Labiaplasty, also spelled labioplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to reduce overly large or
protruding vaginal lips. Enlarged or hypertrophic Labia minora can be congenital or acquired. This
can cause inflammation, poor hygiene interference with sexual intercourse or may cause severe
embarrassment with a sexual partner or loss of self-esteem, and in some cases pain and discomfort. The
procedure involves changing the shape of the labia.
Labiaplasty may be undertaken for functional reasons, aesthetic reasons, or a combination of the two.
The procedure is frequently performed to reduce the size of one or both sets of labia. It may also be
used to repair the labia following disease or injury, especially from childbirth.
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure usually performed under local anesthesia.
After surgery, patients may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which usually disappears
completely after 1-2 weeks. It is important for patients to follow their doctors' post-op orders following
surgery. This will help ensure quality results and better healing as well as reduce discomfort and
Instructions may include avoiding intercourse for several weeks (typically three to six weeks) following
surgery. The doctors may recommend that women not to use tampons and/or douches while recovering.
Women usually return to work and normal activities within two to five days, while more strenuous
activities will take about three weeks.