The female labia minora must be of a size which allows them to be hidden within the labia majora. When this is not the case and they protrude, they are considered to be hypertrophic and in certain cases they can cause discomfort or problems for the patient.
Labia minora reduction surgery consists of removing a part of the labia, leaving labia of a more adequate size and a hidden scar.
Any woman who presents hypertrophy of the labia minora and has issues whilst getting dressed, practising sports, or in intimate relationships.
The procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic or sedation. A part of the labia is removed, and a thorough stitching is done. The objective is to do it in a way in which the scar remains hidden and, in an area not exposed to chafing, to avoid any further issues of discomfort.
This type of procedure must be performed by a plastic surgeon with experience in this type of surgery. Dr. Ospina has trained specifically in this surgery in ‘Clínica Planas’ in Barcelona.
This type of procedure can be performed in an approved operating room for minor outpatient surgery, or in the case of requiring sedation, in a hospital.
After surgery, the patient must perform basic care at home, such as the application of various ointments, as well as frequent washing of the area whilst taking care to not leave the area moist and to not expose it to harsh rubbing.
It only takes 7 days for the patient to return to normality. However, care should still be taken, and a short resting period should be had. It is recommended to wait 1 to 2 months before engaging in intimate relationships.
The results are immediate. The patient can appreciate that their labia minora no longer protrude whilst standing up, and the scar should not be uncomfortable or visible.
Although rare, complications normally arise in relation to prolonged inflammatory processes or infections, which could lead to part of the wound opening up. In this case, the area is cleansed and stitched up again.