You may be thinking about having a labiaplasty for several reasons:
You may be self-conscious about the appearance of your labia minora, and this may have been the case for some time.
Your labia may have enlarged after childbirth or with the natural ageing process.
You may experience discomfort with certain sporting activities or when wearing tighter clothing.
The cosmetic appearance of your labia minora is affecting your sexual confidence.
What is normal and why the controversy?
Labia minoras come in all shapes and sizes, and there is no definition of what is “normal” or “abnormal”.
Useful further information on vulval anatomy.
There is some controversy around labiaplasty, and it can be referred to as “designer vagina” surgery. We have a useful section exploring the main issues around this type of surgery. Please see section on common issues surrounding labiaplasty below.
The procedure itself
Labia minora reduction is a surgical procedure. We use the wedge excision method which avoids leaving scars over the outer edge of the labia. Most of the sensitive labial tissue is left behind, and it is the extra, loose skin, which is removed.
Surgery is carried out under local or general anaesthetic as a day procedure. There is some discomfort for a few days after the surgery and swelling is expected to last no more than 7-10 days.
We do not post before and after images of labiaplasty on our website. You will be shown several before and after images including images immediately after surgery during your consultation.
Please be assured that we will treat you with a level of professionalism, discretion and sensitivity expected of UK trained (FRCS Plast) NHS plastic surgeons practising at reputable, accredited private hospitals in Edinburgh. We all have expertise in gynaecological reconstructive plastic surgery. Please take the time to read more about the process below…