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Procedure time

1 to 2 hours

Overnight stay

Day case or one night


General anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation

Final results

6 months

Labiaplasty overview

What is a Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty, or vulval surgery, is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce the size or correct the shape of the labia minora and majora. It is the most popular vaginal surgery and is in high demand. This labiaplasty overview aims to give you the facts about what the surgery involves and what it aims to achieve.

What can a Labiaplasty achieve?

The labia minora are the inner lips of the vagina and the labia majora are the outer lips. It is natural that they come in all shapes and sizes. Some women may be born with a large labia. However, the labia may also increase in size during life. This may be due to child birth, ageing or the effect of hormones.
Whilst having long or many folds of the labia minora is perfectly normal, some women are unhappy with the way this looks. Some women may also feel self-conscious when their labia peeks through their underwear or swim suit. Furthermore, women who have an enlarged or elongated labia may feel some discomfort or pain. This may occur when they wear certain clothing such as yoga pants, during exercise or sex. This technique improves the aesthetic look of the labia by correcting the size and shape. Surgery can achieve this is through the removal of excess tissue from the inner lips. Therefore, the reduction in the size resolves any tugging or twisting that some women struggle with.
In addition, the goal of the surgery is to reduce the extent that the inner lips hang down below the level of the hairy outer lips. It can also be an option for women where one side is longer than the other and want this asymmetry corrected.
To conclude, many women who have had this surgery have been very happy with the results! They have found it helps to boost your self- esteem and improves their quality of life.

Who are BAAPS and BAPRAS?

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) are the main societies for plastic surgeons in the UK. Surgeons who are members of these societies must undergo regular training. This ensures their skills and knowledge are always kept up to date.
Furthermore, to become a member of either of these societies, surgeons must reach a high level in their training. Because of this, here at Medbelle we only work with surgeons who are a member of BAAPS or BAPRAS. Thus, giving our patients the best standard of care.

Surgery results and benefits vary per individual.
Specific results cannot be guaranteed.