What is labioplasty?

Labioplasty or labiaplasty is a vaginal cosmetic surgery that reshapes or reduces the size of labia minora, the skin or inner lips of the vaginal opening. This procedure is also referred to as labia reduction or labia minora reduction.

Asymmetrical or abnormal labia are very common in women causing discomfort and deep embarrassment. Labioplastyrecontours or renews the labia without affecting adjacent tissues or sexual pleasure. After Labioplasty, you can feel comfortable wearing clothing, exercising, and having intercourse. Moreover, it improves the appearance of the labia and can boost a women’s self-confidence.

When is labioplasty indicated?

A typical woman who elects for labioplasty may have

  • Elongated labia (vaginal lips) that cause rashes and irritation
  • Discomfort or irritation from clothing
  • Discomfort due to rubbing of the labia during sports and physical activities
  • Physical discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse
  • Embarrassment due to the enlarged labia

What happens during the procedure?

The Labioplasty procedure will be performed after putting you to sleep by injecting anaesthetic (sleep inducing) medication. The total procedure takes about one to two hours. Your surgical practitioner shortens the large or uneven vaginal lips using specific surgical equipment. Later, incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures so that suture removal is not required.

What can I expect postoperatively?

After the labioplasty, you may have swelling, tenderness, or slight bruising of the labia for a period of four weeks. Your physician may advise you to take medication to relieve pain, and prevent infection.

What precautions should I take?

Participating in exercise and intercourse and using tampons should be avoided at least for the initial four weeks after the surgery.

What are the risks associated with labioplasty?

Every surgical procedure carries some amount of risk; therefore it is necessary to be well informed about the associated risks before scheduling the surgery. The most common risks of labioplasty include bleeding, infection, and scarring.