Lip surgery or nymphoplasty

What you need to know

The purpose of nymphoplasty is to reduce the size of the labia minora, correct any major asymmetry, and, if necessary, reduce anterior extensions on either side of the clitoris. The objective is to obtain a harmonious vulva with a size of the labia minora in relation to that of the labia majora and the volume of the vulva.
The procedure removes excess lip tissue. Several surgical techniques are used. The simplest consists of a resection on demand according to a pre-established personalized scheme whose layout follows the free edge of the lip. This technique has the advantage of being safe and modular. It makes it possible to treat not only the hypertrophy of the labia minora but also the anterior extension if necessary, and to reduce the hyperpigmentation frequently associated. The cutaneo-mucosal edges are then sutured with absorbable l. Other methods have been described: cuneiform resection or Chinese method (by fenestration). A nymphoplasty can be performed from adulthood and without age limit. The intervention will not have any subsequent negative consequences on sexual intercourse or childbirth.


Duration of hospital stay
1 day.
Nymphoplasty is most often performed under vigilant anesthesia.
Average length of stay
2 to 4 days.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis."


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Before the treatment

A preoperative check-up is carried out in accordance with the prescriptions. The anaesthetist will be seen in consultation at the latest 48 hours before the operation.
Stopping possible oral contraception may be required, especially in cases of associated risk factors (obesity, poor venous condition, coagulation disorders).
No medication containing aspirin should be taken within 10 days of the procedure.
It is essential to remain fasting (do not eat or drink anything) 6 hours before the operation.
Shaving is not necessary.
Type of anaesthesia:
Nymphoplasty is most often performed under vigilant anesthesia, i. e. a deep local anesthesia with tranquilizers administered intravenously, but spinal anesthesia or general anesthesia can also be used.
Hospitalization conditions:
In general, the operation is performed on an outpatient basis, i.e. with an outing the same day after a few hours of supervision. The patient can then return home as soon as her general condition permits. However, for social, family or personal reasons, a short hospital stay may be considered.

What does it involve?

Each surgeon adopts a technique that is unique to him/her and that he/she adapts to each case to obtain the best results. At the end of the procedure, a light bandage is placed in a protective brief. Depending on the surgeon and the clinical case, the procedure can take 30 to 60 minutes.

Lip surgery or nymphoplasty
Lip surgery or nymphoplasty

After the treatment

Each surgeon has his own protocol and proposes it to his patient. A minimal bleeding lasts 2 to 3 days. Swelling and bruising are common. The postoperative consequences are generally not very painful, requiring only simple analgesics. A protection will be slipped into the underwear.
It is advisable to wear loose clothing (skirt or loose pants). Intimate cleansing is carried out by bi-daily sitz baths with a usual antiseptic. A very soft hair dryer is recommended for drying the operated area. The sutures will normally resolve in eight to twelve days, the date on which healing is obtained. It is recommended to wait three to four weeks for the gradual resumption of sexual activity. A work interruption is usually not necessary. We recommend waiting one to two months to resume an activity such as horse riding or cycling.

About Lip surgery or nymphoplasty

It can only be judged one month after the intervention. The vulva then has a harmonious shape. Scars fade in 1 to 2 months. The purpose of this surgery is to improve, not to achieve perfection. If your wishes are realistic, you should be very satisfied with the result.
Potential risks
Scars, infection, embolism, perforation of an internal organ, seroma, nerve modification, swelling, necrosis, burns (with ultrasound), hydro-electrolytic imbalance, risks related to anesthesia.
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