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Female genital cosmetic surgery includes several types of procedures such as hymenoplasty, postpartum restoration and pubic contouring. Anyway, the most requested intervention is the surgical reduction of hypertrophy of the labia minora.

 

Hypertrophy of the labia minora

Such hypertrophy is a congenital anomaly of the external female genitalia and, according to the most recent medical research, a patient who has a labia minora size, from the base to the free margin, longer than 2.5 cm is considered anomalous and pathological. Besides generating important aesthetic and psychological problems, especially during sex, this anomaly can often cause chronic irritation, bacterial infections and recurrent mycoses.

 

Preparing for surgical reduction of hypertrophy of the labia minora

During the preoperative assessment, the surgeon evaluates the conditions of the hypertrophy, explaining aesthetic goals and achievable results.

 

Surgical reduction of hypertrophy of the labia minora

In recent years, plastic surgeons, to design and develop conservative surgical techniques in respect of the normal anatomy and physiology of this anatomical area, have paid more and more attention to this issue. The most common procedure lasts about 30 minutes; it is simple, effective and fulfil patients’ expectations. It is performed under local anaesthesia with sedation, locoregional anaesthesia or general anaesthesia.

 

Postoperative care instructions

Women have no particular postoperative discomfort since small stitches must not be removed. The day after surgery, patients can return to work and resume their normal life within three weeks.

 

FAQ

Who undergoes surgical reduction of hypertrophy of the labia minora?

Patients require this type of surgery because hypertrophy of the labia minora generates important aesthetic and psychological problems, especially during sex, and causes chronic irritation, bacterial infections and recurrent mycoses. 

Is there any age limit to undergo this type of plastic surgery?

There is no age limit to undergo the procedure; however, women requiring this surgery are usually 20-40 years old.

Is it possible to combine surgical reduction of the hypertrophy of the labia minora with other cosmetic procedures?

Surgical reduction of the hypertrophy of the labia minora can be performed alone or in combination with other plastic and / or cosmetic procedures unless there are contraindications to multiple surgical interventions. 

Are there risks and / or complications for this type of plastic surgery?

This type of surgery does not involve special risks if carried out by qualified surgeons who perform plastic surgery procedures in accredited facilities with the presence of an anaesthesiologist.

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