Labiaplasty (Vulval Surgery)


Labiaplasty is a surgical intervention designed to modify the labia minora (inner lips) and labia majora (outer lips), which are the skin folds encompassing the vulva. This procedure is categorized under vaginal rejuvenation. It is commonly sought by individuals with intersex conditions as well as those experiencing physical discomfort or seeking to enhance the appearance of their genitalia due to personal insecurities.

Procedure Time:

1 hour

Return to Work:

2 - 3 days

Full Recovery:

3 - 6 months




What to expect

Here’s what you can expect when considering labiaplasty:

  • Consultation: The process begins with a consultation with a consultant or gynaecologist who specializes in genital surgery. During this consultation, you can discuss your reasons for wanting the procedure and your desired outcomes. The surgeon will evaluate your anatomy and medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate.
  • Surgical Procedure: Labiaplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation. The specific technique used can vary depending on the individual’s anatomy and goals. There are two primary types of labiaplasty:
  • Labia Minora Reduction: This procedure involves trimming or reshaping the inner labia (labia minora) to reduce their size or address asymmetry.
  • Labia Majora Reduction or Augmentation: Some individuals may opt for surgery to reduce or enhance the size and appearance of the outer labia (labia majora).
  • Recovery: After the procedure, you can expect swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the genital area. Pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed to manage pain and reduce the risk of infection. You will likely need to refrain from sexual activity and strenuous physical activities for a few weeks to allow for proper healing.
  • Results: The results of labiaplasty may take several weeks to months to fully manifest as swelling subsides. The goal of the procedure is to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance while addressing any functional concerns. However, individual results can vary.
  • Risks and Complications: As with any surgical procedure, labiaplasty carries certain risks, including infection, scarring, bleeding, changes in sensation, and dissatisfaction with the results. It’s essential to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon to minimize these risks.
  • Follow-up: You will have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or complications that may arise.
  • Sexual Function: While labiaplasty is primarily a cosmetic procedure, some individuals may experience improved self-esteem and reduced discomfort during sexual activities due to the altered appearance of their labia. However, the impact on sexual function can vary from person to person.

It’s crucial to have a detailed discussion with your surgeon about your expectations, potential risks, and any concerns you may have before undergoing labiaplasty. Additionally, select a qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in genital surgery to ensure a safe and successful procedure. Be sure to ask any questions you may have during the consultation to fully understand the process and potential outcomes.