Cosmetic Labiaplasty, also known as labia rejuvenation, labia reduction, or vaginal lip reduction is the specific cosmetic procedure to reduce the inner lips of the vagina, or labia minora, or the outer lips of the vagina, or labia majora.
Patients seeking Labiaplasty often present with reports of difficulty with hygiene (toilet paper sticking), discomfort with tight clothing, pain with cycling or similar sports, labia catching in zippers, or painful intercourse due to enlarged labia minora. Others report that the labia protrude beyond the labia majora leading to self-consciousness and difficulty with intimacy. Another common report is asymmetry of the labia minora. Often, a small improvement to appearance, whether obvious or discrete, can mean an enormous boost in self-esteem and self-confidence.
The Labiaplasty procedure usually takes between one and two hours, and is performed while the patient is under general anaesthesia or a local anaesthetic with sedative. Pre-determined amounts of excess labial tissue will be removed and the incision will be sutured with dissolvable sutures. Sensitivity is not lost as a result of labia reduction surgery, and there is almost no visible scarring; any scars will not be readily detectable by the untrained eye.