Labia Reduction (Labiaplasty)
A minimal protrusion of the inner lips beyond the outer lips of the genital organ is considered natural. However, the inner lips may extend out of the outer lips in some women due to various causes, leading to a sagging appearance. Inner lip sagging may occur due to giving birth more than once or because of the genetic factors. This situation may cause some problems in the sex life of a woman. Besides losing the self-confidence in front of the partner and avoiding nudeness, a woman may avoid wearing swimsuits or tight pants.
Furthermore, a woman may experience urinary incontinence when she coughs or sneezes. The labial reduction surgery is the method that eliminates all of these problems. It is possible to reduce the saggy inner lips with this easy-to-perform surgery.
How is Labioplasty Surgery Performed?
Labium reduction surgery is a very easy operation and completed in a short time. It is usually performed under local anesthesia, which provides anesthesia in the area of the body below the waist. However, general anesthesia may be preferred in some patients. After achieving appropriate anesthesia, excess tissue is removed by applying an incision so that the inner lips will no longer sag out of the outer lips. This process aims to achieve not only a reduction but also an appearance of the inner lips having more regularly shaped contours.
After the excision of the excess tissue, the incision is closed with absorbable sutures and then the operation is completed. The whole procedure of this aesthetic intervention takes about half an hour.
Recovery Process After Labial Reduction Surgery
Patients experience a comfortable recovery period after the operation. Approximately 2 to 3 hours after the operation, the patient can be discharged from the hospital and go home. Since anesthesia is performed, it is recommended that the patient has a rest at home on the day of the surgery. Hygiene is the most important component of the recovery process. The patient should pay maximum attention to the hygiene of the surgical site. Especially the area of intervention needs to be cleaned hygienically after using the toilet. Sexual abstinence is another point requiring attention during recovery. Sexual intercourse can cause wound dehiscence, bleeding, and infections. Therefore, sexual abstinence should be practiced during the period specified by the physician. The underwear needs to be changed daily and hygienic pads should be used for several days. Recovery period will be completed comfortably as long as these precautions are complied with.
Labial Reduction Surgery and Combined Operations
The only patient complaint involving the vagina may not be the enlarged and saggy inner lips. A combined set of operations or medical aesthetic procedures can be performed together with labiaplasty in these patients. For example; plumping up of the outer lips can be performed. As plumping up the outer lips will cause a reduction in the saggy appearance of the inner lips, a combination of this procedure with labial reduction surgery can be completed successfully with excision of a lower volume of tissue. Another surgery that can be combined with labiaplasty is to narrow the vaginal opening. Both vaginal narrowing and labial reduction can be achieved in a single session of surgery. The patient can easily overcome these two difficulties after undergoing a single recovery period.