Is Labiaplasty Painful? What are the Risks?

Labiaplasty is generally considered a safe procedure, but there are certain risks associated with labiaplasty that patients should be aware of before surgery. The risk of complications is minimal, as plastic surgeons report a complication rate of one percent in labiaplasty surgeries. The common risks associated with labiaplasty plastic surgery are:


Cutting into the labia will produce large quantities of blood due to the numerous blood vessels in the area. While using lasers to place the incisions can help reduce the amount of bleeding, it may continue for up to 24 hours after the procedure.


While the risk is relatively low, it is still essential to follow the surgeon?s instructions carefully before and after the procedure to reduce the chance of infection. Good hygiene is essential; patients should keep their vulva clean to prevent infection from developing. It is also important to contact a medical professional if any signs of infection are present, as antibiotics are usually effective in resolving the issue quickly.


While there is no way to avoid scarring entirely, a highly skilled and experienced surgeon can place the incisions in a manner that follows the natural contours of the labia, making the scars more inconspicuous. Initially, the scars may be prominent but gradually fade into thin lines over time. In some cases, the scarring may cause pain during intercourse or childbirth; this is something young women should consider. It may also be advisable to postpone any type of vaginal surgery until after childbirth. If pain while having sex persists, revision surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.

Swelling and Bruising

Swelling typically subsides after a few weeks but can take up to three months in some cases. Bruising is normal and should also resolve within two to three weeks. However, if the swelling or bruising persists beyond this time frame, it is important to contact your doctor.

Reduced Sensation

This is an uncommon complication but one to be aware of. If a nerve is severed during the labiaplasty procedure, it may lead to a partial or complete loss of sensation in the area. In most cases, the nerve damage is temporary, and the sensation returns to normal over time.

Sexual Dysfunction

Reduced libido or lack of interest in sex, including pain or discomfort during intercourse, and psychological issues such as feeling self-conscious about the appearance of one?s labia. Other sexual problems related to labiaplasty include decreased sensation during intercourse, pain during sex, and difficulty reaching orgasm.

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Thinking you might benefit from a labiaplasty is nothing to be embarrassed or shy about! Our surgeon will highlight these risks to the patient and explain what steps she should take to avoid these complications. Don’t forget to check out our Labiaplasty special!