Labiaplasty (Labial Reduction Surgery) in Bristol
Labial reduction surgery, otherwise known as a labiaplasty, is a procedure to reduce the size and prominence of the vaginal lips. The procedure is designed to decrease the size and degree of protuberance of the labia minora, or ‘inner lips’ of the vagina.
Why you might need labial reduction surgery
The most common reason for women to request this operation is because the labia are perceived to be too large and aesthetically un-pleasing. A small number of women state that the large size of their labia make them noticeable in tight clothing, or make sports such as cycling uncomfortable. Women can become self-conscious about the size and shape of their labia over time, and also after childbirth when the labia can change.
Assessment for a labiaplasty
Before deciding if this surgery is right for you, it’s important you understand exactly how the surgery works and what you can expect post surgery. Mr Sherif Wilson MB, ChB, MS, FRCS (Plastic Surgery) will meet you personally during a consultation where he will talk you through the operation step-by-step. He will be happy to answer any questions and provide honest answers backed up by his vast plastic surgery experience.
What does this procedure involve?
A labiaplasty is a relatively simple operation, which normally takes no more than two hours to complete. Depending on the level of surgery required as advised by Mr Wilson, you may be put under general anaesthetic whilst the operation takes place. The majority of labiaplasty procedures though are performed under local anaesthetic. During the operation, Mr Wilson will trim any area within the labia that protrudes or is uneven, and will close any open areas with dissolvable stitches to prevent unnecessary scarring.