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Matters concerning the vaginal region can often be difficult for women to discuss. Many women complain of discomfort when wearing tight clothes/underwear, or during sport activities due to the size and the prominence of the inner labia, which often protrude outside the outer labia. In addition, some women feel self-conscious about the appearance and size of their labia, particularly when there exists a significant difference between the size of the labia. Also, due to a variety of factors, including childbirth/labour, and the effects of ageing, the vagina may lose its tightness, with undesired results that can affect a woman’s self-esteem, and cause embarrassment.
Vaginal rejuvenation in the form of labial reduction, and vaginal tightening provides surgical means of addressing these concerns.
Labial Reduction (Reduction of Labia Minora/Inner Labia)
This surgical procedure, also known as labiaplasty, is performed to reduce the size and the prominence of the inner labia, and to correct asymmetries where these are present. It is accomplished by removing a small portion of labial tissue, generally as a central wedge or a peripheral slice of tissue, which will leave a permanent scar.
Labial reduction is not reversible, and it is generally impossible to increase the size of the inner labia in case of dissatisfaction with the result of the surgical procedure.
This surgical procedure, also known as vaginoplasty, is performed to reduce the size of the distal (most external) part of the vagina. Successful surgery can both increase vaginal stimulation during sexual intercourse, and boost confidence.
Vaginal tightening is accomplished by removing a small portion of vaginal mucosa from the lateral walls of the vagina in the shape of an ellipse. The stretched or damaged supporting tissues of the vagina, and the muscles of the perineum are restored, and stretched and excess vaginal skin is removed. The effect is an immediate reduction in vaginal size. The removal of tissue leaves a permanent scar that will run mostly inside the vagina, but that will also be visible for a length of few centimetres on the outside of the vagina. The procedure is not reversible.
At the time of your consultation at the Alexandra Private Hospital, your surgeon will discuss the various options available to you, in line with your specific medical circumstances. You should always feel free to ask your surgeon any questions that you have regarding the surgery, and discuss any areas that may seem unclear. The goal of your surgeon and the Hospital staff is to make your entire experience as comfortable, and worry-free as possible.
[It should be noted that neither labial reduction or cosmetic vaginal tightening should be performed on women with active infection anywhere in the body, or individuals who are currently pregnant or nursing. Individuals with a weakened immune system, those currently receiving chemotherapy or drugs to suppress the immune system, those with conditions that interfere with blood clotting or wound healing, or those who have reduced blood supply to the labial tissue from prior surgery or radiation therapy treatments may be at greater risk for complications, and poor surgical outcome]