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Labiaplasty

At CLNQ in Knutsford & Manchester labiaplasty or labial reduction is the procedure to reduce the size of the labia minora or flaps around the opening of the vagina. This is a procedure that involves removing the excess hanging tissue to help reduce symptoms and improve the appearance.

The procedure is usually performed under a local anaesthetic and with a labiaplasty Manchester & Knutsford patients will mostly be able to go home the same day. Some patients may prefer a general anaesthetic procedure. The operation itself takes about 60 to 90 minutes to perform. Labial reduction is a commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure that help improve symptoms such as discomfort or rubbing.

How Is Labiaplasty Performed?

Labial reduction is performed most commonly under a local anaesthetic as a day case procedure. This means you are awake and have some numbing injections to reduce the discomfort during the procedure. There are two main techniques of labiaplasty that are called the trim and wedge. The surgeon will discuss these options with you and recommend which may be more suitable for you.

Who Is Suitable For Labiaplasty?

Labial reshaping is performed for many reasons and these include:

  • Feel more feminine
  • Improve self confidence
  • Improve the appearance of the area
  • Reduce the symptoms of discomfort or rubbing
  • To help improve asymmetry of the labia minora
  • Help appearance in certain clothes, underwear or swimwear

What are the risks of labiaplasty?

At CLNQ in Manchester & Knutsford labiaplasty can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. The procedure involves reducing the size of the labia minora. Some potential risks with labial reduction are discussed below although your surgeon will discuss these and more during your consultation.

Bruising, Swelling, Bleeding

It is normal to get some swelling after any treatment and this usually takes a few weeks to settle.  Things may become more swollen in the first 2-3 days. Some patients may also experience bruising or bleeding which is can be related to medication being taken.  Some medicines such as aspirin and herbal supplements can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising.

Scar

There will be a permanent scar along the labia or inside depending on the technique.  The scar heals well in most people but some people may develop raised or lumpy scarring known as hypertrophic or keloid scars.

Asymmetry

All patients have some degree of asymmetry between the labia and sometimes following surgery these may become more noticeable or you may become more aware of these.  We will try to highlight some of these asymmetries preoperatively.

Change in Sensation

Any procedure can result in change in sensation to the area.  This is due to some of the sensory nerve being cut during the procedure.  These changes may result in numbness or increased sensitivity.  They may be temporary or permanent.

Under or Over Correction

There may be too much or too little tissue removed during the procedure.  It may not always be possible to predict the exact amount of tissue to be removed.

Infection

Infections are uncommon following these procedures although they may occur.  Although very uncommon, if infection does occur there is a possibility that you may need antibiotic tablets to help.

Residual Laxity

There may be residual tissue or laxity following the procedure.  This may be common around the clitoral hood where some patients may have excess tissue.  We will discuss these with you during your consultation.

Changes with Time

There may be some changes with time, ageing, pregnancy or weight changes.  In some cases, the labia may stretch again and hang with time.  It is difficult to predict this as each individual's tissues will differ.

Labiaplasty Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during the consultation?

You will have a consultation with our surgeon who will ask about your concerns and desired outcomes.  They will take a full medical history and examine you with a chaperone.  They will discuss the various techniques and provide guidance for your specific requirements and anatomy.  You will always be offered a second consultation prior to surgery.  Some patients may be considering some internal tightening such as using radiofrequency with Votiva or Forma V.

When can I go back to work after labiaplasty?

Most people will go back to work about 1-2 weeks following surgery.  Some patients may decide to work sooner depending on the nature of their job.

When can I go back to the gym?

We recommend that no strenuous activity such as exercise or intercourse is undertaken during the first 6 weeks following surgery.  You can return back to the gym after 6 weeks but starting slowly and gradually building up again. 

When can I have sex after a labial reduction?

We recommend you should not have intercourse for up to 6 weeks following your surgery. This provides time for the tissues to heal.  There may be some pain or discomfort initially.  The tissues may also feel firmer due to some scar tissue. 

How much is labiaplasty?

The price for labiaplasty is from £4250 under local anaesthetic.  The price may change depending if you would like a general anaesthetic. 

Where are consultations and surgery performed?

We offer consultation for labiaplasty in Manchester and Knutsford, Cheshire.  The surgery is performed in our CQC registered clinics or one of our local private hospitals such as the Wilmslow Hospital.

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