Labial reduction

Labial reduction includes a number of operations designed to decrease the size and degree of protuberance of the labia minora, or 'inner lips' of the vagina. The most common reason for women to request this operation is because the labia are perceived to be too large and aesthetically un-pleasing. A small number of women state that the large size of their labia make them noticeable in tight clothing, or make sports such as cycling uncomfortable.

The procedure is relatively simple, excising an area of the labia minora. Careful placement of the scar is important.

After the operation you are advised to wear a sanitary towel for a week or so as there may be a little bleeding. Initially you will be swollen and you should avoid exercise for at least two weeks and sex for six weeks. The stitches are very fine and dissolve after two to three weeks.

The potential complications from labiaplasty are:

  • Bleeding in the labia, which would require you to return to theatre for the blood to be removed
  • Infection (Very rare)
  • Dehiscence (The wound opens and needs to be re-sutured)
  • Painful scars (Very rare. Any hypersensitivity usually settles within six weeks)
  • The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of England