The procedure | Labia reduction

Elongated inner labia can lead to both functional as well as aesthetic complaints. Mechanical problems like pain due to rubbing can be very uncomfortable. A labia reduction aims to restore the balance between inner and outer lips, therefore eliminating pain and discomfort.

Where will I be operated?

The operation will be performed in the fully equipped operating theatre at the Radetzky villa.

What can I expect of the operation?

Your surgeon will always see you before the operation and will talk you through the steps. Pictures will be taken for documentation. The operation will be under local anaesthetic and will start with marking the portion of the labia that will be removed. Incisions will be made in inconspicuous areas and will be closed by resolvable sutures.

What are the risks?

Operations in this area are known to have a slightly higher risk of infection and wound healing problems. Keeping this zone clean by taking regular showers (3 times a day) is therefore very important in the first week after surgery. If wound breakdown does occur, the healing will take a little longer. Please contact your surgeon if you have any doubt.

What can I expect after the operation?

Most women describe a feeling of soreness in the first few days. It may be uncomfortable to sit down for a while, but this will disappear as swelling subsides and healing occurs. You should take regular showers to keep the wounds clean.

What will the scars be like?

The scars of the surgery will be positioned in natural body creases and usually do not bother women once healed.

How long before I can resume my normal life?

Most manage to return to light activities in the first few days after surgery. On average it takes one week to be able to return to work (depending on physical requirements). Sports activities can on average be resumed after 6 weeks. Please listen to your body though; pain is a protective mechanism so if certain movements (like sliding) are painful please refrain from doing them.

What is good to know about the long term?

Skin that is removed will not return.
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