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Labiaplasty - FAQ

Updated December 28, 2018

What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery which aims at resizing and reshaping such vaginal parts as labia minora or labia majora. It eliminates hygienic problems, discomfort during physical activity or intercourse and allows wearing fitted underwear and clothes.

How long does labiaplasty plastic surgery take?

The surgery of labial reduction lasts from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on how much work is needed and type of labiaplasty technique. When labiaplasty is combined with other plastic surgery, the surgery time might lengthen.

Where is the surgery performed?

Labiaplasty in Poland is performed in high-standard private clinics specializing in plastic surgeries. In Poland, labial reduction is regarded as a sensitive surgery, thus the experienced personnel and surgeons pay much attention to the quality, standards and atmosphere before, during, and after the treatment.

How much does labiaplasty cost?

The cost of labiaplasty in Poland starts from 435 EUR. The price of the surgery in Poland is much cheaper than in many other European countries. The price includes consultation, medical tests, anaesthesia, stay in the clinic, and any necessary medication.

Is there a fee for the initial consultation with the surgeon?

No. The initial consultation is out of charge. It is an indispensable part of the whole treatment procedure and our patients do not have to bear any additional costs for the consultation.

Is labiaplasty covered by my insurance?

In general, labiaplasty is treated as a selective, non-obligatory aesthetic surgery such as tummy tuck or liposuction and is not covered by insurance unless it is proved that labiaplasty will eliminate serious health problems. Nonetheless, before deciding to have labial reduction, it is vital to check whether your insurance company covers such type of surgeries.

What symptoms are typical among women who elect to have labiaplasty?

The most common inconveniences caused by labia are discomfort while practicing sport, e.g. cycling, horse riding and pain or irritation during tampon placement and sexual activity. The pain may also occur while wearing fitted underwear and clothes. The majority of women decide for labiaplasty purely to improve the appearance of their labia and increase confidence and attractiveness.

What are the surgical risks of labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is regarded as one of the safest plastic surgeries with less than 1% cases of post-surgical complications. The risks after the operation include bleeding, pain, infections and scarring. Very rarely there are also nerve injuries. The mentioned risks may be for the most part avoided if the surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon.

What types of anesthesia are available?

The majority of labiaplasty surgeries are performed under local anaesthesia with sedation. But if a woman feels really uncomfortable being conscious during the surgery, the doctor may agree for a general anaesthesia.

What is recovery like after labiaplasty?

The recovery time is significantly fast. In the afternoon of the surgery day, women can walk as usual. For 1 or 2 days after the surgery, it is advised to use ice packs or other frozen material decrease bruising. For the first days after the surgery women should wear loose underwear and clothes. On average it takes about 72 hours before women can go back to their everyday activities. If muscle relaxers or pain medications are not prescribed by the doctor, women can drive a day after the surgery. After 2-3 days it is possible to go back to work and start practicing sport with low intensity. The full recovery lasts 6 weeks. During this time women cannot use tampons or have intercourse and should avoid exhausting physical activity, such as cycling, swimming, horse riding. 6 weeks after the surgery there is a post-surgery visit at the doctor’s. By this time stitches will have dissolved.

How soon after surgery can I return to work?

It is possible to go back to work 2-3 days after the surgery unless the surgeon forbids it.

What kind of pain can I expect after labiaplasty?

After the surgery, there will be a minimal pain thanks to the local anaesthesia injected during the surgery. However, a slight pain may be felt up to 24 hours after the labiaplasty surgery. Cold compresses and painkillers effectively decrease the feeling of swelling and pain.

How soon may I have sex after surgery?

Sex and masturbation are to be avoided for the whole recovery time, that is for 6 weeks after the surgery.

Will I have a scar after labiaplasty?

The incisions made during the surgery are very small, hence scars are almost invisible and indistinguishable. Labia after the surgery look as natural as before the surgery.

Will labiaplasty affect my sexual satisfaction?

Many women after labial reduction surgery admit that their sexual satisfaction has significantly improved, which is by and large psychologically conditioned. During the surgery, doctor precisely separates labia from other organs, e.g. clitoris, so that the sensation after the surgery remains unchanged.

How long will it take for me to see my final results?

After 6 weeks stitches will dissolve as well as swelling and bruising will disappear. The final results of the labiaplasty are visible about 4-6 months after the surgery.

Can labiaplasty be combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures?

Yes. Labiaplasty may be combined both with other gynaecological surgery treatments, such as vaginoplasty, and with regular plastic surgeries, e.g. liposuction or breast enlargement.

How long before should I come and when can I travel back home after my surgery?

You should come 1 or 2 days before the surgery. At this time you will have a consultation with the doctor and all medical tests done. Usually, it takes one day to receive medical tests’ results, and it is essential for the surgeon to have them before your surgery. After the surgery, you do not have to stay in the clinic and may leave it the following evening. You should spend 2 more days at the hotel before going back home because if any infection happens or you would not feel well, you should contact your surgeon and have one more visit to the clinic.

Is it possible to lighten the dark skin on my labia and in the vaginal area?

Dark skin is caused by hormonal and genetic predispositions or changes, but it can be lightened surgically, with a specially prescribed cream, or chemical peels in doctor’s office.

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