Labia Minora Reduction Surgery

Labiaplasty, including labia minora reduction surgery, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves altering the size or shape of the labia minora, which are the inner folds of the vulva. This procedure is performed for various reasons, including aesthetic concerns, discomfort, or functional issues. Here’s an overview of labia minora reduction surgery:

Reasons for Labia Minora Reduction Surgery:

  1. Aesthetic Concerns: Some individuals may be unhappy with the size, shape, or symmetry of their labia minora and seek labiaplasty to achieve their desired appearance.
  2. Discomfort or Pain: Enlarged or elongated labia minora can cause physical discomfort during activities such as exercise, sexual intercourse, or when wearing tight clothing. Labiaplasty can alleviate this discomfort.
  3. Functional Issues: In some cases, enlarged labia minora can lead to hygiene challenges, recurrent infections, or discomfort during daily activities. Labia minora reduction can address these functional issues.

The Labia Minora Reduction 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 labia minora reduction, which involves trimming or reshaping the labia minora to achieve the desired appearance and symmetry.
  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 symmetrical appearance of the labia minora.


Recovery from labia minora reduction 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 reduction 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 labia minora reduction surgery, 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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