Labia Reduction Considerations
Before undergoing labia reduction surgery, you should consider what it is exactly that you are hoping for. Do you want minimal labial reduction where only a small portion is trimmed? Do you want a more significant labia reduction that leaves very minimal labia minora behind? Do you want reshaping of an unusually shaped labia without actually reducing the labia? You also need to take into consideration the size and shape of your outer labia ( labia majora ) as well as the clitoris and clitoral hood. Some women have a very prominent clitoris. In these situations it is impossible to reduce the size of the clitoris, therefore additional procedures may be necessary to reposition the clitoris, otherwise labia reduction will leave behind a disproportionately prominent clitoris. Additionally, the clitoral hood should not be trimmed, otherwise it may result in a significant discomfort which will be difficult to correct.
Another question that you need to ask yourself is whether or not you really wish to have labia reduction surgery. Once the labia is reduced, it is very difficult to recreate it.
Labia size may increase over time due to aging, sexual activity, or childbirth. It should not be considered an indicator of any illness or disease. It is simply a cosmetic problem.
Labia reduction surgery is a surgical procedure, cuts will be made, and scars will be created. These scars, however, will be place in such a way as to hide them. Additionally, over time, scars will fade away (but never completely). Scarring is rarely an issue once the wounds are properly healed. To avoid any scar abnormalities, it is very important that you follow post-operative instructions after your labia reduction surgery.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure. Like all surgical procedures, there are general risks. Please read our information page on potential Labiaplasty risks. With regards to labial reduction, there are special considerations that need to be taken into account. These include bleeding, infection, and breaking of the stitches which may lead to the opening of your wounds. You should expect some minor asymmetry between the right and left side, as it is not a complication but a normal variation.