Many women suffer from enlarged labia minora (the inner genital lips), which may be a genetic condition, or a condition that develops over time, or after childbirth. The effects of large, thick or irregular labia can vary among women. Some may be bothered by the appearance of large, uneven or thick labia, which can sometimes extend beyond the labia majora. Other women may experience labial irritation while conducting normal activities, or may find it difficult to keep the labial area clean. Still others may experience pain during sexual intercourse, sports or other vigorous activities.
While some women find it embarrassing to discuss labia conditions with their doctor or gynecologist, there is a procedure available to help. Labiaplasty reduces large labia or reshapes uneven labia, improving their appearance and reducing associated discomfort.
Also known as labial reduction, labiaplasty is a relatively minor surgical procedure that trims large or uneven labia minora for cosmetic, hygienic, pain relief and/or functional reasons. Labiaplasty can be performed alone or together with other procedures such as vaginoplasty and liposuction for more extensive vaginal rejuvenation.