Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to decrease the size of the labia minora; it is one of the genital rejuvenation procedures which aims to reduce the discomfort caused by the undesired and elongated shape of the labia minora.

   Labiaplasty is not as popular as many other cosmetic procedures; beside being a relatively newer procedure, it is not very popular also because general lack of knowledge on the genital anatomy. When the number of patients who had labiaplasty and breast augmentation are compared, it is seen that the amount of breast augmentation patients are 30 times more than labiaplasty patients. However, with %91 satisfaction rate, labiaplasty provides very efficient results today.

In which conditions labiaplasty can be performed?

   Elongated labia can be resulted from many reasons such as aging, genetics, pregnancy or genital piercings; in this case, labia minora gets affected from the fabric of the bottom clothes-especially if they are tight. The friction in the area causes irritation, pain, discomfort and infections. Patients suffering from this condition often state that they feel uncomfortable while wearing tight clothes and they cannot do certain exercises as they wish.

   While labiaplasty can be a remedy for all of these, before deciding on the surgery, a detailed consultation made with a professional is a must. The diagnosis of the problem and the treatment plan should be made carefully. It should be accepted that this operation cannot fix psychological sexual dysfunctions; therefore, it is a suitable operation for those who are in a good state both physically and mentally. Patients with realistic expectations can really increase their life quality with this operation.

How is the procedure performed?

   Labiaplasty is a painless operation performed under anesthesia; it takes around 1-2 hours.

   One of the most common techniques for labiaplasty is trim technique; in this technique, the outer edges of the labia minora are removed by a linear incision. The advantage of this technique is it allows the darker parts to be removed too, while removing the excess edges.

   Another most common technique is wedge technique, in which v-shaped bottom parts of the labia minora are removed and the remaining edges are stitched together. This technique provides patients with a more natural appearance with the original edges, however cannot remove the dark parts.

   While both techniques give very successful results, the most suitable technique for the individual should be chosen after a detailed consultation done with the plastic surgeon; it is important for surgeon to listen to the expectations and medical history of the patients before deciding on the technique.

   After the operation, patients should wear loose bottoms and refrain from heavy physical activities.

   Patients can usually get back to work a week after the operation; sexual intercourse and using tampons should be refrained for at least 6 weeks.

   Clinic Mono offers free online consultations in which the experienced medical consultants reply all your inquiries and get an individual treatment plan from Mono plastic surgeons for you. For further information, please visit https://clinicmono.com/labiaplasty/.

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