During labia reduction surgery, larger or uneven inner vaginal lips are cut and shortened using specialized scissors, a scalpel or a laser. In addition, the labia majora, on the outside of the body, can be reduced with either surgery or liposuction if needed. A hoodectomy, which exposes the clitoris in an attempt to increase sexual stimulation, may be performed at the same time.
The appropriate incision
location depends on many individual factors, including
the configuration, texture and size of the labia. The
doctor will then suture the incision closed with
After surgery, you can't have intercourse for about four weeks, and your genitals will be tender and swollen for several weeks. What's more, your labia and the surrounding area may be slightly bruised.
You will be asked to stop any heavy, strenuous exercise for three or more weeks after labia reduction surgery. Also you cannot use tampons for 10 days afterward. While recovering, you will need to wear a pad for one week or less, due to the bleeding that results.