Labia reduction or labiaplasty is customised to the needs of the individual patient, and there is no fixed cost for the procedure. Labia reduction surgery can be performed using one of several techniques, and the extent of surgical correction can determine the final cost of labia reduction.
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Labia reduction techniques
The particular surgical technique used by your surgeon will play a significant part in determining labia reduction cost in London. Labia reduction can be performed differently depending on the type and extent of labial hypertrophy. Each technique has its pros and cons.
Edge excision technique
The edge excision method of labia reduction, also known as the direct excision technique, involves surgically trimming the edges of excess labial tissue.
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Wedge resection technique
An alternative technique to the edge excision method is wedge resection. Your surgeon will remove a V-shaped portion of labelled tissue from both sides of the labia. The incision lines are closed with dissolvable stitches, which reduces the size of large labia. There are several different techniques for wedge resection depending on the area which needs to be surgically reduced, including:
- Central wedge resection
- Inferior wedge resection
- Posterior wedge resection
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Although less commonly performed than either edge excision or wedge resection, this technique can be useful for women with smaller degrees of labia enlargement. The procedure focuses on removing the superficial layer of labial tissue to preserve the natural border of the labia. Other techniques include a z-plasty which is useful for labia reconstruction. Smaller segments of labial tissue are removed to preserve the overall labia contour and prevent excessive scarring. Composite reduction involves creating multiple segments of labia to effectively reduce and reshape the labia. The procedure may involve removing a portion of the labia with the extension of the surgical removal to involve a portion of the clitoral hood. In women with both clitoral hood enlargement and labial hypertrophy, this technique can be useful to restore the natural appearance of the labia minora.
Labia minora vs labia majora
Labia minora reduction is the most common type of labia reduction surgery. Additional costs may be incurred if women choose to have a labia majora reduction.
The labia minora are the inner lips of the labia. Surgery to make them smaller involves delicate and precise surgery and takes longer to perform. The cost of labia reduction may therefore be more. The extent of labial hypertrophy will also determine the cost and whether clitoral hood reduction (hoodectomy) needs to be combined in the same procedure to reduce the labia size or improve symmetry.
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The labia majora are the outer lips of the labia. Labia majora reduction is technically easier to perform and is a shorter procedure, and may therefore cost less when performed on its own.
Costs and prices of labia reduction surgery
The cost of labia reduction in London will also be influenced by where you choose to have your procedure. Treatment in London costs slightly more than in the rest of the UK due to the higher cost of living in the capital. The type of anaesthesia administered, whether local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic, will also influence the cost. A general anaesthetic will require an anaesthetist to supervise your anaesthetic and will incur a separate charge. Centre for Surgery owns and operates a state-of-the-art surgical facility in the heart of central London. Owning our own facility means we can control the costs of the procedure more effectively compared with Surgery at third-party providers. Our surgeons are skilled in local anaesthetic techniques for labiaplasty surgery which helps to reduce the cost of your procedure.
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Patients may choose to combine a labia reduction with other cosmetic gynaecology procedures such as clitoral hood reduction, vaginal tightening and vaginal rejuvenation treatments. Combining labia reduction with other procedures will increase the overall costs.
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Labia reduction at Centre for Surgery
Centre for Surgery is one of the leading cosmetic surgery clinics in London, specialising in all types of labia reduction surgery.