Despite being a procedure that is virtually never talked about, labiaplasty surgery is actually one of the most commonly performed procedures at Centre for Surgery. In many cases, certain gynaecological concerns affecting women are often viewed with a degree of stigma. Our treatment approach at Centre for Surgery is to try and remove a lot of these unnecessary barriers which lead many women to suffer in silence. Labiaplasty is also known as labia reduction and encompasses a number of different procedures to alter the structure of the female external genitalia for aesthetic and/or functional benefit.
All of us have certain physical features that differentiate us from one another. These could be aspects such as hair colour, nose shape or breast size and this is often the case even in identical twins. The same principle also applies to the appearance of the female external genitalia which differs significantly from one person to another as part of a normal spectrum of normality.
Although many women are completely happy with the appearance of their labia, many are concerned and this can lead to a loss of confidence.
Is labioplasty a common procedure?
If having excessively large labia has been a source of concern for you, then you may well have heard of the labioplasty procedure as part of your research online. The procedure of labioplasty consists primarily of reducing the size and or reshaping the inner lips of the vulval region and these are also known as the labia minora. The most common type of labiaplasty procedure is known as labia minora reduction.
The presence of excessively large or abnormally shaped labia which may or may not be asymmetrical can be a significant cause of concern for many women. Excessively enlarged or elongated labia can be a source of discomfort when carrying out physical exercise or cause pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse and even certain types of clothing may be avoided due to the potential for causing rubbing and discomfort. Many women may develop pain and discomfort from tampon use, or even from simply walking as part of everyday activities.
In the most severe of cases, even straightforward activities of daily living can be affected by significant pain or discomfort. Many women suffer in silence without reporting their symptoms to a doctor. The result can be devastating for many women who may go on to avoid intimate relationships due to the fear of embarrassment with the appearance of their labia.
It is important to bear in mind that this is a very common problem affecting many women. According to the latest research from the European society of aesthetic gynaecology, more women than ever before are choosing to have labia reduction surgery and not just for improving the appearance of the labia. With each passing year, the number of labiaplasty procedures has increased significantly as a result of the highly successful outcomes the procedure can produce. This has led to increasing social acceptance of the procedure due to the significant benefits it can bring to many affected women.
What does a labiaplasty procedure involve?
The labiaplasty procedure is a very safe and straightforward procedure when carried out in expert hands. Virtually all labiaplasty procedures can be carried out under local anaesthetic with or without oral sedation. The most common labiaplasty technique involves simple trimming of the extra redundant tissue of the labia minora which are also known as the inner lips of the vulva.
Most labiaplasty surgery takes between 40 1:55 hours to carry out depending on the complexity of the correction required. The recovery process after surgery is also very smooth and straightforward with most women not even requiring prescription painkillers in the post-operative period. For patients who have local anaesthetic for their labiaplasty, then they will be able to drive home after their procedure. However, if you have had any type of sedation or general anaesthetic then you require a responsible adult escort to pick you up and drive you home as you will still be quite drowsy after the procedure has finished.
Most women will find they need approximately 5 to 7 days of work and should avoid any strenuous exercise and sexual intercourse for at least four weeks. I will surgeons take care to use special absorbable stitches which do not require a separate post-operative visit for potentially painful suture removal. This is a big plus point for most women who are considering labiaplasty surgery.
Having labiaplasty at Centre for Surgery in London
Our surgeons carry out in excess of over 100 labiaplasty procedures of all types each year including labia minora reduction which is the most common type of labiaplasty procedure. This means our surgeons are some of the most skilled and experienced surgeons in this type of surgery in the UK.
Patience considering lovey a reduction in London, you should give us a call to book a free complimentary consultation directly with the surgeon. Dr Dimitriadi is a specialist in all types of gynaecological procedures including labiaplasty and writes extensively on safety in labiaplasty in national and international research journals. This means that prospective patients can really make a highly informed decision on surgery knowing that they have the best information and advice from a top labiaplasty specialist in London.
How much does labia reduction surgery cost?
The vast majority of cosmetic surgery including procedures like labiaplasty is not covered by private medical insurance and is not carried out in the NHS. This means you will have to pay to have the procedure carried out by a reputable private healthcare provider such as Centre for Surgery in London. Centre for Surgery, the average cost of labiaplasty starts at £4000. You will receive an accurate quote once you have had a face-to-face consultation with Dr Dimitriadi where a full medical history and examination will be carried out to determine your suitability for labia minora reduction. We are also able to offer a full range of affordable finance plans with our finance partner, Chrysalis finance. This means having labiaplasty surgery becomes a definite reality for many patients who previously would not have been able to afford the procedure.
Dr Dimitriadi is an accredited specialist in aesthetic gynaecology and is very committed to helping women who are concerned by either the appearance or function of their labia minora. We always try to make all our procedures as accessible as possible for as many patients as possible to help you reach your goals. This is why we always strive to offer free consultations, and you are more than welcome to return for a follow-up consultation if you would like to learn more or if you are unsure about any aspect of the labiaplasty plastic procedure.
If you have made up your mind and are keen to consider what the benefits of Libya reduction in London can mean for you then give us a call today and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable patient care coordinators to book a free complimentary consultation with Dr Dimitriadi.