Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure that alters the size and shape of the labia in the vaginal area. The labia are the lips of vulva, which is a woman’s external genital. Labia reduction is popular with young mothers as child birth can adversely affect the appearance of the labia. Having a labia reduction has no effect on the size or tightness of the actual vagina. However, a Vaginoplasty procedure can address this issue.
Labiaplasty will take place under general anaesthetic, or local anaesthetic with sedation. The procedure can last up to an hour, although sometimes considerably less than that. The surgeon will cut away the unwanted labia tissue to create a more desired shape. There will be no need to return to have the sutures removed as they will be dissolve naturally.
Risks and side effects
A labia reduction operation can result in bleeding, infection, permanent colour change or even a loss of sensation. However, complications are rare, and after a few weeks of minor pain and swelling, your downstairs region should be perfectly normal. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for at least six weeks.
Cost and prices
The price of labiaplasty in a UK private cosmetic clinic can range from £1800 to £3000, depending on the level of work required. If you choose to have labiaplasty abroad, you can save up to £1000. But remember, you may require follow up work so overseas surgery may not be the best policy.
NHS, private or abroad
Labiaplasty is sometimes offered on the NHS but only if there is a clinical reason for the procedure e.g. if your labia is painful during sex. If you simply don't like the look of your labia, the NHS will not accommodate you. Fortunately, labiaplasty is available in many private plastic surgery clinics in both the UK and abroad.
Is medical treatment abroad a good idea or is it less safe than in the UK?