Intimate Surgery

Cirurgia Íntima

What is female intimate surgery?

Ninfoplasty is a plastic surgery that aims to diminish the labia minora, structures whose main function is to direct the jet of urine during urination. In addition, the labia minora also has the function of protecting the vagina. The surgery is mainly done in cases of aesthetic discomfort or even pain during intercourse.

Other names for the procedure:

Intimate female surgery, ninfoplasty, surgery to reduce the small lips of the vagina.

Indications of female intimate surgery:

In most cases, the aesthetic and psychological discomfort during exposure to the partner and intercourse is the motivation for surgery. In more rare cases, the difficulty in sanitizing the region ends up causing accumulation of secretions and urine leading to constant infections, such as candidiasis, which also leads women to opt for plastic surgery. Surgery is also indicated for cases where the exaggerated size of the labia minora can cause pain during intercourse. The nuisance happens because these structures end up bending into the vagina during penetration, even small lesions may arise due to this friction.

How is female intimate surgery done?

Routine or epidural anesthesia with simple sedation is usually used so that the woman will sleep during the procedure. In these cases it is possible to leave the hospital on the same day. The surgeon removes part of the labia minora and rebuilds these structures. Points are given, usually absorbable, that is, they do not need to be removed later. Scars are usually discrete. The procedure lasts, on average, from 40 minutes to one and a half hours. Because it is a simple surgery, the patient can go home the same day.

How much to withdraw?

This decision is made by the plastic surgeon physician, who will remove the correct amount for the esthetic benefit, also thinking about the function of the labia minora. The idea is to remove the excess, that is, the portion of the small lips that is apparent when the woman is in the normal position, is the part of the small lips that protrudes out of the big lips.

Which professional can perform the intimate female surgery?

The plastic surgeon and gynecologist are the most suitable professionals for this type of surgery.


Intimal surgery does not have absolute contraindications, however, as in any surgery, individuals with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart failure, uncontrolled should avoid surgical procedures. Patients with active infection at the site or discharge should undergo treatment before undergoing surgery. There is also a special recommendation for smokers: abstinence for two to three months before surgery. Finally, women with hypertension, diabetes or asthma should be evaluated about the risk of surgery.

Post-operative of female intimate surgery:

- Ecchymoses (purplish spots):
It is not common for the region to become purplish, but it can happen if a small blood vessel is ruptured during surgery.

- Sexual relations:
They can be resumed after 30 or 45 days after surgery. The points must be resilient (not visibly loose) to resist friction in the region and do not open.

- Rest and return to work:
Rest should be maintained for two to three days after surgery. After that, those who work in the office, without great physical effort, can return to the routine. Anyone who works with physical effort or who has to walk a lot must wait three weeks to return to work.

- Physical exercises:
It is possible to return gradually to physical exercises three weeks after surgery. It is advisable to avoid exercises that press the pressed region, such as the bicycle.

- Sensitivity:
The region may have decreased sensitivity after surgery, but sensitivity returns after healing (about 30 days). Sensitivity during intercourse will not be altered.

- At bath time:
Hygiene of the intimate region is usually done with warm water and neutral soap, it is not necessary to use specific soaps for the genitalia of woman nor the use of antiseptic substances.

- Use of the bathroom:
It is recommended that the woman clean the area with water and soap after urinating. Some doctors use a surgical glue to waterproof the incision site of the intimate surgery. This product prevents secretions from contacting and infecting the region. In this case, simple drying with toilet paper is sufficient. When in the street, always remember to carry wipes, which help with cleaning.

- Menstruation:
The ideal is that the woman does not menstrue soon after the surgery, which can hamper the postoperative measures, such as the placement of cold compresses, for example. Therefore, the recommended period for surgery is shortly after the end of the last menstrual period. If the woman menstruates, the recommendation is that the internal absorbent be used, since the external one can muffle and warm the region.

- Clothing:
The woman should wear loose cotton panties and comfortable clothing that will allow the area to stay well ventilated until healing is complete, which occurs about 30 days after surgery.

- Pain and inflammation:
Pain after female intimate surgery is mild, but may increase if the small lips swell too much, causing friction between them and consequently increasing inflammation in one cycle. To avoid the problem some precautions are: make cold packs in the area, keep rest for two to three days, do not perform physical exercises, take warm baths, do not rub the area and use the anti-inflammatories recommended by the doctor. It is possible to sit down right after the surgery, since the area will not suffer any abnormal pressure in this position.

- Risks of surgery:
The surgery is quite simple, so the risks are more frequent to the general intercurrences, such as infections, bleeding and reactions to the anesthesia.


After 30 days the incision is already healed, so it is possible to visualize partial results. After 90 days the swelling is already reduced and you can see the final result.


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