What will my labiaplasty experience be like?

Labiaplasty reduction surgery has been on my list of desired cosmetic procedures my entire adult life. What am I getting myself into? Is it an easy procedure? What should I expect pre and post op?


F, 38, New Jersey

Tags:woman age 35-44

Your plastic surgeon can definitely give you a better idea of what to expect, since every labiaplasty is a little bit different. For example, some women go in to reduce their labia minora, but some want to reduce their outer labia. Whatever the case, the surgeon will physically cut the problem spot and reshape it so it looks good. They will give you a sedative, and you definitely won’t feel a thing. I don’t really remember the surgery; I was so out of it the whole time. Once you get home, you’ll see a lot of swelling for sure. The healing process takes a few months to heal all the way, but the swelling and bleeding go away after a week or so.

Hi @bitdressy ... I am also interested in having this same procedure done. Did you do it yet? I would like some feedback. I have been doing lots of research and am thinking of having the barbie done. My email is prettyladytr079@gmail.com Would like to hear from you.  Maybe we can share information, pros/cons etc. It would be nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of who is in the same situation. 

All plastic surgery can make you feel a little nervous, but this is a cosmetic change that isn't as scary as it sounds. I know I was really worried at first because I didn't want anyone messing around with my genitals, but the change has been significant.

Before the surgery I had to not smoke for a period of time, make sure my paperwork was ready, and stop taking one of my medications because it was a blood thinner. At the actual appointment they put me under general anesthesia so I don't remember anything.

When I woke up, there was quite a bit of swelling and bruising but not as much pain as I thought there was going to be. They gave me some drugs for a few days and anti-inflammatories and suggested ice packs and so I went home. I was up and moving within 3 days and felt almost normal within a week.

The only thing to remember is that the swelling is actually pretty severe. There was way more swelling than I thought there was going to be and I needed to be way more vigilant with the over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and the ice packs. But I feel great about how my labia looks now so it was really worth it for me.

While my labiaplasty wasn't necessarily the easiest medical procedure I've ever had, the process wasn't too bad. It just started with a consultation with the surgeon, who gave me more information about the process and talked with me about what final shape I desired. On the day of the procedure, I just got an injection that numbed the area. I was awake for the whole thing, but I just felt a few tugging motions, and it was done in about 45 minutes. There weren't any stitches or bandages to change, and the area just looked bruised and swollen. It was a bit sore, but I just needed ibuprofen to manage the pain.

I was nervous too before I went in for my labiaplasty but once I did it, I was so happy. Your plastic surgeon's office will guide you through the entire procedure before you do it so there are no surprises. They are professionals and should understand that you are worried. I got the option to be sedated or have a local anesthesia. I went for the sedation because I preferred not to know what was happening! Post op, the healing process was easy. I took sitz baths to help with healing and didn’t do any major exercising for the next two weeks. Continue to talk with your doctor and make sure that you are 100% on board before you go for it.

One of the most important parts of labiaplasty is before the procedure. I made sure to completely discuss all my concerns and was clear about the specific results I wanted from plastic surgery. After that, the actual procedure was simple. I got anesthesia, and then, less than an hour later, it was over. Afterwards, I had some pain, swelling, and discomfort with urination but nothing too severe. Post surgery, I was prescribed some pain medication and also applied an ice pack to my pubic region to ease the swelling. I was back to my daily living activities in a few days, and about a month later, I was completely healed.

I decided to have a labiaplasty a couple of years before I actually went through with the procedure. I had an understanding of the procedure through my research and asking doctor questions knew what to expect. My labiaplasty was performed on an outpatient basis. There was no discomfort during the procedure, due to the local anesthesia. However, I did experience post-op pain and sensitivity. The pain medication I received helped to alleviate it. There will also be bruising in the area. To prevent any further irritation, I wore comfortable, loose clothing. I was able to go to work four days after the procedure and saw the final results in four months.

Getting labiaplasty surgery sounds way more traumatic than it actually is. Basically, you go in, and they give you a sedative so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. I was pretty out of it during mine – not quite asleep, but not alert, either. I definitely didn’t feel a thing. The surgeon removes your inner labia, and the nurses stitch you up at the end. Afterward, I saw a lot of swelling and some bleeding, but it only lasted for a couple of days. Once I was finally healed, my vagina looked great and – joy of joys – I could wear jeans without chafing.