Labiaplasty, also referred to as labioplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that is the most commonly performed aesthetic gynaecology procedure to improve the appearance of female sexual organs.
The external part of the female genital tract consists of larger and smaller anatomical structures. These include the major and minor labia, the anterior and posterior labia majora, the labial frenulum, the pubic fossa, the clitoris, the clitoral foreskin, the clitoral frenulum and the vaginal vestibule. The main role of the major labia is to protect the vaginal entrance from infection. They are also responsible for maintaining adequate bacterial flora and moisture, and protecting the delicate area from mechanical trauma.
The major labia are divided into greater and lesser labia majora. Larger labia – the outer ones, are made of fatty tissue, so they cushion any trauma, for example during sexual intercourse. The smaller labia, on the other hand, protect the internal structures of the sexual system.
Many patients, struggling with asymmetrical or too large labia, opt for labiaplasty, which allows them to correct the shape of the labia and get rid of the discomfort felt on a daily basis, including inflammation, swelling and painful abrasions. This procedure allows the surgeon specialist to reduce the major or minor labia, improving the patient’s comfort.
Labiaplasty is a safe procedure that eliminates asymmetry and remodels the shape of the labia, improving a woman’s appearance, well-being and self – confidence.
Labiaplasty involves removing excess tissue within the labia minora and correcting existing asymmetry.
A specialized surgeon performs labioplasty under local anesthesia, or under general anesthesia, either surgically (using a scalpel) or by laser (using a laser beam). Laser labioplasty is a modern alternative to surgery, and reduces the risk of post-surgical scarring. Depending on the particular case and the method chosen, labioplasty can take between 60 and 150 minutes, and is a safe procedure with a low risk of post-surgical complications.