Labiaplasty Surgery FAQs

Labiaplasty Surgery FAQs

Written by Medical Quality Manager, Clare , BN (Hons)

Medical Review by Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Lizzie Tuckey , MBBS, BA

Published: Friday 31 December 2021

What do normal labia look like?

BAAPS and BAPRAS surgeons emphasise that there is no “normal” and “abnormal” when it comes to the shape and size of female genitals. Every individual is unique and has their own shape. Thus, there is a great deal of difference in the appearance of normal female genitalia. There are many variations in the size and shape of a labia. Therefore, it is important that you do not compare yourself to images of others.

Do I need a GP referral for labiaplasty surgery?

Typically patients have their initial consultation with one of the surgeons without a referral from your GP. But if you plan to go ahead with surgery, your surgeon may ask for your permission to contact your GP. This will be for details of your medical history.

Furthermore, certain medical conditions may need a GP sign off before moving forward with the labiaplasty. Your Patient Care Adviser will let you know if this is required in your case.

Will the NHS pay for my labiaplasty surgery?

Labiaplasty is not usually free on the NHS for cosmetic reasons. However, it is possible that it can be provided by the NHS if your labia are causing you problems in how you function day to day or significant discomfort and pain.

If this is the case, you may need to see your GP who can help you organise the surgery.

What are the effects of smoking, drugs and alcohol on a labiaplasty?

Smoking greatly increases the risk of complications occurring during and after your operation. It can result in slow wound healing and an increase in the rate of infections. Therefore, all surgeons request that all patients be smoke and nicotine-free for at least six weeks before and after surgery.

Furthermore, drinking alcohol, being overweight and taking drugs for medical or other reasons, also increase the risk of complications. Because of this, you should try and make sure you are as healthy as possible before opting for labiaplasty surgery.

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