Labiaplasty  is an increasingly common vaginal surgical procedure women rely on to put an end to chafing, rashes, pain or self-consciousness associated with large labia.

What is labiaplasty?

The labia are the folds of skin surrounding the vagina. Labiaplasty, or labioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to shorten or reform either the labia minora, the labia majora or both. Childbirth, aging and weight fluctuations can all change the length of the labia. Some women find this uncomfortable, while others just do not like the visual change. Labiaplasty can restore the labia's natural look or correct problems.

What does labiaplasty involve?

Labiaplasty is normally done as an outpatient procedure and can sometimes be completed with only local anesthesia. If longer or more involved surgery is needed, general anesthesia may be suggested.

What to expect after a labiaplasty

Immediately following labiaplasty surgery, you might experience some swelling or soreness. After swelling goes down, you can expect labia of desired size and length.

While you will be able to walk and move around almost immediately, most patients want to take a few days off from work to heal. Sexual activity and strenuous lifting or exercise should be stopped for a month after surgery.

Labiaplasty side effects and risks

Mild bruising and bleeding are common after labiaplasty. More severe bruising, bleeding and infection are potential but rare side effects.