Labia Minora Hypertrophy Surgery

Labia minora hypertrophy refers to the enlargement or elongation of the labia minora, which are the inner folds of the vulva. This condition can lead to discomfort, self-consciousness, and physical or functional issues for some individuals. Labia minora hypertrophy surgery, also known as labiaplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to address this concern. Here’s what you need to know:

Reasons for Labia Minora Hypertrophy Surgery:

  1. Discomfort: Enlarged labia minora can lead to discomfort or pain during physical activities, such as exercise, sexual intercourse, or when wearing tight clothing.
  2. Hygiene Challenges: Some individuals with labia minora hypertrophy may find it difficult to maintain proper hygiene, which can increase the risk of irritation or infection.
  3. Self-Esteem and Aesthetic Concerns: Enlarged labia minora can cause self-consciousness and negatively impact body image and self-esteem. Some individuals seek labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons.

The Labia Minora Hypertrophy Surgery (Labiaplasty) Procedure:

  1. Consultation: The process typically begins with a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon or gynecologist who specializes in labiaplasty. During this consultation, you will discuss your concerns, goals, and expectations.
  2. Surgery: On the day of the procedure, you will be placed under anesthesia, which can be local anesthesia with or without sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation and your preference. The surgeon will then perform labiaplasty, which involves trimming or reshaping the labia minora to achieve the desired size and shape.
  3. Techniques: The surgeon may use various techniques, including the trim technique (removing excess tissue along the edges), the wedge technique (removing a V-shaped wedge from the labia), or other methods based on your specific needs and anatomy.
  4. Suturing: After making the necessary adjustments, the surgeon will carefully suture the incisions with dissolvable stitches to promote healing. The goal is to create a neater and more comfortable appearance of the labia minora.


Recovery from labia minora hypertrophy surgery typically involves the following:

  • Swelling, discomfort, and bruising for a few days.
  • Pain medication may be prescribed to manage discomfort.
  • Limited physical activity, including abstaining from sexual intercourse, for several weeks.
  • Follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor healing and address any concerns.


The results of labia minora hypertrophy surgery can vary from person to person, but the primary goal is to achieve a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing appearance of the labia minora. It’s essential to have realistic expectations and discuss your goals with your surgeon during the consultation.

When considering labiaplasty for labia minora hypertrophy, it’s crucial to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in labiaplasty procedures. During the consultation, you can discuss your concerns, desired outcomes, and any questions you may have about the surgery.

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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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