How long is labiaplasty surgery? Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces redundant tissue of the labia minora. Patients often ask about the anticipated length of surgery given that it is commonly performed under local anesthetic with patients fully awake.
How long is labiaplasty surgery?
Labiaplasty generally takes an hour or less to perform. Patients should arrive 15-20 minutes in advance. It is recommended to apply topical anesthetic cream to the site approximately one hour pre-operatively, which may reduce discomfort experienced during the local anesthetic infiltration. Following the brief discomfort of the local anesthetic injections, no pain will be experienced during the surgery itself. There may be a pressure sensation or general awareness that a procedure is underway, however it will not be painful. The local anesthetic lasts for several hours post-operatively as the effect gradually wears off.
Since it is performed under local anesthetic, patients may travel home alone following labiaplasty surgery. If traveling a long distance, it may be preferable to bring a companion and arrange a ride home. Patients should not take prescription pain medication if driving themselves. If the trip home is greater than an hour, it is recommended to arrange a ride so that the first dose of prescription pain medication may be taken before the local anesthetic has worn off.
Patients are generally able to return to work within a few days of surgery. Cold compresses are recommended over the first 48 hours to reduce swelling and discomfort. The stitches generally dissolve within 10 days of surgery. Exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks post-operatively. Specific recommendations will be made during consultation and follow up based on healing and one’s job responsibilities and activity level.
Please contact us if considering labiaplasty in the Toronto area to schedule a consultation with female plastic surgeon, Dr. Stephanie Power. Dr. Power performs labiaplasty in an out-of-hospital facility with all-female staff.