Asymmetrical labia

Asymmetry of the inner labia

Some women have from birth unequal labia. Others develop asymmetrical labia after the birth of a child, for example, as a consequence of a lesion during a forceps delivery.

It can be annoying when wearing tight-fitting clothes, and it can disrupt sexual intercourses. A surgical procedure may provide a remedy.

Unequal labia can be a burden on the women who suffer from this condition. In the course of a delivery, for example, the medical staff may have to use surgical instruments to free the head of the child; and, under this procedure, the labia may suffer a tear.

In some cases, the labia can be reconstructed immediately after the delivery. In other cases, the patients notice the significant asymmetry only after the healing and wish for evenly sized labia as they had before delivery.

Unequal labia can be a burden

When a labium is significantly bigger, thicker or longer than the other, it can have a negative effect on everyday life. In fact, asymmetrical labia can be annoying when wearing tight-fitting clothes and can disrupt sexual intercourses. After the surgery, the patient once again feels well in her own skin and can enjoy "being a woman".

Corrective surgery of the labia - what you need to know
  • Duration of the procedure

    1 hour

  • Hospitalization

    Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch operates unequal labia in the Clinic Beethoven­strasse AG in Zurich.

  • Anesthesia

    Local anesthesia (local analgesia) or general anesthesia

  • Sick leave

    Approximately 3 days.

  • Risks

    A corrective surgery of unequal labia may cause local fungal infection, postoperative hemorrhages, hematomas, swelling, sensitivity to pressure and spreading of the wound edges.

  • Postoperative treatment

    The complete healing and reduction of the swelling last approximately 4 to 6 weeks. During this time you should avoid practicing sports and having sexual intercourse.

  • Costs

    The costs for a corrective surgery of unequal labia vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and will be agreed upon in advance. The price is inclusive of all services, such as the consultation, the surgery, the anesthesia, if necessary, the medications, the hospitalizations, and the follow-up controls.

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