Plastic surgery of the labia majora and/or the labia minor is called labiaplasty. The labia majora and labia minora are the external folds of skin that surround the structures of the vulva. Patients have varying reasons for requesting the removal of excess tissue of the labia, including concerns related to symmetry, size, childbirth, discomfort and others.

If the labia becomes enlarged and/or elongated, some women can experience a great deal of discomfort when wearing certain clothing or performing certain activities. Some also experience occasional hygiene issues. Other women are simply not pleased by the aesthetics of their genitalia. Labiaplasty is a fairly simple surgery that can permanently correct these issues.

The goals of the labiaplasty procedure are to eliminate functional problems that cause pain and discomfort, while at the same time creating labia that are aesthetically appealing. The surgery has also been shown to have psychological benefits for many patients who were previously self-conscious about the appearance of their genitalia.

Labiaplasty surgery is not for patients with gynecological diseases.


Labiaplasty surgery can be successfully performed under local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia. Most of these procedures are performed at Edina Plastic Surgery’s accredited in-house surgery center.

Surgeries and recoveries are more successful for patients who are as healthy and strong as possible. Good candidates for labiaplasty are in good general health, have realistic expectations, and do not smoke.

Tips for Preparing

As with any surgical procedure, labiaplasty has the potential risk for bleeding and infection. Pain is generally not associated with this type of surgery, but some patients may experience some post-surgery scar pain. Patients are urged to avoid intercourse for six to eight weeks following the procedure. Some patients may experience prolonged swelling past 8 weeks and in some cases, it may take 6 months to a year for swelling to fully resolve.

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