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Popular FAQs about Labiaplasty Surgery

The world of cosmetic surgery can often feel like traversing a complex labyrinth filled with medical jargon, varied procedures, and a plethora of personal decisions. Among these, labiaplasty—a procedure aimed at altering the appearance and functionality of the labia—has emerged as a topic of increasing interest and discussion. Whether driven by discomfort, aesthetic desires, or health concerns, women considering labiaplasty are often in search of clear, concise information to guide their journey.

Recognising the questions and concerns that accompany the decision to undergo labiaplasty, Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna has compiled a complex guide structured around key categories of labiaplasty FAQs.

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FAQS about Labiaplasty Surgery Details

What is labiaplasty?

  • Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure aimed at reducing the size and altering the shape of the labia minora (the inner vaginal lips) and/or the labia majora (the outer vaginal lips). It can help address issues such as discomfort, irritation, and self-consciousness related to the appearance or size of the labia.

Who is a good candidate for labiaplasty?

  • Good candidates for labiaplasty are women who are physically healthy, have realistic expectations, and are bothered by the size, shape, or symmetry of their labia, which may cause discomfort, pain during physical activities, or sexual dysfunction. It’s important to have a thorough consultation with Anca to determine suitability.

How does labiaplasty differ from vaginal rejuvenation?

  • Labiaplasty specifically targets the labia minora and/or labia majora to alter their size and shape. Vaginal rejuvenation is a broader term that can include labiaplasty but also refers to procedures that tighten the vaginal canal, enhance vaginal muscle tone, or address other concerns related to vaginal health and function.

What are the reasons someone might consider labiaplasty?

  • You may consider labiaplasty for a variety of reasons, including physical discomfort during activities like cycling or sex, irritation from clothing, challenges with hygiene, or dissatisfaction with the appearance of the labia. Emotional and psychological well-being is also a significant factor for many.

Is labiaplasty a relatively new procedure?

  • Labiaplasty has been performed for several decades, but it has gained more attention and popularity in recent years due to increased awareness, evolving societal attitudes towards cosmetic surgery, and advancements in surgical techniques. The procedure has a history of helping women achieve their desired outcomes with respect to comfort and aesthetics.

What are the different techniques used in labiaplasty?

  • There are two main techniques used in labiaplasty: the trim procedure and the wedge procedure. The trim technique involves removing excess tissue along the edge of the labia, while the wedge technique removes a pie-shaped piece of tissue, preserving the natural border of the labia. The best technique depends on your anatomy and desired outcome.

What type of anaesthesia is used during labiaplasty?

  • Labiaplasty can be performed under local anaesthesia with or without sedation, or under general anaesthesia. The choice depends on your preference, the complexity of the procedure, and Anca’s recommendation. Most patients report minimal discomfort during the procedure.

How long does the labiaplasty procedure take?

  • The duration of a labiaplasty procedure typically ranges from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the surgery and the specific techniques used. Additional time may be required if labiaplasty is performed in conjunction with other procedures.

What should I expect during the labiaplasty procedure?

  • During labiaplasty, Anca will carefully reshape or reduce the size of the labia minora and/or labia majora according to the pre-discussed plan. Incisions are made in discreet areas to minimise visible scarring. The goal is to achieve a natural-looking result that meets your aesthetic and functional needs.

How should I prepare for labiaplasty?

  • Preparation for labiaplasty includes following Anca’s instructions on stopping certain medications, arranging for someone to drive you home after the procedure, and preparing your recovery area with necessary supplies such as ice packs and loose, comfortable clothing. It’s also important to abstain from smoking and alcohol, as these can affect healing.

FAQs about Labiaplasty Risks and Complications

Labiaplasty FAQs

What are the potential risks and complications of labiaplasty?

  • Like any surgical procedure, labiaplasty carries risks such as infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia. Specific to labiaplasty, there’s a risk of asymmetry, changes in sensation, scarring, and dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome. Discussing these risks with your plastic surgeon beforehand is crucial.

How common are complications after labiaplasty?

  • Complications after labiaplasty are relatively rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon. Most patients experience a smooth recovery with satisfactory results. However, it’s important to follow all post-operative care instructions to minimise the risk of complications.

Can labiaplasty affect sexual sensation?

  • There’s a concern that labiaplasty might affect sexual sensation due to nerve damage. However, when performed correctly, the procedure does not negatively impact sexual function, and some patients report improved comfort and sexual satisfaction due to the reduction of excess tissue.

What happens if I’m not happy with the results of my labiaplasty?

  • If you’re dissatisfied with the results, it’s important to discuss your concerns with your surgeon. In some cases, minor revisions can be made after complete healing to address any issues. Patience is essential, as it can take several months to see the final outcome.

Is there a risk of scarring after labiaplasty?

  • Any surgical procedure can result in scarring, but the incisions made during labiaplasty are small and placed in inconspicuous areas to minimise visible scarring. Following post-operative care instructions and attending follow-up appointments can help ensure the best possible healing and aesthetic outcome.

FAQs about Labiaplasty Recovery and Aftercare

What is the typical recovery time for labiaplasty?

  • Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a week, although it’s advised to avoid strenuous exercise and sexual activity for 4-6 weeks to allow for proper healing. Swelling and discomfort should gradually decrease over the first few weeks, with complete healing taking up to 6 months.

What can I do to ensure a smooth recovery after labiaplasty?

  • Following Anca’s post-operative instructions is important for a smooth recovery. This includes keeping the area clean, applying ice packs to reduce swelling, taking prescribed medications, avoiding tight clothing, and refraining from activities that could strain the surgical site.

Will I need to take any special care of the surgical area after labiaplasty?

  • Yes, you’ll need to maintain good hygiene and possibly apply topical medications as directed by your surgeon. It’s also important to avoid direct pressure on the area, such as from tight clothing or certain activities, until fully healed.

How long will it take for swelling and bruising to subside after labiaplasty?

  • Swelling and bruising are common after labiaplasty and usually begin to subside within the first few weeks. Most swelling decreases significantly within 6 weeks, but it can take several months for all swelling to resolve completely.

When can I resume sexual activity after labiaplasty?

  • It’s generally recommended to wait at least 4-6 weeks before resuming sexual activity to allow the surgical area to heal properly. Anca will give you personalised advice based on how well you’re healing during your follow-up visits.

FAQs about Costs of Labiaplasty

Popular Labiaplasty FAQs

How much does labiaplasty typically cost?

  • The cost of labiaplasty can vary widely depending on geographic location, the surgeon’s experience, and the specific technique used. On average, the price can range from £3,000 to £5,000. It’s important to get a detailed quote from your surgeon that includes all associated costs, such as anaesthesia and facility fees.

Is labiaplasty covered by health insurance?

Although in the vast majority of cases labiaplasty is deemed medically necessary due to chronic pain, infection, or other health issues the procedure  is not typically covered by private health insurance or the NHS.

What should be included in the cost of labiaplasty?

  • The total cost of labiaplasty should include the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia fees, facility or hospital costs, pre-operative and post-operative care, and any necessary medical tests. Ensure you understand what is included in your quote to avoid unexpected expenses.

How can I budget for my labiaplasty procedure?

  • Start by getting a detailed quote from your surgeon and then explore financing options if necessary. Consider saving a portion of your income each month towards the procedure, or look into low-interest loans or healthcare credit cards. Prioritising and planning your budget can make the expense more manageable.

FAQs about Choosing a Surgeon for Labiaplasty Surgery

How do I find a qualified surgeon for labiaplasty?

  • Look for a plastic surgeon with experience in labiaplasty and a track record of successful outcomes. Board certification ensures the surgeon has undergone rigorous training and adheres to high standards of practice. Researching online, reading reviews, and asking for before-and-after photos can also help.

What questions should I ask during my labiaplasty consultation?

  • Ask about the plastic surgeon’s experience with labiaplasty, the techniques they recommend for you, the risks and potential complications, what the recovery process will be like, and the expected outcome. Also, inquire about the total cost and any available financing options.

How do I know if a surgeon is the right fit for me?

  • A good surgeon should make you feel comfortable, listen to your concerns, and clearly explain the procedure, including risks and expected outcomes. Trust your instincts—if you feel respected and your questions are thoroughly answered, it’s a good sign. Also, positive reviews and successful case studies can indicate a good fit.

What should I expect during a labiaplasty consultation?

  • During the consultation, your surgeon will discuss your medical history, reasons for wanting labiaplasty, and desired outcomes. They will also examine the area to determine the best approach for your procedure. This is your opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns. The surgeon should provide detailed information about the procedure, recovery, and costs.

FAQs about Labiaplasty Expectations and Results

What can I realistically expect in terms of aesthetic results from labiaplasty?

  • Expectations should be realistic; the goal is to achieve a natural appearance that is in harmony with your body’s proportions. The procedure can reduce the size of the labia minora so that they don’t protrude beyond the labia majora, improve symmetry, and eliminate areas that may cause discomfort. However, every individual’s results will vary based on their anatomy and specific goals.

How long will it take to see the final results of my labiaplasty?

  • While initial improvements may be noticeable shortly after surgery, swelling and healing can affect the appearance for several months. Typically, the final results of labiaplasty are visible within 6 months, once all swelling has subsided and the tissues have fully healed.

Will labiaplasty result in a complete transformation of my genital area?

  • Labiaplasty specifically targets the size and shape of the labia minora and/or labia majora. It can significantly improve the appearance and comfort of the genital area but is focused on these specific aspects rather than a complete transformation. Discussing your goals with Anca can help set appropriate expectations.

Can labiaplasty improve sexual satisfaction?

  • Many patients report improved comfort during sexual activity after labiaplasty due to the reduction of excess labial tissue that may have caused pain or discomfort previously. However, it’s important to note that labiaplasty primarily addresses physical appearance and comfort; any impact on sexual satisfaction can vary widely among patients.

Are the results of labiaplasty permanent?

  • The results of labiaplasty are generally considered permanent; the removed tissue will not grow back. However, future events such as childbirth, significant weight fluctuations, or aging can affect the appearance of the genital area. Maintaining a stable weight and discussing any future pregnancy plans with Anca can help ensure long-lasting results.

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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