Reduction of redundant labial tissue

What is a Labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty is a procedure to reduce the length of excess labia minora tissue. It is often paired with a clitoral hood reduction as it is common to have redundancy of both. Contouring of the labia majora, whether reduction or rejuvenation to add fullness of the labia majora can also be performed at the same time if desired.

Quick Facts


  • 2 hour surgery length
  • General anesthesia
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Scars along labia
  • 1 week Recovery


  • Decreases the length of the labial tissue
  • Reduces irritation and discomfort
  • Improves hygiene
  • Increases confidence
  • Improves aesthetic harmony of the genitalia

Who is a good candidate for a Labiaplasty?

You'll likely be a great candidate for a labiaplasty if you:

Preparing for Labiaplasty surgery

Considering a labiaplasty and possible other adjunctive procedures such as genital rejuvenation is a very personal choice. The first step is to have a consultation where your health history will be reviewed, your concerns and goals will be discussed, a physical exam will be performed and treatment options will be recommended.

Labiaplasty Surgery

Labiaplasty surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia, but can be performed awake with local anesthesia. A long acting numbing medication is injected to provide improved comfort during and after the procedure. Based on your unique anatomy, either a wedge or trimming technique will be used to reduce the labial tissue. The clitoral hood is often reduced as well. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incisions. The labia majora may be reduced or rejuvenated with fat transferred at the same time if desired.

Recovery after Labiaplasty

Bruising and swelling is common and expected following the procedure. Pain and discomfort is moderate and is generally well tolerated with a combination of the long acting numbing medication utilized during your procedure as well as with anti-inflammatory and prescription pain medications. Activity restrictions following the procedure include abstinence from sexual intercourse and avoidance of insertion of anything including tampons into the vagina for 6 weeks.

This is to allow adequate time for the the incisions to heal. Exercise is is also restricted for 2 - 4 weeks to decrease risk of bleeding and wound break down. Showering may resume within 2 days of the procedure, however, submersion in water such as in bathtubs, swimming pools, spas and similar is prohibited until all incisions are well healed (approximately 4 - 6 weeks typically). For this reason, many patients opt to have this procedure performed in the cooler months. Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities within several days of surgery and typically able to return to work 3- 7 days after surgery.

Labiaplasty frequently Asked questions (FAQ)

What causes the labial tissue to elongate?

What symptoms are common with redundant labial tissue?

Will a labiaplasty alter sensation?


The following are reputable organizations that provide information specifically for plastic surgery patients on this and other procedures.

American Society of Plastic Surgery
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

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