Large Labia 

Labiaplasty is surgery to reduce the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin either side of the vaginal opening.

Some women consider having a labiaplasty because they don't like the look of their labia, or because the labia cause discomfort. This is a major decision you should weigh up carefully.

It's natural and normal for a woman to have noticeable skin folds around her vaginal opening and, in most cases, this shouldn't cause any problems.

What does labiaplasty involve?

A labiaplasty can be carried out using either a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic with sedation.

The procedure involves shortening or reshaping the vaginal lips. The unwanted tissue is cut away with a scalpel or possibly a laser, and the loose edge may be stitched up with fine, dissolvable stitches.

The whole procedure takes about one to two hours. Some patients are able to go home the same day.

Recovery
You may need to take some time off work to recover. It can take a couple of months for the skin to fully heal. During this time you need to:

  • keep the area clean and free from infection
  • wear loose underwear and clothes to prevent rubbing
  • avoid sex for a few weeks
  • use sanitary towels instead of tampons for a few weeks
  • Your surgeon would give you more specific advice that you should also follow.

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