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The procedure behind a labiaplasty is relatively straightforward and often has no complications. 

You are likely to be placed under a general anaesthetic for a labia reduction, although sometimes people are given a local anaesthetic with additional sedation instead.  Depending on the amount of work needing to be done the operation will take around an hour.  You and your surgeon will have discussed how much excess skin will be removed and the new shape of your labia during your consultation.  The more skin and the more work to be done, the longer the surgery will take.

Your surgeon will either use a scalpel or surgical scissors to remove the skin, or more likely a laser.  Lasers have become the most common way to perform a labiaplasty since the benefits of lasers were properly investigated.  Using a scalpel can make the scar tissue thicker then when using a laser, however the lines are less regular and mean that the scarring is less visible.  Using a laser can reduce the amount of blood lost during surgery and can speed up the healing process as the incision made is much smaller than when a scalpel is used.  Neither technique should be viewed as better than the other, but the laser is the most popular due to the medical benefits.

The shape agreed upon reached, your surgeon will then suture the edges of the wound together using a zig-zag technique that ensures that the scar tissue is not too rigid and heals well.  The stitches used will be dissolvable so you will not have to have them removed, and once they have done their job they will simply disappear. 

You will be able to leave the hospital or clinic on the same day as the surgery, unless there have been any complications making an overnight stay necessary.  You will still be affected by the anaesthetics however, so it is important that you don’t drive, and that you have help from someone for the first few days after the surgery.

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