What is a Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the labia, or the folds of skin around the vaginal opening. Women have two folds of skin; the outer folds are called the labia majora and protect the external genital organs and are covered with pubic hair. The inner folds are known as the labia minora, which protect the opening of the urethra and vagina.

Labia can become oversized due to many factors, including aging, menopause, pregnancy and childbirth, weight fluctuations, and genetics.

Who is a Candidate?

There are a variety of reasons why a woman may choose to undergo this procedure, including the following.

  • To reduce the size of the labia minora so that they do not extend beyond the labia majora
  • To reduce physical discomfort associated with excess labial tissue
  • To improve hygiene, since excess tissue can make cleaning difficult 

Overall, healthy individuals who wish to undergo a labiaplasty due to any of the above reasons may be good candidates. A consultation appointment with a skilled provider is the first step toward achieving these personal goals.

The Labiaplasty Procedure

When it comes to reducing the size of the labia minora and/or majora, there are three main techniques used today including the trim procedure and the wedge procedure. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

Rim Labiaplasty

During this approach, excess tissue is removed from the outer edge of one or both sides of the labia minora until it is even with the edges of the labia majora.

Complete Labiaplasty

This procedure, also referred to as the Barbie look labiaplasty, removes all of the labia minora so that the labia minora are no longer visible.

Hybrid Labiaplasty

This procedure removes more of the labia minora than the rim labiaplasty, but less than the complete labiaplasty.


Following labiaplasty, swelling and discomfort are to be expected; ice packs and pain medication can help with this. An oral or topical antibiotic may also be prescribed to prevent infection. Most patients will take a week off from work to recover from this procedure. While most swelling is gone by six weeks, some residual swelling may take up to six months to resolve. There is usually little to no scarring once the area is fully healed.



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If you are interested in learning more about labiaplasty and if it is right for you, contact the Tideline Center for Health & Aesthetics today. Your first step will be to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our providers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know if you need a labiaplasty?

If you have symptoms such as visible labia minora that extend beyond the labia majora, which can also cause pinching pain and physical discomfort, or more frequent UTIs, you might be a good candidate for labiaplasty.

What are the side effects of a labiaplasty?

Side effects experienced during recovery of labiaplasty include tenderness, swelling, and discomfort. Infection is also possible, but you should receive antibiotics to help prevent this.

What activities can I not do after a labiaplasty?

You should plan to take up to a week off of your normal activities, especially things like running, biking, sitting for extended periods, and all strenuous exercise.

What activities should I avoid after a labiaplasty?

You should plan to take up to a week off of your normal activities, especially things like running, biking, sitting for extended periods, and all strenuous exercise.

How long is the recovery time for labiaplasty?

The recovery time is usually about six weeks. Most of the swelling will go down during that time. After six months, any residual swelling should disappear.

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