Labiaplasty (Labial Reduction)

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A labiaplasty improves the look and function of the labia; the lips of the vaginal opening. The labia minora is the inner flap of skin that covers the clitoris and vagina. The labia majora is the portion of the labia on the outside of the body. The labia can become loose or stretched through sexual activity, hormones, childbirth, or age. In some cases the excess skin can present hygiene problems or make sexual intercourse and other activities uncomfortable. With a labiaplasty, the extra skin is removed and the labia reshaped into a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.


*The average cost of Labiaplasty surgery ranges between $3,000 and $6,000..

The main purpose of performing labiaplasty is to reduce the size and reshape the external labia.

Labiaplasty also known as Labioplasty is a plastic surgery procedure with permanent results.









  1. What are some of the common benefits of labial reduction?
  2. How is labiaplasty done?
  3. At what age can labial reduction be done?
  4. How long does labiaplasty take?
  5. Do I have to stay in the hospital?
  6. How much pain is there?
  7. What can I expect after a labiaplasty?
  8. What is the recovery period like?
  9. What is the long-term outcome like for most people?
  10. Ideal Candidate
  11. Risks


What are some of the common benefits of labial reduction?

Labiaplasty can help women who experience pain, irritation, self-consciousness, hygiene issues, or sexual dysfunction due to an enlarged labia.

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What will happen at the initial consultation?

During your initial consultation you can discuss what problems you are experiencing and give the doctor your detailed medical history. Your doctor must check to see if you have other vaginal issues such as general pain in the pelvic area or trouble urinating.

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How is labiaplasty done?

The surgeon removes (with scalpel, radiofrequency cauterizing ,or laser) excess tissue of the labia minora. The labia majora, on the outside of the body, can be reduced with either surgery or liposuction if needed.

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At what age can labial reduction be done?

There are no age requirements but you may want to wait until after having children because this can stretch the labia.

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How long does labiaplasty take?

A labiaplasty procedure takes one to two hours to complete. Time in the operating room may be longer if you are undergoing other procedures at the same time.

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Do I have to stay in the hospital?

No hospital stay is required, but you will need someone to care for you after the labiaplasty procedure.

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How much pain is there?

There is some discomfort and pain after this procedure, comparable to the tenderness one feels after giving birth. Medication and rest will keep you fairly comfortable after your labiaplasty.

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What can I expect after a labiaplasty?

You will be swollen and experience some pain, as mentioned. The doctor may require you to wear supportive undergarments.

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What is the recovery period like?

During your recovery, feminine hygiene products, vibrators, and sexual intercourse must be avoided for three to eight weeks to facilitate healing. You may return to work in two to five days. Strenuous activity can be resumed two to three weeks later.

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What is the long-term outcome like for most people?

The results are considered fairly permanent. However it is possible for the labia to be stretched again by pregnancy or sexual activity.

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Ideal Candidate

  • Experiences impairment in normal activities due to enlarged labia
  • Someone who has sexual dysfunction or pain from labia
  • Not planning to become pregnant in the future
  • Would like to improve the appearance of the labia
  • Has realistic expectations

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Labiaplasty Risks

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Asymmetry of the labia
  • Pigmentation changes
  • An increased/decreased sense of feeling in that area

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The information on this web site is only intended as an introduction to this procedure and should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor as a guarantee of the result. The best method of determining your options is to consult qualified surgeons who are able to answer specific questions related to your situation.

*Disclaimer: Coust Source: Most surgeons offer convenient payments plans for this procedure. Cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses. Costs may vary depending the extensiveness of the procedure, location, and other factors. Costs are provided solely for research purposes. For specific estimates, please contact a qualified plastic surgeon. 

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