Labia Minora Operation

A labia minora operation, also known as labiaplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping or reducing the size of the labia minora, which are the inner folds of the vulva. Labiaplasty is typically performed for cosmetic reasons or to address discomfort or irritation caused by enlarged or asymmetric labia minora. Here’s an overview of what you can expect during a labia minora operation:


  • The process begins with a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon or gynecologist who specializes in labiaplasty. During this consultation, you will discuss your goals, concerns, and reasons for wanting the procedure.
  • The surgeon will evaluate your labial anatomy and overall health to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.

Preoperative Preparation:

  • If you decide to proceed with the surgery, you will receive preoperative instructions from your surgeon. These instructions may include lifestyle changes, discontinuing certain medications, and abstaining from smoking and alcohol in the weeks leading up to the procedure.
  • You may also be asked to avoid food and drink for a specified time before surgery if you are having the procedure under general anesthesia.


  • Labiaplasty is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your comfort and the extent of the procedure.

Surgical Procedure:

  • Once you are anesthetized, the surgeon will carefully make incisions and remove excess tissue from the labia minora.
  • The surgeon will then reshape and contour the labia minora according to your desired outcome, taking into account your preferences and any medical considerations.
  • Dissolvable sutures are often used to close the incisions, and sterile dressings may be applied to protect the surgical area.


  • After the surgery, you will spend some time in the recovery area while the effects of anesthesia wear off.
  • You may experience some discomfort, swelling, and mild bruising in the surgical area.
  • Over the following days and weeks, swelling and discomfort should gradually subside.


  • The full results of labiaplasty may take some time to become noticeable. As swelling decreases and the tissues heal, you can expect improved labial aesthetics with a more symmetrical and sculpted appearance.

Follow-Up Appointments:

  • You will have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns.

Long-Term Care:

  • After labiaplasty, it’s essential to maintain good genital hygiene and follow your surgeon’s recommendations for long-term care and maintenance.

Risks and Complications:

  • Like any surgical procedure, labiaplasty carries potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in sensitivity. Discuss these risks with your surgeon before making a decision.

Ensure that you choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in labiaplasty to optimize your results and minimize potential risks. Additionally, have a thorough discussion with your surgeon about your goals and expectations to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what can be achieved through the procedure.

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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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