World-renowned specialist for scuplting the Labia Majora
Prof. asoc. Stefan Dr. Gress
Sculpting of the Labia Majora
Professor Gress is one of the
top specialists internationally
by specially developed, internationally leading surgical technique “Composite Reduction Labiaplasty”
With the most operations in
the female genital
First point of contact for international media for all questions relating to intimate surgery
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Prof. Dr. Gress
Experience makes the difference
- More than 4700 procedures in the female genital area
- Over 20 years of experience
- Inventor and developer of the “Composite Reduction Labiaplasty”
- Internationally recognized top specialist
- Author of the international textbook “Aesthetic and Functional Labiaplasty” (Springer Publishers)
- Professor and Lecturer in Plastic Surgery
In the most important national and international specialist societies
Sculpting of the Labia Majora
As we age, the fatty tissue in the labia majora decreases, giving them less volume. The skin stretches and loses its elasticity, hanging down loosely. The aging process in the genital area is most clearly visible when it comes to the changes to the labia majora. The good news? This problem is easy to correct.
Function and anatomy
Here is some important medical information about the function and structure of the labia:
The small (inner) vaginal lips seal the vaginal opening and prevent infections developing inside the vagina, and other conditions.
The large (outer) vaginal lips enclose the small vaginal lips and offer mechanical protection.
The clitoris is the only organ that purely serves the purpose of sexual stimulation
The labia cover and seal the vaginal opening, protecting the vagina from drying out and stopping foreign bodies and pathogens from making their way in. Additional mechanical protection is offered by the fat pads of the labia majora.
The labia minora extend from the mons pubis towards the anus, encompassing the clitoris and the vaginal opening. The part of the labia adjacent to the clitoris is also referred to as the “clitoral hood”. In terms of morphology, the labia minora are equivalent to the foreskin of the penis. They are of secondary importance for sexual stimulation.
The term clitoris is commonly used to refer to a small, pea-shaped anatomical structure located a little above the urethral opening. However, the clitoris is not spherical but rather band-like in shape, similar to a small penis, with only the tip (glans clitoris) protruding and being visible. Its shaft (corpus clitoris) extends in a deeper layer across the pubis and is thus not visible. The clitoris is responsible for sexual stimulation.
Result, shape and appearance
Firm and tight labia majora enclose the labia minora and resemble a closed shell.
The labia minora are completely covered by firm, well-shaped labia majora, similar to the shape of a closed shell.
Depending on whether the skin of the labia majora is saggy and whether there is an overhang of skin, or whether the (fat) volume of the labia majora has decreased over the years, there are three possibilities for corrective surgery:
1. Tightening the labia majora by removing excess saggy skin
2. Filling the labia majora with autologous fatty tissue (lipostructure)
3. A combination of both approaches
This involves the removal of excess skin by making a spindle-shaped incision along the line of reflection through to the labia minora. The labia majora are tightened/reduced by closing the wound edges. This procedure can easily be performed under local anesthesia.
Filling with autologous fat
Autologous fat gives the labia majora volume and consistency. The fat is usually removed from the outer thigh under local anesthesia, specially prepared, and then injected into the labia majora all in one procedure.
This procedure is perfect if you are looking to shape and fill the volume of the labia majora. We generally add more volume than is actually necessary as our experience has shown us that some of the transplanted fatty tissue will deplete again. However, the part of the autologous fat that is connected to the vascular and blood supply (approx. 50-60%) is permanently preserved.
Good to know
All important questions
For outpatient operations, you will need a total of three appointments:
consultation/preliminary examination, surgery, and a follow-up examination the morning after the operation. The consultation and surgical procedure may not take place on the same day. There has to be an interval of at least 24 hours between the initial consultation and the surgery itself.
After the operation, you should spend the night in Munich. We will be glad to help you find a suitable hotel.
We have a partnership with Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Munich, which means our patients are offered more favorable rates. They should, however, refer to our practice when booking the hotel or make the booking with our assistance .
You can request further information or arrange an appointment here. This is non-binding and free of charge. Call +49 (0)89 24 22 39 22 for advice on your own surgical needs. This personal advice service is non-binding and free of charge.
Is it possible to get any financing?
Please understand that we are unable to provide any financing ourselves. However, MEDIPAY has been our reliable partner on this matter for many years now. You can find all the relevant information by clicking on the following link www.medipay.de.
Tightening/reduction of the labia majora takes around two hours and costs EUR 3,400. Simultaneous autologous fat injection costs EUR 1,800. Autologous fat injection alone costs EUR 2,500.
If the procedure is being performed under twilight sedation or general anesthesia, the anesthetist fees are charged in addition to the usual cost of the surgery.
If the procedure is being performed for cosmetic reasons alone, VAT of 19% is applied to the costs, in accordance with German law. If the main reason for the operation is due to medical impairments, e.g. exposed vaginal opening with recurring inflammation, etc., VAT is not applicable. Before the day of the surgery, you need to provide confirmation from your gynecologist that there is a medical indication for surgery. A brief written confirmation that the reduction of the labia minora is being performed for medical reasons is sufficient.
The fee for the operation must be settled before the day of the surgery. A deposit of EUR 500 is required to secure an appointment for surgery
Risks and potential complications
Volume replenishment with autologous fatty tissue is usually overcorrected as some of the transplanted fat will deplete again. To what extent, however, cannot be predicted. In some cases, some fat will need to be injected again after six months.
After the procedure, there will be some swelling which will generally start to subside gradually after the first or second day. Around 80% of the swelling will subside within the first six weeks after surgery; the remaining swelling takes comparatively longer to disappear, in some cases up to six months. You may experience minor bruising. You can help prevent this by wearing firm-fitting underwear immediately after the procedure to apply some pressure to the area.
Varying levels of pain can also be expected, especially during the first night after surgery. You should, however, be able to tolerate this quite well if you take the pain medication prescribed by us.
Wound healing may be disturbed, especially if the area is exposed to excessive forces too early. It is therefore crucial that you avoid any kind of strong friction (e.g. sexual intercourse) during the first six weeks after surgery. Likewise, you should not use tampons during this period.
Once the wound has healed, scars in the genital area are usually very inconspicuous and hardly noticeable, even on close inspection. Theoretically, scars can develop to become thick, reddened, or painful. However, this has so far not been observed in the genital area. Special ointments would help in this case. To promote good scar healing, you should squeeze the scars between your fingers two weeks after surgery. We will show you exactly how to do this at our practice.
Sensory disturbances are not to be expected. You may experience some numbness or sensitivity to touch in the beginning, but this will disappear once the wound has fully healed.
Postoperative bleeding, asymmetries, wound infections, etc. are very rare.
Laser or scalpel?
We perform the procedure using a radiofrequency surgical device. Similar to a laser, the tissue is cut using thermal energy; however, the tissue is separated through contact between the wire and the skin, instead of a light beam. The advantage is that any trembling of the hand is not transferred to the incision line, as is the case with a laser. It is virtually impossible to perform this procedure using a scalpel as a precise incision line cannot be achieved, given the looseness of the tissue.
What can I do to promote healing?
Take the medications as prescribed by us. You will be given a painkiller that reduces swelling plus an antibiotic. Please avoid any kind of friction for at least six weeks after surgery! To aid the healing process, place a compress between the labia during the first two weeks after surgery so that they do not touch.
When will I be able to return to work?
You can return to work after just two days. You should find a sitting position that is comfortable for you. Should your work involve a lot walking, allow at least three days for recovery.
When can I start shaving again?
Please completely shave your genital area before the procedure. After surgery, you should not shave or wax, etc. the area for six weeks.
Can the procedure be performed during menstruation?
Having your period on the day of surgery does not constitute a problem.
We will issue you with a prescription for two effective painkillers to treat your pain. These should prove sufficient. Patients generally experience mild burning and varying levels of pain the first night after labia reduction/labiaplasty. This tends to be much better or has disappeared completely by the following day.
When can I resume sex?
Sexual intercourse is to be strictly avoided during the first six weeks after surgery as the significant friction would open up the wound edges again. As long as the sutures do not get in the way, you can have oral sex again four weeks after surgery. If you are only undergoing volume replenishment of the labia majora with autologous fatty tissue, sexual intercourse is permitted after just two weeks.
We offer to accommodate consultation and surgery in one stay for patients who have a long journey to get to Munich. This would involve arriving the day before surgery for a consultation and physical examination with Prof. Gress. The procedure is performed the next day and the follow-up examination is carried out the day after. You would therefore need to spend two nights in Munich.
We will be glad to help you find a suitable hotel of any kind. We have a partnership with Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Munich, which means our patients are offered more favorable rates. They should, however, refer to our practice when booking the hotel or make the booking with our assistance .
When can I resume sporting activities?
It is extremely important that you avoid any strong friction in the genital area for at least six weeks to support the healing process. Sexual intercourse, horse riding, jogging, cycling, etc. are prohibited during this time! We recommend that you use a cross trainer or stepper if you would like to exercise during this period, as the leg position is somewhat wider, meaning there is no friction.
What intimate hygiene is best for me after surgery?
You can take a shower after two days, but may only use clear water for one week. Please only use pH-neutral products. Do not take a bath as this would soften the wound edges! We only use absorbable sutures. Unpleasant itching may be experienced along with suture absorption. We recommend that you use Bepanthen ointment or pure Aloe Vera gel to alleviate this symptom.
When can I resume swimming?
You should avoid chlorine-treated water in public swimming pools for six weeks. You are allowed to swim again in lakes or the sea after four weeks.
Are scar creams recommended?
Since scars in the genital area generally tend to heal very well, these are usually not necessary.
When can I be in the sun or use a sun bed again?
Sun and UV rays have a negative impact on scar healing. Please ensure that the area is protected from them for a period of six months.
Does labia reduction have an impact on giving birth?
No. If you become pregnant after the procedure, you can give birth naturally. The surgery does not affect the process of giving birth, and conversely, giving birth has no negative impact of the result achieved with the procedure.
What kind of clothing is advisable?
On the day of surgery, please bring along firm-fitting underwear to wear after the procedure to apply some pressure to the area. This helps prevent excessive swelling and reduces the risk of postoperative bleeding. Then from the first day after surgery, you will feel more comfortable wearing loose clothing.
When will I be able to see the final result of the labiaplasty?
Around 80% of the swelling will have subsided within six weeks or so. The rest of the swelling is barely visible but will disappear relatively slowly and it may be up to six months before it has subsided completely. After this, there will be no further changes and the end result will be achieved.
The stitches are made of absorbable sutures and do not need to be removed. They can, however, start to itch after a few days. If this happens, you can apply a sterile ointment (e.g. Bepanthen) to the wound to relieve the itching or have the sutures removed from 12 days after the labiaplasty (by us or by your gynecologist or family doctor).
It is not possible to perform a reduction of both the labia minora and majora in one single surgery. The healing process is extremely complicated which would have a negative impact on the result. There should be an interval of around six months between each procedure.
A reduction of the labia minora can, however, be combined with a procedure to fill the labia majora with autologous fatty tissue (lipostructure).
Absorption of costs by health insurance companies
Statutory health insurance providers shall only bear the costs, if at all, in accordance with their rates and after examination by the medical service. We do not work in partnership with any of the statutory insurance companies.
Private insurance companies, on the other hand, are less restrictive and cover part or all of the costs if there is a medical indication. A medical indication exists if the patient is experiencing functional impairments, such as pain during sexual intercourse, playing sports, wearing tight clothing, hygiene problems with skin irritations, etc. Physical impairments can also represent an indication for surgery.
It is advisable to inquire in advance with your insurance company whether or to what extent the procedure is covered.
Aesthetic and Functional Labiaplasty
The internatioProf. asoc. Stefan Dr. Gressanl Textbook
written by Prof. Gress
Published in January 2018 by Springer Verlag, it has developed into an international bestseller and standard work in plastic surgery