As mentioned, labiaplasty refers to the surgical procedure designed to decrease the size of the labia minora (the inner tissues of female genitalia). The procedure will bring balance on the labia minora to the labia major (outer part of the female genitalia). There are multiple reasons females may have larger labia, ranging from childbirth to aging and genetics. A labiaplasty is often chosen for more than cosmetic appearance but also because enlarged labia can affect routine exercise, cause urinary tract infections and affect sexual activity and even hygiene.
There are several ways a labiaplasty can be performed surgically. Your surgeon will discuss with you during your initial consultation the best route to follow for the best medical and cosmetic result. Depending on the type of surgery, a local anesthetic or general anesthetic may be used. The most common surgical technique used is the trim procedure. Your surgeon will remove the excess part of the labia minora to make it symmetrical and flush with the labia majora. Post-surgery pain, swelling and inflammation are common, and your surgeon will discuss your recovery timeline with you in detail. Hot and long showers should be limited, and the area needs to be patted dry after every wash. You should take all your post-surgery medication such as antibiotics as prescribed by your surgeon. Exercise should be avoided until your surgeon has given you medical clearance to do so. Sexual activity should be refrained for a minimum of 4 weeks.