Genital surgery for women usually encompasses four procedures: reduction labioplasty, clitoral repositioning, vaginal tightening, and liposuction of the pubic area.
The most common of these procedures is labioplasty, which involves shortening and removing part of the inner labia to achieve a more proportionate size and shape, based on the patient's requests. Some women may feel that their inner labia are too large and hang down too far below the external labia. When erect, this may be perceived as a small "penis," which some women may find inhibiting in their sex life. This enlargement can also occur after pregnancies. Some women also have highly asymmetrical labia.
The operation is carried out under general anesthesia combined with a local anesthetic, which means that the procedure is painless and you sleep during the entire operation. This is an outpatient procedure, which means that you can go home the same day.
After the operation you can expect some swelling and tenderness. This is worst on the second to third day, and then gradually decreases. It is essential that you take it easy during this period. Your doctor will prescribe a painkiller for you. Suture removal is not needed because the sutures dissolve on their own inside the body. You have to refrain from sexual activity for six weeks during the healing phase.