Labia reduction (Labiaplasty)

In some women the Labia Minora, the inner lips of the vagina, are overly large, protruding or uneven and can have adverse affects on body confidence. Also this can be the cause of discomfort during cycling, walking, or other physical activities.

The Surgery

Labia reduction (Labiaplasty) is the term used to describe a range of surgical procedures that reduce the size and prominence of the labia. Any cuts that are made are carefully placed to prevent painful scarring along the rim of the labia, and are closed with dissolving stitches. This operation takes an hour, is done under general anaesthetic and does not require an overnight stay in hospital.

The patient should expect some soreness and swelling of the labia for a few days after the operation but this soon wears off. It is recommended that the patient take a few days off work to rest and recover.


After surgery, the patient may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which usually disappears completely after one to two weeks. The labial incisions are rarely noticeable when healed. The patient may bathe or shower and must keep the vaginal area scrupulously clean.

Returning to normal activities

Patients generally return to work within a week, with swelling disappearing within one to two weeks. However, patients recover at different rates and it is important that the patient listen to their body.


The sutures for this procedure are very fine and dissolving however there is a follow up consultation one week following surgery with Miss Patel.

Next Steps

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