Labiaplasty, also known as labia reduction, is a cosmetic gynaecology procedure designed to alter the size and shape of the labia minora, which are the inner lips surrounding the vaginal opening. Labia minora reduction most commonly involves reducing the size of both labia or improving labia symmetry by surgically reducing the size of the larger labia. In women, there are two types of labia, the inner labia minora and the outer labia majora. The labia majora are larger than the labia minora and often have hair follicles on the outer surface. The labia minora are smaller and lie medial to the labia majora. There are no hair follicles present on the labia minora.
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In most women, the labia minora project slightly further outwards compared with the labia majora. However, some women may have a significant degree of labia minora enlargement such that they protrude significantly beyond the outer labia majora. Having very large labia can cause considerable discomfort for many women during normal activities of daily living. Many women may also be concerned about the cosmetic appearance of the large labia. For women who are worried about the appearance or feel of their labia, this can be effectively corrected with a labiaplasty procedure or labia reduction.
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Plastic surgeons and gynaecologists carry out labiaplasty surgery, and many women are keen to know how to choose the best labiaplasty surgeon. Many types of cosmetic gynaecology procedures, including labiaplasty and vaginoplasty, have increased in popularity as women become more aware of the options available to improve their appearance and relieve pain symptoms in their intimate regions. Dr Dimitriadi at Centre for Surgery in London is one of the most renowned labiaplasty surgeons in London.
Many women live with enlarged labia for many years without knowing that the size of the labia can be effectively corrected with a labiaplasty procedure that can be easily carried out under a local anaesthetic as an outpatient at our state-of-the-art day-case facility in London. The procedure takes approximately one hour to carry out. The surgery involves removing a small amount of labia to correct the specific concerns of the individual patient. This could be from having enlarged labia on both sides or having uneven labia. The incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches. Most patients have very little pain or discomfort following the labia reduction surgery and can restart exercise and sexual activities after approximately four weeks. Labiaplasty results can be considered significant and permanent, with the potential to improve a woman’s self-confidence significantly.
Labiaplasty procedures are considered a type of cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery procedures are designed to improve the appearance of a body region without altering its function. Many people confuse cosmetic surgery with reconstructive surgery. Unlike cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery is aimed at improving the function of a body area. Labiaplasty surgery can help to enhance a woman’s self-confidence and emotional well-being, and this can help women to feel much more comfortable in themselves.
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Labiaplasty surgery may also be carried out as part of a reconstructive surgery procedure. This most commonly occurs when the labia minora are significantly enlarged such that they protrude way beyond the level of the labia major, and this can result in significant pain and discomfort for many women. Women may have pain when sitting on a stool or riding a bike. Very large labia can also interfere with sexual intercourse and reduce enjoyment and, in some cases, may lead to avoidance of intercourse altogether. In instances of severe labia minora enlargement, women may even be unable to run or even walk comfortably.
Although plastic surgeons and gynaecologists perform labiaplasty surgery, plastic surgeons are not trained to carry out vaginal surgery, unlike gynaecologists. Plastic surgeons are trained to perform aesthetic and reconstructive surgery on the labia. A cosmetic gynaecologist has the skills, training and experience to perform all types of labiaplasty and vaginoplasty surgery. Cosmetic gynaecologists such as Dr Dimitriadi are trained to assess women holistically when assessing their suitability for labiaplasty surgery. In all cases, it is essential that you choose a labiaplasty surgeon that has years of experience in carrying out all types of labiaplasty surgery and vaginoplasty surgery.
Many women feel more comfortable seeing a female doctor for labiaplasty. Dr Dimitriadi is a female gynaecologist with an all-female nursing team to help patients be as satisfied as possible throughout their patient experience at Centre for Surgery.
Labiaplasty at Centre for Surgery
Centre for Surgery is home to some of the leading labiaplasty surgeons in the UK and is proud to offer the highest standards of medical care.
- Our labiaplasty surgeons have many years of experience carrying out all types of labiaplasty treatments, including trim labiaplasty and wedge labiaplasty.
- Our post-operative nursing team are available round-the-clock to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
- Our London cosmetic surgery clinic is located in the heart of central London on Baker Street.
- Our labiaplasty prices are highly competitive given the level of service we provide.
- We offer the latest gold standard techniques for carrying out labiaplasty with minimal bruising and swelling to ensure a quick labiaplasty recovery.