Labiaplasty in Cyprus, Greece and Malta
Every woman’s body is unique. The pubic and labia area is no exception. Every woman has different vaginal features, including a unique clitoris, labia and vagina.
However, aging, childbirth and intense sexual activity throughout the years can alter the appearance of the pubic-labia area. The changes are apparent in the skin flaps on the sides of the vaginal opening and can affect women’s confidence and sex life.
Apart from these gradual changes to the area, many women suffer from enlarged labia from an early age, experiencing pain, irritation, urinary tract infections, and difficulties with exercise, hygiene and sexual activity.
Enlarged labia can also make it difficult for women to wear and feel comfortable in skinny trousers, yoga pants or swimsuits.
For all these reasons, labiaplasty is an effective solution for women who want to regain their confidence and enhance their intimate relationships.
What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure that aims to reduce the vulva’s inner tissues (labia minora) so that they become symmetrical with the outer part of the female genitals (labia majora).
The procedure involves utilizing specialized surgical techniques to reshape the skin and fatty tissues. The surgical method the plastic surgeon will choose depends on the patient’s unique situation.
The majority of labiaplasties are performed on sexually mature women. That’s because labia continue to develop beyond puberty into early adulthood. Occasionally, women younger than 18 opt for labiaplasty because they have enlarged labia minora that cause intense discomfort in performing routine physical activities. Apart from being a congenital condition, labia enlargement (hypertrophy) can also appear after childbirth and hormone treatments.
Who is a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?
While labial hypertrophy usually does not affect one’s health, consideration of a labiaplasty may be necessary when enlarged labia tissues start to impact the quality of life or prevent the individual from fully engaging in certain activities.
- Fully developed women who are in good health.
- Women whose labial tissues can become stretched out or redundant due to pregnancy.
- Following menopause, the vulvar lips can droop with loss of collagen and elastin.
- Concerned or self-conscious about the appearance of the labia when nude.
- Experience pain or discomfort due to pulling of the labia with intercourse.
- Irritation in clothing occurring from friction due to excess labia tissue.
- Tenderness and irritation during physical activities.
- Failed or unsatisfactory previous labiaplasty – can often be improved with revision surgery.
Recovery After Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is an outpatient surgery. Thus, hospitalization is not required unless labiaplasty is combined with other cosmetic surgeries.
Swelling, redness, bruising and discomfort are common for the first few days, and they will resolve after a week.
Patients can resume their daily activities from the 1st day after labiaplasty unless these activities can exert pressure on the wound. Women should refrain from sitting for prolonged periods during the initial two weeks. Most ladies feel good enough to return to work in 3-5 days, although everyone heals at their own pace.
Sexual intercourse will need to be postponed until the labia has fully healed in about 6 weeks.
Like any surgery, it takes at least 6 weeks for the initial swelling to recede, and 6 months up to a year for the results to be complete. Incisions are hidden in the natural crease of the labia region. There is usually minimal scarring, as incisions are made in the labial “mucosa” rather than the skin.
Several follow-up appointments will be scheduled with Dr. Stavrou, allowing him to carefully follow your healing process. He will give the go-ahead for resuming physical activities, including sexual intercourse. During this time, patients need to follow this post-op advice from Dr. Stavrou:
• Keep the area clean & free from any infections.
• Avoid sexual activity for about 6 weeks.
• Avoid physical activity for 6-12 weeks.
• Wear loose underwear & clothes to avoid rubbing.
• Use sanitary towels instead of tampons.
• Avoid long showers & pat the wound dry after washing.
• Refrain from bike riding, horseback riding and running until the surgeon allows it.
What Does Labiaplasty Involve?
Several labiaplasty techniques have evolved with the technological and medical advancements of recent years. The two most common techniques are trim procedure and wedge procedure. Dr. Stavrou pays special attention to the clitoris and urethra to ensure they remain intact and the area’s sensitivity is not affected.
Step 1 Anesthesia
Labiaplasty requires general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist.
The surgeon may also use local anesthetic to prevent bleeding and bruising during surgery and keep the area numb for many hours after surgery.
Step 2 Surgical Procedure
The right technique will depend on the individual patient’s needs and lifestyle. These include:
- Trim Procedure
The excess tissue is removed with a straight-line incision along the edge of the labia.
The surgical incisions are closed with absorbable sutures, and the scar is generally inconspicuous.
The trim procedure is the most common type of labiaplasty, widely performed by most plastic surgeons. It is a powerful technique for changing the shape and size of the entire labia minora. It may address excess length, asymmetry, as well as hyperpigmentation.
The vagina is not normally addressed during a labiaplasty.
- Wedge Procedure
During wedge labiaplasty, a central wedge of the labia minora is removed in a V-shaped pattern. The front and back portions of the labia minora are then stitched together.
Dr. Stavrou ensures the submucosa – the tissue beneath a mucous membrane – is left intact.
This may be an effective technique for patients presenting with asymmetry or excess length of the central third of the labia minora.
It is less effective in reducing excess tissue at the other sites. Wedge labiaplasty also does not remove the pigmented tissue at the leading edge of the labia minora.
- Clitoral Hood Reduction
For women with redundant clitoral hood tissue, a reduction of the clitoral hood can also be performed as part of a labiaplasty. Clitoral hood reduction involves careful trimming of excess skin that hangs over the clitoris. The overlying skin is then rearranged without risking nerve injury or affecting sexual sensation or stimulation.
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Where Will Labiaplasty Surgery Take Place?
Dr. Stavrou performs labiaplasty in accredited medical centers in Cyprus, Greece and Malta.
The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses only state-of-the-art medical equipment. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for his patients.
After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff.
The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in a beautiful, exclusive and luxurious environment.
FAQs for Labiaplasty
How painful is labiaplasty recovery?
Labiaplasty is one of the least painful surgical procedures. Patients can return to routine activities from the first day following the operation. Soreness, swelling and bruising are usual side effects that might last up to 2 weeks.
The surgeon will prescribe painkillers and antibiotics to avoid infections, ensure minimal discomfort and a speedy recovery.
Can women get Labiaplasty after pregnancy?
After repeated pregnancies and/or vaginal deliveries in some women, the skin in the area often loses elasticity and looks stretched.
Labiaplasty can be performed as part of a mommy makeover surgical bundle that also includes breast lift or breast augmentation, abdominoplasty or body contouring or liposuction.
A combination of procedures will help restore a mother’s confidence by offering her a body shape and size they feel comfortable in.
The sure thing is that labiaplasty works wonders in boosting women’s confidence and sexuality!
What are the risks of labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is considered a safe and effective procedure. Redness, tenderness and swelling are normal immediately after surgery, but these will quickly improve. Although rare, unexpected bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry, and nerve damage can occur. However, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon and an accredited plastic surgery clinic diminishes labiaplasty risks.
Book an appointment with Dr. Stavrou and EIPS staff today to discuss your thoughts and concerns about labiaplasty.
- Cyprus, Nicosia & Limassol: 70088002 or +357 97873787
- Greece, Athens: +30 6971881572
- Malta, Sliema: +356 79317641
How much does a labiaplasty cost?
Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure that requires a talented plastic surgeon with outstanding experience in performing labiaplasties. Thus, the primary concern for every patient who wants to undergo a safe cosmetic procedure should be to find a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon.
The cost of labiaplasty ranges based on the country and the experience of the doctor. In general, labiaplasty cost is calculated based on a variety of factors, such as:
- Pre-op Tests
- Anesthesia Used
- Type of Labiaplasty