Excess Labia Minora

Excess labia minora, also known as labial hypertrophy, refers to the condition in which the inner folds of the vulva, called the labia minora, are larger or more prominent than what is considered typical. This condition can cause physical discomfort, irritation, and self-consciousness in some individuals. It’s important to note that labial hypertrophy is a naturally occurring variation in anatomy and is not necessarily a medical problem. However, some individuals may choose to address it for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Here are some key points regarding excess labia minora:


  • Labial hypertrophy can occur for various reasons, including genetics, hormonal changes during puberty or pregnancy, aging, or other factors. In some cases, it may be present from birth.

Common Concerns:

  • Individuals with excess labia minora may experience physical discomfort or irritation when wearing tight clothing, engaging in physical activities, or during sexual intercourse.
  • Cosmetic concerns or self-consciousness about the appearance of the labia minora can also be reasons for seeking treatment.

Treatment Options:

  • Surgical procedures, such as labiaplasty, can be performed to reduce the size of the labia minora and improve their appearance.
  • Labiaplasty can be performed using various techniques, including traditional surgical methods or laser technology. The choice of technique depends on the individual’s goals and the surgeon’s expertise.

Consultation with a Specialist:

  • If you are experiencing discomfort or have concerns about the appearance of your labia minora, consider scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon or gynecologist who specializes in labiaplasty.
  • During the consultation, you can discuss your goals and concerns, and the surgeon will evaluate your anatomy to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

Benefits and Risks:

  • Labiaplasty can provide physical relief and improve self-confidence for individuals with labial hypertrophy. However, like any surgical procedure, it carries potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in sensitivity.
  • It’s important to have a thorough discussion with your surgeon about the potential benefits and risks before deciding on treatment.

Ultimately, the decision to address excess labia minora should be a personal one based on your individual needs and concerns. If you are considering treatment, consult with a qualified medical professional who can provide guidance and help you make an informed decision that aligns with your goals and overall well-being.

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Dr Richard Young

Dr. Richard Young is a board certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon

As one of the nation’s leading innovators in aesthetic surgery of the face, hand, breast and body, and a pioneer of reconstructive surgery and stem cell procedures, Dr. Richard Young is certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

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