Labial reduction, also known as labiaplasty, is the resizing of the labia minora (inner lips of the vagina).
Labial reduction can be carried out for a variety of reasons.
It may be that your labia minora is causing pain during physical activities, this could be during intercourse or simply riding a bike. If this is the case please contact one of our understanding consultants at Gynaechoice who will be able to offer advice on the best course of action for you.
Dissimilarly, you may want a labial reduction for cosmetic reasons. This is something our consultants can help you with however it must be pointed out that women come in all shapes and sizes and no two women will look the same. It is entirely natural for one labia to be longer than the other or even for the labia minora to be longer than the labia majora. If you would like to talk about the option of labial reduction for cosmetic reasons please contact us.
What happens during the procedure?
A labial reduction can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic. Local anaesthetic means you are awake, but numb and general anaesthetic means you are asleep throughout the procedure. The operation usually takes between one and two hours.
Labial reduction is usually carried out as a day-case, which means you won’t need to stay overnight in hospital. It is usual to experience soreness and swelling for a few days after the operation and you will probably need to take some time off work to rest and recover.