In some cases there are aesthetic concerns that were present even without pregnancy, and these same techniques provide the same level of results and patient satisfaction. Labiaplasty can be done under a local anesthetic and takes about an hour. The procedure is quite tolerable for most women, and there is little to no pain. The sutures simply dissolve, and a small amount of swelling may remain for a time, between two to four weeks. The scarring is almost non-existent in this area, and a woman can resume full activity, including sexual intercourse, about a month of recovery after the procedure.
Naturally, reshaping requests of the labia vary by one's specific anatomy and particular needs. Most commonly, however, the labia minora are simply trimmed to a smaller size. This procedure is a relatively quick one, with minimal discomfort. While there is a small chance that some sensation may be lost, most of the sexual sensation is located in the clitoral and vaginal areas and will not actually be affected by the surgery.