Labial Reduction (Labiaplasty)

Labioplasty, (labioplasty), also known as labia reduction, vaginal lip reduction, or labia and vulvar rejuvenation, is a procedure to decrease the size and improve the appearance of enlarged, hypertrophic or asymmetrical labia minora.

The enlarged labia may cause some women to experience discomfort with pinching or pulling during certain activities, or with some clothing. Sometimes childbirth may cause the labia to become stretched and enlarged, and reconstruction after childbirth may become necessary. Labiaplasty can reduce this discomfort and enlargement with a simple out-patient procedure to create a smaller, thinner, more comfortable, size and shape.

With the advent of modern techniques, it is now possible to preserve nerves as well as the natural leading edge. Often the scars are also hidden and after healing, the labia minora will appear as normal.

The surgery generally takes around an hour and can be performed under local or general anaesthetic – This will often depend on the patients preference.

Recovery from labiaplasty is variable. Some ladies will recover with little if any swelling but some in contrast can experience discomfort for a week or so until the swelling settles.

No matter which technique you have, we would encourage you to rest as much as possible for the first week in order to minimise the initial swelling.

Frequently asked questions

I have read that this can be a painful procedure. Is this true?

Labiaplasty can be sore afterwards and you should minimise your activities after surgery in order to minimise swelling.

Never the less, some swelling and discomfort is usual. It can usually be managed with rest and simple analgesia.

Any discomfort can be expected to subside to a large extent after one week.

Will I be able to have normal sexual relations after surgery?

Yes. Once the wounds have had a chance to heal. Your surgeon will be able to advise precisely on this matter.

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