A labiaplasty is a common cosmetic surgery procedure that has gained popularity due to the wide range of issues it can fix. The procedure is performed in order to reduce the size of the labia or to adjust the labia minora. This is done when there is asymmetry of excess skin in the labia. This is often caused by an enlarged labia, a torn labia or a stretched labia. The commonality of the issues amongst the female population and the ease and effectiveness of which a labiaplasty fixes these issues have made this procedure very popular. 


A labiaplasty provides numerous benefits both physical and psychological that can significantly improve your life. The main benefits of a labiaplasty include

  • Reduction or balancing of the size of the labia
  • Elimination of discomfort and chaffing in the surrounding area
  • Correction of uneven/asymmetrical labia
  • More youthful appearance around the labia
  • Improved sensation
  • Increased confidence
  • The ability to wear a variety of different clothing comfortability

Who Is A Candidate For Labiaplasty?

Many females are candidates for labiaplasty without even knowing it. The main candidates for a labiaplasty procedure are those with an enlarged labia, a torn labia or a stretched labia and as a result of this are experiencing discomfort, chaffing and any other issues that were mentioned earlier.


There are many labiaplasty techniques that have been developed from simple removal of excess tissue to wedge resection to de-epithelialization techniques. Each of these procedures have limitations in correctly various elements that women with labia issues have and they lead to an incomplete correction. With a composite labiaplasty technique or a clitoral hood removal procedure, it is possible to combine the various techniques to customise your cosmetic procedure in order to achieve your ideal aesthetic goal as well as a smooth labiaplasty recovery. Due to the complicated nature of the procedure, it is important that the procedure is performed by a skilled cosmetic surgeon who is able to use the various techniques to handle the delicate labial tissue, ensuring the very precise repair of the labial edges. After the procedure, the incisions are closed with dissolving sutures so that these sutures do not need to be removed. It is important to know that the sensory nerves in this region are well away from the operative site and therefore no disturbance will occur in erotic sensations if the procedure is done correctly. The procedure takes between 1 and 2 hours depending on the patient and the surgeon performing the procedure.


As with most cosmetic procedures, there are a number of risks that are involved with a labiaplasty procedure.

General risks of this procedure include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Anaesthetic related problems

More specific risks of the labiaplasty procedure include:

  • Asymmetry
  • Dehiscence (separation of wound edges)
  • Under or over resection of labial tissue

In order to minimize the chance of these risks occurring, it is of utmost importance that your procedure is performed by a skilled cosmetic surgeon who can take necessary precautions to prevent these risks, while also possessing the skills to perform the procedure in an effective and safe manner.


As you recover from your labiaplasty procedure, it is important that you take care of yourself in order to recover properly and maximize the effectiveness of the procedure. Swelling and bruising of the genital region may begin to develop over the first few days. If you are experiencing discomfort in the area as a result of this, gently apply ice packs to the area, rest well and ask your cosmetic surgeon if there is any oral medications you can take to make this discomfort minimal. You may shower the day after the procedure and showering twice a day is very important for your personal hygiene after this procedure, after which it is important to apply antibiotic ointment twice a day to the suture line. It is also recommended that you wear a panty liner to absorb any spotting or light bleeding for a week or two after surgery. As aforementioned, the body dissolves the stitches used, so there is no requirement for physical removal in this delicate area. While you are recovering, loose underwear should also be worn for the first two weeks in order to prevent unnecessary pressure on the affected area. Finally, it is advised that you are abstinent for six weeks post procedure in order to allow the area to heal completely.