What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a procedure for altering the labia minora and the labia majora, the paired tissue structures bounding the vestibule of the vulva. Most commonly, this involves diminishing the small lips of the vagina.


Usually lasting about an hour, labiaplasty can be performed under local (with sedation) or general anesthesia. Excessively protruding small lips of the vagina are trimmed and re-sutured using any one of a variety of techniques.


After the surgery, there may be some discomfort for a few days. Most activities can resume within a week. Full healing is necessary before resuming sexual intercourse, usually after one month.

Risks and Complications:

All surgeries expose patients to risks and complications. In cosmetic surgery, all efforts are made to minimize these risks, but they cannot be completely eliminated. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon as part of your decision making process.