Adore Life. Adore Yourself.
The Adore.Life clinic is out to make labial reduction more accessible for women in the UK. We believe that everybody should be entitled to feel great about themselves, regardless of the outdated, yet still sometimes prevalent social taboos surrounding such cosmetic surgeries. We’re out to normalise body confidence, and any methods that lead to achieving this.
The clinic prides itself on being 100% understanding and entirely free of any kind of judgement. We understand that private, personal matters such as genital surgeries should be treated as such. We welcome all consultations, telephone or in person, and any questions about the procedures, all of course in complete confidence.
We aim to restore female genital appearance and function and distance ourselves from any form of female genital mutilation.
Labiaplasty means reshaping of the inner genital lips. The surgery can include a clitoral de-hooding procedure which addresses excess skin around the clitoris. This procedure on its own does not address enlarged or lax outer lips or the introitus. Additional procedures are necessary to treat these problems.
This is being done for cosmetic reasons, embarrassment or physical problems. Cosmetic concerns involve shape, visibility, colour or asymmetry. The inner lips can be entrapped or irritated during intercourse. There can be interference with tight clothes or swimsuits. Sports such as aerobics, bike-riding or horse-riding can be difficult with prominent lips.
Our Labiaplasty treatments are conducted under local anaesthetic, are virtually pain-free, and require no hospital stay.
The three main surgical methods are wedge excision, straight transection and de-epithelialisation.
Wedge excision is my preferred surgical choice. It involves “V”-shaped removal of a prominent segment of the labium. This usually gives the best cosmetic result. It can lead to some minor loss of sensation.
Straight transection of the edge (=Trim) is surgically simple but can lead lead to scarring and unfavorable cosmetic results.
De-epithelialisation involves removing a small part of the inner lining and is sometimes used for small amounts of labial excess. This method is best for preserving sensation but can cause some deformation and a visible colour step of the labium. I do not use this method.
The operation can be done under local anaesthetic which freezes the area or under general anaesthetic where an anesthetist puts you asleep.
Usually up to 90 minutes
Local anaesthesia procedures can be done in a sterile outpatient setting. General anaesthesia requires hospital admission and surgery in an operating theatre.
The local anaesthetic lasts a few hours and over the counter painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen are recommended afterwards.
Car driving and work can be resumed after 1-2 weeks depending on circumstances
Intercourse and exercise are possible after 4-6 weeks
Most of the healing process has finished by 6-9 months
Complications can include:
- Urinary retention
- Numbness and cosmetic problems
- Need for further surgery
- Injury to clitoris and urethra
- Wound dehiscence
- Wound breakdown
After surgery an antibiotic ointment should be applied to the wound for a few days until the wound is dry. For the first 7 days the wound should be cleaned with running water only. No soap, shower gel or ointment should be used and manual interference should be avoided. After 7 days the wound can be washed with chemicals and regular massage with ointment can be done to improve scarring.
General measures involve drinking enough fluids, protein-rich diet (Meat…), Vitamin-C (Kiwis, lemons…) and getting enough fresh air. Smoking should be completely avoided in the weeks leading up to and following surgery since it can increase the complication risk 2-3 fold. Medical conditions such as diabetes should be optimized.