St George Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Other Procedures

What is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure which reduces the size of the labia minora so that they are less obtrusive and equal on both sides. The labia minora (the inner lips surrounding the entrance to the vagina) grow during puberty and vary enormously in size and thickness. They are rarely symmetrical and if they are particularly enlarged women find them uncomfortable and embarrassing.

Tears and stretching of the labia minora can also occur during childbirth.

How soon will I recover?

A Labiaplasty is performed under general anesthetic, usually takes around 30 minutes and is most often only a day procedure.

The sutures that are used are the same as after childbirth and dissolve naturally after 5-7 days. They do not usually need to be removed.

The recovery period for this procedure is usually between 2 - 4 weeks after which you can return to work. You should be comfortable enough to drive after 2 weeks but should always check with your insurance company first.

Scarring can occur which can make the labia minora more thickened. The labia minora form part of the erogenous zone at the entrance to the vagina and some loss of sensation can occur. Most sexual pleasure, however, occurs as a result of stimulation to the clitoris which is not disturbed during labiopiasty.