Cosmetic genital surgery is a re-sculpting procedure that aims to change the shape and size of the genital region. For women, there are two types of cosmetic genital surgery.
A Labiaplasty is a technique that aims to give the labia minora or labia majora (lips close to clitoris) a closed-in appearance. The procedure can be performed on the outer lips (labia minora) and the labia majora (outer lips).
Vaginoplasty is a type of vaginal tightening procedure, which aims to rejuvenate the vaginal region from the damage done during child or age.
The motivation to choose a cosmetic genital surgery varies from person to person. Often, people are worried about the effects of age and childbirth, believing these two factors have permanently changed their body shape. Others aim to correct congenital asymmetry between the outer and inner labia. However, most of the time, people are usually motivated by myriad reasons.
If you’re considering the surgery and book a consultation with the clinic, your doctor will ask you a series of questions regarding your aims and medical history. Please be as thorough about your expectations and medical history as possible, as this information will be used to determine your surgery plan.
The doctor will carry a physical examination to understand your health and if you are a fit to undergo surgery. Your health is Este Pro’s number one priority, and we do not approve of any procedure that may pose a risk to your health.
Finally, if you are a viable candidate for the surgery, an ideal surgery date will be booked.
The doctor will also inform you on what you can do to prepare for your surgery.
Cosmetic genital surgery is almost always done under general anaesthesia.
There are two main techniques: Trim labiaplasty and wedge resection.
Trim labiaplasty is performed by creating an incision to remove the inner labia’s outer layer, giving the inner layer more symmetry in relation to the outer layer.
A wedge resection, which has become a popular alternative to a trim Labiaplasty, encompasses removing the excess edges of the outer labia. The surgeon, in effect, removes the wedge (V-shaped) from the labia. Finally, both sides of the edges are sutured.
The surgeon will mark the areas that need to be removed to tighten the vagina as the first step of the procedure. Using sutures, he or she will then tighten the tissues in the marked areas and stitch the mucosal skin.
Recovery and Results
It is unlikely that you will be asked to stay after the procedure. So, we advise that you organise to have someone take you home on the day of the surgery.
We advise patients to take approximately a week off work to deal with the soreness that results from the surgery. You will experience some swelling too, but this subsides within days.
Your doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics to mitigate the risk of infection, and the surgeon will follow-up appointments to monitor your healing process.
You will be given a detailed recovery plan by the doctor, so please heed their advice as much as possible and refrain from strenuous activity for a few weeks.
Most patients report seeing the results approximately seven weeks after the surgery, while others say it takes a few months. However, the general rule of thumb is that it takes two to three months to begin seeing the final outcome.
The results are usually permanent. But, pregnancy can reverse some of the effects. Please talk about this with the doctor during the consultation.