What is a Labiaplasty?

There seems to be a treatment for almost every part of the body in the world of plastic surgery. From breast augmentation to liposuction, there’s a procedure for virtually everything. Vaginal rejuvenation treatments have been gaining traction for a while now. You may have heard of labiaplasty but might not be sure of what it actually involves. If you’re unhappy with your labia or experience difficulties because of it, keep reading. 

What is Labiaplasty Surgery?

Labiaplasty is a procedure for women who are concerned about the size or shape of their labia. An enlarged labia can cause discomfort wearing tight clothes, doing exercise, and during intercourse. Many patients who opt for the surgery are unhappy with the size or shape of their labia. There are several reasons women have enlarged labia, such as childbirth, genetics, ageing, and sexual activity. 

The procedure takes between 1 to 2 hours to perform. During the operation, your surgeon will carefully reshape or reduce the size of your labia to create a smaller, neater appearance. You can use several techniques during labiaplasty, including trimming the edges of the labia or removing a wedge. Your surgeon will discuss your options during your consultation. 

4 Benefits of Labiaplasty 

Labiaplasty is a short and relatively low-risk procedure. It can help resolve several issues. Here are four benefits of labiaplasty. 

1. More Confidence 

If you feel self-conscious about the size of your labia, then the procedure may help boost your confidence and make you feel less self-conscious. 

2. Increase Comfort 

An enlarged labia can make exercise and wearing tight clothes uncomfortable. Reducing the size or shape of the labia can decrease discomfort and make certain activities more comfortable. 

3. Improve Sexual Pleasure 

By removing excess vaginal tissues, it can significantly improve sexual pleasure. 

4. Increase Wardrobe Options 

If you were unable to wear tight clothes due to an enlarged labia, you will find you have more wardrobe options after the procedure. 

What are the Risks of Labiaplasty?

In general, labiaplasty does not affect sensitivity in this area. But as the vaginal area has a lot of nerve endings, reduced sensitivity is a potential complication of this surgery. Other possible risks include:

  • Numbness
  • Chronic dryness
  • Scarring 

How Long is the Healing Process of Labiaplasty? 

Overall, the healing process takes about 6 weeks. Following your surgery, you should get up and start moving straight away. Avoid having long showers and pat the area dry. 

You will likely experience slight pain, discomfort, and swelling after your operation. The swelling will go down in a few weeks. Also, try to avoid wearing tight clothes and underwear while you’re healing. 

Here is a breakdown of your recovery:

  • 1 week – time off work to recover. 
  • 2-3 weeks – return to normal activities. 
  • 4 weeks – resume sexual intercourse. 
  • 4-6 weeks – return to more strenuous activities.

Are there Labiaplasty Alternatives? 

In addition to labiaplasty, there are some non-surgical alternatives. Depending on your case, these may be suitable for you. 


ThermiVa is a non-invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency to stimulate collagen production and therefore rejuvenate the vaginal area. The procedure uses a small wand that emits radiofrequency. In general, you would need multiple sessions to maximise results. Each session can take up to 30 minutes but requires minimal downtime.  


Likewise, FemTouch is another non-invasive procedure. It uses a laser targeted on the vaginal walls to encourage new cell growth. It does this by triggering collagen production. This type of procedure can help to improve vaginal dryness and itching, as well as burning. You need multiple sessions. But the downtime is minimal, and you can usually return to most normal activities after the procedure. 

Above all, an enlarged labia can make exercise and intercourse uncomfortable and difficult. If you feel self-conscious about the size or shape of your labia, then you may be suitable for labiaplasty surgery. 

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