Nymphoplasty is an outpatient surgical procedure performed under general or local anesthesia (depending on the patient’s preference and the surgeon’s recommendations). It usually lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour. It can be done using two techniques:
The triangular resection or flap technique where the surgeon proceeds to remove the excess mucosa by small flaps. The advantage of this technique is that it allows for a more natural result, but the healing process takes longer and sometimes the result requires some additional touch-ups.
Longitudinal resection where the surgeon removes the excess skin from the mucosa, cutting along the length of the lips. The advantage of this technique is that healing is faster, but the result is less natural than that of the triangular resection. This technique is adopted especially when the excess of the lips is quite important.
The choice of the appropriate technique depends on the patient’s preferences as well as her anatomy.