A labiaplasty procedure reduces the size of the labia majora, minora, or both. Labiaplasty surgically removes excess skin and tissue from the vulva for either cosmetic reasons or to decrease physical discomfort.

Labiaplasty Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

avg. recovery
3 weeks
Is permanent
Surgical Procedure
$4000 - $6000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 09.18.2021

Due to aging, pregnancy, childbirth, or weight fluctuations, women may experience a lengthening of the inner or outer labia. When the labia majora or minora become elongated, it can cause a woman to be self conscious about the appearance of her vulva. Excess hanging skin can also become uncomfortable when wearing tighter clothing or cause pain when exercising. A labiaplasty procedure reduces the size of either the labia majora or minora for increased comfort and improved aesthetics. A labiaplasty only requires a local anesthetic. There is no need for general anesthesia during the surgery however some patients may require an oral sedative for maximum comfort throughout the procedure. The patient will lay comfortable on a table with the legs spread apart. Depending on the needs of the patient, there are 2 popular methods for a labiaplasty: trim or wedge. The trim method simply removes extra tissue from the labia. The wedge method removes a pie-shaped piece of tissue from the labia and advances the edges of the tissue together, tightening and shrinking the length of the labia. It is common for a labiaplasty procedure to be combined with other vaginal rejuvenation treatments such as a perineoplasty, vaginoplasty, or clitoral hood reduction. Closure is complete with dissolvable sutures.

The main goal of a labiaplasty is to eliminate excess tissue so that nothing is protruding outside of the labia majora. The procedure typically focuses on the labia minora, or inner lips, of the vagina. It may address issues with the labia majora, or outer lips, as well.


Labiaplasty addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

Patients will experience mild pain, swelling and bruising. Patients should also abstain from sex for 6 weeks following the procedure. Most patients return to work within 3-5 days postoperatively.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a labiaplasty is unhappy with the appearance of elongated or sagging labia or is experiencing discomfort due to excess hanging labial skin.

Not Recommended For

Labiaplasty is not recommended for patients who are seeking treatment for pyschosexual dysfunctions such as inability to achieve orgasm and low sex drive.

Side Effects

Side effects of labiaplasty can include redness, tenderness, and discharge. A sometimes temporary side effect of labiaplasty is painful or uncomfortable urination.


  • self confidence
  • confidence
  • self esteem
  • comfort


  • pain
  • swelling
  • numbness
  • painful urination

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