Labia can cause an uncomfortable or insecure feeling. Maybe because they feel too big or stick out. Or they cause physical discomfort while cycling, exercising, walking or having sex. A labia correction, also known as labia reduction, resolves these complaints. During a labia correction, the small, inner, outer or clitoral hood of the labia is reduced. Sometimes a combination with another treatment is possible. Think of a Venus hill lift.
- Treatment plan based on your complaints
- Possibly under local anesthetic or general anaesthesia
- Our plastic surgeons are affiliated with the Dutch Societies for plastic surgery (NVPC and NVEPC) NVPC and NVEPC
During the first consultation, the plastic surgeon examines whether a labia correction can offer the right solution. The plastic surgeon will discuss your wishes and the appropriate options. You will also be asked questions about your health and medical background. In order to properly assess your initial situation, a short physical examination will take place. After the meeting with the plastic surgeon, you will have a meeting with the consultant. There you will receive practical information about the treatment process. Think of: costs, planning and aftercare.
The operation can be performed under local anesthetic or under general anesthesia. When you opt for local anesthesia you will receive a number of injections in the labia with a very thin needle so that your labia are numb during the procedure. The injections can feel painful and it is therefore possible to apply an anesthetic cream before these injections. Ask the plastic surgeon or nurse for this cream.
The procedure takes about thirty minutes. During the operation, the excess of your labia is removed and the blood vessels are burned closed. The plastic surgeon will suture the wound area with dissolvable sutures that you do not have to remove afterwards.
Aftercare and recovery
You may leave Aesthetic Center Jan van Goyen a few hours after the operation, under supervision. You are not allowed to drive a car or travel by public transport. After surgery, especially the first 24 hours, the labia may be swollen and painful. You may also have some bleeding, this is normal. The swelling will subside after about a week.
You can reduce the swelling by using ice packs that you place on the wound area every hour after the operation for 5 to 10 minutes (use a thin (tea) towel between the skin and the ice pack). Be sure to wash the treated area well with water and gently pat dry. You can shower the wound area twice a day for the first week after surgery. You may also rinse the wound area during urination during the first days after the operation.
You can use sanitary towels after the operation. This feels soft and prevents stains in your clothes. Do not sit crooked in a chair, especially during the first week after the operation, nor do you sit on a so-called 'wind ring'. This leads to additional swelling or irritation. If you suffer from blood loss, you can sit on a pillow or rolled up towel for ten minutes. The bleeding will then stop on its own. If you need painkillers, use Paracetamol. Please contact us if you have any questions or are unsure about the recovery.
Wound healing is a gradual process. Some swelling may still be present for several weeks after surgery. The end result of the labia correction is only visible about six weeks after the operation. A wound needs this period for optimal healing. Scars are barely visible.
Most patients can resume normal school and work activities a week after surgery. After surgery, avoid scratching and rubbing the wound and avoid strenuous exercise. You should avoid sexual contact for four to five weeks.
Risks and Complications
Surgery carries a chance of risks and complications. Think of infections, bleeding or a reaction to the anaesthetic. You can reduce the risk of complications by strictly following the plastic surgeon's instructions.
Even though the operation is performed with the greatest care and by an experienced plastic surgeon, no guarantee can be given for a good end result. It is always possible to perform a post-correction in consultation with the plastic surgeon.
Meet one of our plastic surgeons during the intake consultation. Our experienced and specialised surgeons are here for you before and after the surgery.
Reimbursement/costs for labia correction
In general, a labia correction is not reimbursed by your health insurance company. Reimbursement will only be requested if there is a medical indication. Ask the consultant for a quote or look directly at our price list.
|Labia corrections||Local anaesthesia||narcosis|
|Labia correction||€ 1.750,-||€ 2.300,-|
|Combination inner labia + shrinking clitoral hood||€ 2.300,-||€ 2.850,-|