Labiaplasty – what it is, what it costs and treatments
The genitals are our most intimate part of the body. And like any part of the body, they evolve at certain times due to particular life stages. These factors, from childbirth to trauma to genetics to simply getting older, can either not phase us at all, or have us contemplating intervention – and this is where a labiaplasty enters the discussion.
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Duration of results
Back to work
1 to 2 weeks
Full recovery time
4 to 6 weeks
11,000 AED to 18,000 AED
1 to 2 hours
Local or general anaesthetic
What is labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty, also known as labial reconstruction, reduction or rejuvenation, is a surgical procedure to change the appearance, shape or size of the inner lips (labia minora) or the outer lips (labia majora) of the vulva.
There are two layers of labia (the Latin for lips) and they are there to protect the more sensitive parts of the vulva, such as the vagina, that lie further in.
The outer labia or labia majora are covered in regular skin, full of fat and work like air bags to protect the inner labia which are thinner and more sensitive. They come in all shapes and sizes and all are completely normal.
However, long inner labia may become sore if they chafe against tight trousers. A labiaplasty can help ease this discomfort. It can also remove cancerous tissue, repair tears after childbirth or the trauma of an accident.
How does labiaplasty work?
The science behind it
During the labiaplasty procedure, a surgeon shortens or reshapes the labia and removes unwanted tissue with a scalpel or a laser.
Before the treatment
If you feel like labiaplasty treatment is right for you, these are the steps you should take.
- First, you’ll have a consultation to discuss your needs and desired outcome. Find a qualified, approved clinician to ensure the surgery is safe and gets the best results here.
- Shaving isn’t recommended as it can increase the risk of infection if you cut yourself. The hospital will remove any pubic hair if needed.
Avoid taking any blood-thinning medication, such as aspirin, at least two weeks before the surgery.
You will need to stop eating and drinking around eight hours before the operation.
During the treatment
There are two types of labiaplasty technique:
Wedge – a V-shaped ‘wedge’ is removed from both sides of the labia and the remaining edges are stitched together.
Trim – the outer edge of the inner labia is trimmed to be even with the outer labia.
When having labiaplasty you can usually prepare to come home the same day.
The area that is treated is very sensitive and so you will need to plan for some rest time after surgery. Recovery times vary for each person but make sure to book a week off work at the very least.
Is labiaplasty permanent? Plus, other things you need to know
Is labiaplasty permanent?
Yes. Once you have recovered from surgery, you should not need further procedures. Labiaplasty will not interfere in your day-to-day life or affect your ability to conceive or have sexual intercourse. It’s important to note, however, that just like labia that haven’t had surgery, changes can still occur during pregnancy and childbirth.
How much does labiaplasty cost?
Labiaplasty can cost between 11,000 AED and 18,000 AED. Prices will vary depending on the clinic, and the expertise and experience of the surgeon.
How can I find labiaplasty near me?
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How does a labiaplasty differ from vaginoplasty?
Vaginoplasty is surgery performed on the vaginal opening’s structure and shape, while labiaplasty is surgery on the labia majora or labia minora. Both can be performed simultaneously.
Labial laser resurfacing is a minimally invasive alternative to labiaplasty. A laser heats the skin, causing it to contract and trigger the production of new collagen to restore elasticity. This shrinks and tightens the labia without the need to remove skin and tissue.
This can take less than one hour but will require multiple sessions before results are seen. Recovery time is around a week.
- The vagina is the name for the muscular canal that runs to the cervix, not the entire reproductive organ. The vulva is the name for all the outside parts including the clitoris, labia, urethra, and vaginal opening.
- The vagina is a self-cleaning organ. It’s made up of different glands designed to clean and keep things lubricated, so you should only really clean your labia with warm water.
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