Labial Reduction

Many women feel discomfort or embarrassment if the labia minora (the inner lips of the vulva) are enlarged. This can affect quality of life by causing worry about what clothes to wear and intimate relationships.

Sometimes the fear of negative comments can affect the confidence of women and can even put them off starting a relationship. Surgical correction is a very straightforward procedure and the impact it can have on a woman’s self esteem can be profound.

What does labial reduction involve?

You will need to be aged 18 or over to be eligible for labial reduction at the Surrey Park Clinic. The procedure takes place in the treatment room of The Surrey Park Clinic. After changing, you will be given a local anaesthetic firstly in gel form. The area to be trimmed is then more effectively numbed before the surgery is begun to ensure complete comfort and no pain.

The procedure takes around 60-90 minutes after which you will be taken to recover in the rest room. Later on, you will be advised to go home and lie down, and to take pain relief. There will be several very tiny dissolving sutures although they can sometimes be removed if they feel a little tight or uncomfortable. You should have somebody to take you home as you may not be safe to drive.

Are there any risks?

Fortunately the risks with this sort of surgery are very small but as with any surgery, there may be discomfort initially and there is a possibility of bleeding and infection, so the area should be monitored.

What happens after surgery?

After surgery you will be advised to take things gently for a couple of weeks. Some women may experience some mild discomfort and swelling which usually disappears after 1 to 2 weeks. You will be advised to keep the area clean and dry and in particular take adequate pain relief. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for 2 weeks and vaginal intercourse avoided for 4 weeks. Any worries or concerns should be reported to the clinic.

When can I go back to work?

Most women find that unless their work involves arduous physical activity they can go back to work after 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the type of work.

A gentle approach to personal concerns

We treat all consultations with care and consideration. Our highly trained consultants understand that these matters can cause anxiety and concern and are here to reassure you.
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