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June 22, 2018

What is a labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty, or labia reconstruction, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the general appearance of the female genitals. It is performed on the inner (labia minora) and outer labia, the folds of skin around the vulva.

Why are the reasons why labiaplasty is performed?


Every surgeon has different criteria to determine if a patient is able to have a labiaplasty and what type of surgery will be performed.

A labiaplasty can be done for psychological or physiological reasons. Individuals who desire aesthetic labia surgery may be self-conscious about the appearance of their genitals, as their genitalia do not fit their notion of normal. Not all individuals who desire labial rejuvenation are insecure, but many individuals seek to reduce anxiety about sexual encounters with new individuals and to increase self-esteem.

There are numerous misconceptions about labial hypertrophy and many derogatory terms used to describe the condition. Some women with this condition are called “loose,” which increases negative associations with labial hypertrophy.2 Irritation of the labia by clothing is a common problem that a labiaplasty can solve. Tight-fitting clothing can be especially irritating and may cause chronic pain as the excess skin rubs against clothes. This irritation causes an individual to focus on insecurities involving the labia even more. There can also be discomfort with excess labia during intercourse.

Every labia is different and the appearance of the female genitalia is affected by genetics, mechanical factors, and childbirth. There is no labia length that medical professionals have deemed “normal”, but if one feels uncomfortable with the length of their labia, they can discuss the matter with a trained medical professional. Surgery is not the only solution to reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem about excess labia skin, but a labiaplasty can be beneficial to individuals who desire rejuvenation.

Is a labiaplasty the same as a vaginal rejuvenation and what is the difference­

No, it’s not the same.

Vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty are two terms that are often used interchangeably. While these two procedures have some similarities, they are by no means identical. There are a number of differences between a vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty:

Vaginal rejuvenation, also known as a vaginoplasty, is a procedure that aims to tighten a vagina that has loosened with age or after giving birth. Over time vaginal relaxation or loosening can result in less sexual pleasure, and vaginal rejuvenation seeks to restore this sensation by tightening the opening of the vagina.

On the other hand, a labiaplasty aims to reshape the labia, working to sculpt it into a more aesthetically pleasing shape and size. For some women, the shape and size of the labia can become a hindrance in everyday life, impacting exercise, sexual activity, or resulting in a “camel toe”. A labiaplasty reshapes the labia for both aesthetic purposes and convenience.

What is a labiaplasty recovery like?

A labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure, which means the patient can return home the same day, so the recovery process is relatively easy, provided there are no complications.

Patients who undergo a labiaplasty are usually released from the hospital the same day; sometimes they are released as little as an hour after the surgery is completed.

Swelling and itching are common side effects which typically last two to three days after surgery, but they decrease over time. Bruising in the region is normal and should be expected. There should be minimal pain and itching after a week of surgery.4Icing can help to reduce swelling, but remember to never apply ice directly to the skin as prolonged exposure to ice can be harmful to skin. Patients are allowed to return to normal activity three to five days after a labiaplasty procedure, however, it is advised that they refrain from using tampons, avoid wearing tight or irritating undergarments, and abstain from sexual activity for at least six weeks. It is likely that a surgeon will schedule a post-operation appointment with the patient within the proceeding two months.

Complete results of a labiaplasty will appear about four to six months after surgery.

What are the results of a labiaplasty?


Many labiaplasty patients are concerned with how long it will take them to look great after surgery. The truest answer to that question is that it will take months because some degree of swelling is present for 6 (and sometimes more) months. Bruising takes time to resolve. Incisions need to heal. Fluid needs to be reabsorbed slowly by your body.

However, that does not mean that you will not look very good, even very soon after your surgery.

When you are recovering from labiaplasty, it is important for you to strictly follow your surgeon’s instructions for what to do at home.

How long does it take to recover from a Labiaplasty?

The recovery time from labiaplasty will depend on how the surgical process develops. Generally, the hospitalization time is 24 hours, in special situations, it can be from 2 to 3 days. This is done to prevent infection and to stabilize the tissues without any effort or injury.

Although it is an aesthetic process, it also brings with it a number of benefits that are much talked about among the women who received the process.

Some women report that they have been able to perceive an increase in sensitivity during relationships and others feel that this procedure improves the quality of life of the woman in social and personal aspects.

The process begins with an evaluation appointment, where the patient will discuss the desired goals with the doctor. Your doctor will give you all the information you need to fully understand the process and how labiaplasty will affect your physical and personal appearance.

We have exposed the reasons, for which it is usual to practice a labiaplasty, the difference between labiaplasty and vagina rejuvenation, and the results after a labiaplasty and the recovery time after this surgery. However, if you still have doubts or want more information about the subject do not hesitate to get in touch with Cirugía Plastica Malaga. We will be happy to assist you and advise you.

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