A nymphoplasty, or labia minora reduction, is a procedure which reduces the size of a woman’s labia minora and improves their shape.
The shape and appearance of the labia majora and minora can change over time or following one or more deliveries. Patients who consider a nymphoplasty often do so for functional and/or aesthetic reasons, including discomfort caused by friction against clothing, the inability to wear thong-type underwear, hygiene issues and pain during vaginal penetration, caused by the invagination of the protruding skin and tissue. Furthermore, certain women may feel embarrassed or lack self-esteem due to their perception of their body.
What does the surgery entail?
The excess tissue is removed from the labia minora and their shape is carefully sculpted. The incisions are then closed using melting stitches, which the body absorbs in approximately two weeks. Once you have fully healed, the scars will be practically invisible.
Frequently asked questions
Medical literature has not established an aesthetic “standard” for this part of the body. Their shape and size are entirely personal preferences. Women generally prefer that little or none of their labia minora be visible when they are standing. They also prefer that their labia minora not be longer than their labia majora.
As with any surgery, nymphoplasty is associated with minor risks of postoperative bleeding and infection.
In general, sensation in the genitalia is not altered by this surgery. When resuming sexual activity following a normal recovery period, certain women may experience temporary sensitivity during vaginal penetration.
A nymphoplasty is a minor procedure which can easily be done under local anesthesia, just like a trip to the dentist.
You will heal in the days following the surgery. Women generally return to work a few days after the procedure. Sports are generally resumed within two weeks of the surgery. However, certain physical activities may cause discomfort in the areas affected by the operation beyond the initial two-week recovery period. To ensure you heal properly, it is therefore recommended that you avoid sexual contact with vaginal penetration for the first five weeks following the procedure.
Depending on the correction required, this minor surgery may last from 50 to 75 minutes.
Proper hygiene following surgery is instrumental in ensuring that your wound heals well. You can clean your genitals delicately every day in the shower, letting the soapy water run over them. However, you must avoid taking a bath (including whirlpools) during the first three weeks following surgery.
Generally, the cost of a nymphoplasty is $3,700. However, additional charges may apply if the patient has a particular condition or if different surgeries are combined.
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