What is Labiaplasty?

Do yoga pants, leggings, or bikini bottoms make you feel self-conscious? A labiaplasty is a surgical technique that lowers the size of the labia minora (inner tissues) to make them flush with the labia majora (outer genitalia). Labiaplasty not only enhances the look of a woman’s genitalia, but it also relieves pain associated with uncomfortable intercourse and other physical activity.

Candidates for Labiaplasty

Women who have enlarged labia naturally or as a result of childbirth, aging, or sexual activity are all candidates for labiaplasty. Reducing excess tissue can also improve hygiene and make cleaning easier for women who have frequent urinary tract infections. Hanging or overly large labial tissue is also easily pulled, pinched, or twisted during physical activities (including sexual intercourse) and if this pain is being experienced, labiaplasty can help.

The Procedure

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that uses one of the following surgical techniques to improve the appearance and functionality of the exterior female genitalia:

Trim Procedure

The trim procedure is most commonly used, and it is the original technique for labiaplasty. Excess or hanging tissue on the labia minora is removed and then the remaining tissue is sutured so that it is flush with the labia major.

Wedge Procedure

The wedge labiaplasty procedure is beneficial for women with large labial structures. A wedge-shaped section of tissue is removed from the thickest part of the labia minora to give the vagina a natural look
and maintain the wrinkled edges.

Barbie Procedure

A Barbie labiaplasty involves a total reduction of the labia minora (inner lips) of the vagina. The procedure also helps move the labia majora (outer lips) of the vagina closer together.


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Labiaplasty recovery is relatively short, and most women can return to work within one week or less. Swelling, bruising, and minor bleeding are common, but bleeding and bruising will stop in about a week and most of the swelling will have reduced in 6 weeks. During this 6-week recovery period, wear loose-fitting pants and avoid all strenuous activity, including sexual activity.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you face physical or emotional discomfort from a large labium, labiaplasty can be the answer you?ve been looking for. Schedule a consultation today at North Valley Cosmetic Surgery in Phoenix, AZ to learn more about how this procedure can benefit you!


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