What is a Laser Labiaplasty and Why is it done?
Laser labiaplasty is a surgical procedure, also known as labia minora reduction. Using a laser, excess tissue is removed from the labia minora, making it smaller and symmetrical, with minimal bleeding.
Reasons for laser labiaplasty include cosmetic appearance, personal hygiene, asymmetry and/or protrusion of the labia minora which may restrict activities or cause discomfort.
How is a Laser Labiaplasty performed?
Not like traditional major plastic labiaplasty, the laser labiaplasty uses a special laser instead of traditional scalpel, making the operation much quicker and safer. There is little to no bleeding or bruising after the surgery because the laser seals the small blood vessels. The procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation, or general anaesthesia. The “central wedge resection technique” is used to perform the labiaplasty, the old “edge resection technique” is no longer used in our modern surgery. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures.
What happens in the postoperative period?
Immediate results can be seen after the procedure. Your labia minora will appear small and symmetrical at first, before swelling commences. In general, swelling and discomfort after surgery peaks at 2-3 days then subsides gradually over the following weeks. Itching after labiaplasty is common in the first week while everything is healing. Do not over stretch or touch the wounds during recovery as this may make the incision split open or prone to infection. After one week, the swelling, pain and itching should subside dramatically. You will be instructed not to use tampons, not to wear tight clothes (e.g. g-string underwear) for 4 - 6 weeks. You may resume sexual activity 4 - 6 weeks post-surgery.
Are there any risks associated with this procedure?
Like any other procedure, laser labiaplasty carries some risks and possible complications such as bruising, swelling, pain, distortion, and epidermoid inclusion cyst. With modern techniques, however, the risk is very low.