The labiaplasty procedure is performed under general anesthesia. There are two techniques used in labiaplasty surgery. These are:
The trim method involves reduction of labia minor, the slicing off of the outer edge of the labia minora, leaving about 1cm from the edge of the labia majora. The lips are clamped and then cut with a scalpel in a very quick operation. A thin scar is left on the edge of the labia minora, and leaves you with a scalloped edge after taking a year to fully heal and the scar to mature, especially if the zig-zag cut is used. (The zig-zag cut reduces scar tension.)
This method of labiaplasty takes a wedge or other shaped section of the labia out, preserving most of the natural edge of the labia minora. It leaves one very small horizontal scar on the labia where the two sides of the wedge are removed and sewn together. This preserves a lot of the natural labia structure, while reducing surface area. This method has two variations, with one being the standard wedge, and the being the hockey stick wedge.
Our team will evaluate your medical history to check for conditions that may delay the surgery or the healing process. Some of the common conditions are:
Please avoid aspirin and brufen-containing medication for two weeks prior to surgery to eliminate the chance of post op bleeding. Generally it is best to continue any blood pressure or blood sugar medications. These may safely be taken with a sip of water on the morning of surgery. Women should ensure negative pregnancy test before surgery.
Protect your health prior to surgery. Even a simple cold could cause complications with the anesthesia. If you do develop an illness right before your surgery, let your surgeon know. You may need to postpone your labiaplasty surgery until you feel better. On the day of your procedure, do not wear any skin care products, makeup, deodorant, perfume, nail polish or powder.
If at any time you experience bright red external bleeding, high fever or shaking, chills, foul smelling discharge, burning with urination or persistent pain beyond what is to be expected, call the office immediately.