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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer for The Private Clinic of Harley Street, London.
Last Reviewed June 23rd 2023

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Around a third of women seek Labiaplasty (vaginal reshaping surgery) for aesthetic reasons alone, while the rest either seek it to correct a functional impairment, such as discomfort caused by a large labia (flaps of skin on each side of the vaginal opening) or both reasons. Whatever the reason, you should take into consideration all aspects of this surgical procedure and weigh up the reasons carefully.

Labia reduction surgery (also known as Labiaplasty) is becoming increasingly popular and less of a taboo for women to address. We treat women who are concerned about the shape and size of their labia, whether it is a result of natural childbirth, age, or even weight loss.

Labiaplasty is a surgical vaginal rejuvenation procedure carried out to correct and define the appearance of the labia, creating a neater and more symmetrical appearance.

All of our specialist surgeons here at The Private Clinic are available to offer honest advice to suit your individual requirements.

Consultations for labiaplasty surgery are available at our London Harley Street and Manchester clinics.

Labiaplasty, Labia Reduction Surgery at a glance

Procedure Time
0.5 – 1 hour

Anaesthetic Type
Local or General

Hospital Stay
Day case

Support Garments

1 days

Up & Mobile
24 hours

Sexual Activity
4 weeks

Back to work
1 week

2 weeks

6 weeks

Full Recovery Time
6 – 8 weeks

Final Results
6 – 12 months

As normal

4-5 days depend of the wound

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What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 40 years with thousands of women placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.

The Consultation

The first stage of your labiaplasty treatment journey will be a consultation with one of our expert labiaplasty surgeons.

At your consultation, your surgeon will go through the procedure in detail and examine you to assess your suitability for surgery. A chaperone will be available at all times to help you feel comfortable.

Your surgeon will then discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Your expectations from the surgery
  • Risks and Complications of labiaplasty surgery
  • Aftercare

Following your consultation, you will be introduced to your dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to proceed with surgery.

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Pre-Operative Appointment

In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria.

Following your labiaplasty consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will choose which pre-operative tests to carry out which are going to be most appropriate to you.

Most pre-operative assessments include a blood test, MRSA swabs, urine test and a blood pressure test.

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The Labiaplasty Procedure

The labiaplasty procedure is a surgical procedure, which can be performed either under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic – your surgeon will recommend the most suitable procedure for you. It takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to perform.

The inner and outer labia can be altered and reduced in appearance to fit a more standard labia shape and appearance. The entire labia area can not be removed, as they are needed to protect the delicate inner areas.

It is important to choose an experienced surgeon to avoid some of the common problems associated with inexperienced surgeons. There is minimal scarring involved as any incisions will be carefully made to be hidden by the natural folds around the labia.

It can be a very sensitive topic for patients and we assure you that you will be treated with the utmost discretion and professionalism.

There are 2 main types of Labiaplasty surgery techniques.

Trim Labiaplasty

The trim labiaplasty technique is the most commonly performed type of labiaplasty procedure. It is very effective at correcting a wide range of issues affecting both the inner and outer labia. The procedure involves a linear incision being made along the outer margin of the labia. The excess tissue is removed from the labia and the remaining edges are sutured together. The trim technique removes any dark pigmentation on the edge of the labia tissue which results in a more youthful pink colour on the edge of the labia which is often desirable for patients.

Wedge Labiaplasty

The wedge method is also known as the central v wedge technique. This is a slightly more complex procedure that is often used for correcting asymmetry and excess length. The procedure involves removing a wedge-shaped/pie shaped piece of tissue from the central part of the labia. The incision is usually V shaped with the two edges being sewn together. The wedge technique is not suitable for patients wanting to remove pigmentation from the border of the labia, unlike the trim technique. It does however mean that the border of the labia is preserved maintaining the labia’s natural wrinkled edge.

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After your labiaplasty procedure

Patients can experience some slight swelling and discomfort for the first week after the labiaplasty procedure. During the second week, the swelling will subside entirely and you will hardly be able to notice the incision marks. Most of our patients are advised that they may need between 1 and 3 weeks off work, depending on their own healing process.

You will be advised to take it easy for a couple of weeks – avoid strenuous exercise for 2 weeks and vaginal intercourse for approximately four weeks.

Full advice and support will be given and available for you post-surgery as part of our aftercare promise.

The Labiaplasty Results

The results of a labiaplasty are a defined, neatly shaped labia. You can get back to your normal routine swiftly, making sure to follow the advice given by our medical team. You can then go about your daily life with the right kind of confidence and comfort.

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How long do I need to take off work after a labiaplasty?

We advise that you take a full week off work following your labia reduction surgery.

During your consultation, you will be able to discuss your role at work and what tasks are required of you which help your surgeon to advise on whether longer would be required or not.

Is a labiaplasty procedure painful?

Labiaplasty procedures are performed under general or local anaesthetic. In both instances, you should not feel any pain and our experienced medical team will be on hand to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

You are likely to feel some discomfort after your labiaplasty procedure. It is very important that you follow our aftercare advice, which will include pain relief information to help you feel comfortable throughout your recovery period.

When can I resume sexual activities following a labiaplasty?

To allow for a full recovery of the area, we advise abstaining from sexual intercourse for at least 4 weeks, but ideally 6 weeks. Your surgeon will then be able to advise when you can safely resume sexual activities following your 6-week follow-up.

How much does Labiaplasty cost?

The Private Clinic sees over 15,000 new patients every year and perform over 10,000 procedures, with one of the highest patients’ satisfaction in the sector, Trustpilot 5 star rating98% would recommend us to their friends and family.

The Private Clinic prides itself on its commitment to Medical Expertise, Patient Care and Satisfaction, Honest advice and most importantly Results. We are above all committed to Quality.

Please feel free to contact us for any Labiaplasty advice or to book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons. Labiaplasty Cost can be part of your decision to undergo a procedure but it should never be the deciding factor. For more information about The Private Clinic, our experience and medical expertise click here

Labiaplasty can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic. The price for labiaplasty starts from £5,100. We don’t follow a one-price-fits-all policy and prices are quoted on a case by case basis. You will be given an accurate quote for your requirements following your consultation.

A labiaplasty consultation with one of our Senior Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons is £100 at our clinics in London Harley Street and Manchester.

Can a Labiaplasty help reduce the size of a large labia

A labiaplasty procedure is usually performed to reduce the size of the labia minora (inner lips). Labiaplasty can also be performed to reshape/reduce the size of the labia major, (outer lips), although this is less commonly performed.

What are the restrictions following a Labiaplasty?

Our surgeons recommend that activities including strenuous exercise, sexual activity, and physical activities like running, swimming, and cycling should ideally be avoided until 6 weeks following a labiaplasty procedure.

After 6 weeks, patients will return back to see the surgeon who, based on their recovery so far, will be able to tell them when it would be safe to return to their usual activities.

Can having a labiaplasty affect sensation?

A reduction in sensation is not typically encountered with labia reduction surgery but it will always be a risk.

Our labiaplasty surgeons are very experienced and during a labiaplasty procedure will ensure that any labial tissue is removed in the safest way.

Many patients report that they have experienced improved sensitivity following labiaplasty since excess tissue was removed from the area.

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Vaginal Rejuvenation typically refers to a combination of cosmetic gynaecological surgery procedures to the vagina. The aim of vaginal rejuvenation is to improve the appearance, function and sensation of the vagina and surrounding areas, including the labia.

At The Private Clinic, we only provide Labiaplasty procedures which work to reduce the size of the labia. We do not offer vagina tightening, pelvic floor muscle repair surgery or surgical perineum repair.

Where is the labia?

The labia is part of the vagina. It refers to the folds of skin that surround the vulva. There are two parts to the labia, the outer labia (labia majora) and the inner labia (labia minora).

It is important to know that it is very normal for the labia to appear in all different shapes and sizes. There is no ‘normal’. But for those who are unhappy with the appearance of their labia then labia reduction surgery (labiaplasty) can be performed.

The appearance of a large labia or an asymmetric labia can cause women to feel self-conscious despite it being a private and sensitive area of their body. Choosing to go ahead with reconstructive surgery in this area can be a difficult decision.

A labiaplasty should only be carried out by a qualified plastic surgeon who specialises in vaginal rejuvenation surgery.

What is wrong with a large labia?

There is nothing wrong with having a large labia. Many women are able to live their lives happily and comfortably with no issues or concerns.

For some women, a large labia can cause significant psychological distress as well as functionality issues.

Issues with functionality can include chafing/rubbing on clothing and discomfort or embarrassment when wearing certain types of clothing such as swimwear. It can also make activities such as sexual intercourse, exercise, horse riding and cycling feel uncomfortable.

A labiaplasty procedure can help to reduce the size of the labia and allow the patient to live their life free from any issues caused by a large labia.

Am I suitable for a labiaplasty?

The best way to find out if you are suitable for a labiaplasty procedure is to contact us to book a no-obligation consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons.

Consultations are held within our discreet clinics and a chaperone will be available at all times to help you feel comfortable.

Patients who are unhappy about the shape, size, or symmetry of their labia are most likely the ones that would be considering labiaplasty surgery. An ideal patient may be someone who feels their labia is causing discomfort which impacts their day-to-day life.

If you are looking to tighten the vagina or a procedure to strengthen pelvic floor muscles then a labiaplasty would not be suitable.

During your consultation, the plastic surgeon will listen to your concerns and examine the labia. This enables them to determine if labiaplasty surgery would help and ensure that you have realistic expectations of what can be achieved by labia surgery.

All patients will also be required to undergo a pre-operative assessment that checks to see that they are physically and psychologically fit and healthy.

Can I get a designer vagina?

Designer vagina is a slang term to describe any type of cosmetic gynaecological surgery. This includes labial reduction surgery (labiaplasty), vaginal tightening surgery (vaginoplasty), and other vaginal rejuvenation procedures.

We do not use the phrase Designer Vagina at The Private Clinic. We like our patients to understand what the procedure they are coming to see us for entails.

We do not offer vaginal tightening surgery or any other type of vaginal rejuvenation procedures other than labiaplasty surgery.

We ensure that all patients are aware of what to expect from labiaplasty surgery and are honest when a patient has unrealistic expectations from the procedure.

Does a labiaplasty hurt?

Labiaplasty surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic so no pain would be felt during the procedure.

For patients who choose local anaesthetic, the area will numb, the injection will be a sharp scratch but once the anaesthetic takes affect, no pain should be felt.

Any discomfort or pain experienced following surgery can be easily managed with pain medication which will be provided by the surgeon. Post-operative pain usually subsides after a few days.

In the first few days following the procedure, patients may find going to the toilet or sitting down uncomfortable. Any discomfort felt is likely to be caused by the swelling. Swelling of the area should gradually reduce in the days following the procedure, it can take up to 2 weeks for all the swelling to go.

It is perfectly normal to have soreness, swelling or bruising in the labial area for up to two weeks after surgery.

Can I get pregnant following labiaplasty surgery?

Yes, labiaplasty surgery has no effect on your ability to get pregnant or your ability to have a vaginal birth.

Childbirth and pregnancy will also not have any effect on the results of your labiaplasty procedure.

What are the risks of labiaplasty surgery?

Just like any type of surgery, labiaplasty surgery does come with risks and complications. You will be made aware of all of these during your consultation.

Risks and side effects following labiaplasty surgery include; Bleeding, scarring, infection, asymmetry and reduced genital sensitivity.

Complications of a labiaplasty include blood clots (DVT), removing too much tissue or not enough tissue and wound breakdown.

Complications during and following labiaplasty surgery are very rare.

Your surgeon will answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

Is labia reduction possible without surgery?

Non-surgical labia reduction treatments are available, such as non-surgical radiofrequency technology and laser labia reduction however, there are no real reports to support their claims and the results are not permanent.

There are treatments such as creams, home remedies and exercises that all claim to reduce labia size but again, there is limited scientific proof of their effectiveness.

Labiaplasty surgery is the only guaranteed way to reduce the size of your labia permanently, and safely.

Things to Consider

Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a labiaplasty procedure:

1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic.

The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 40 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.

2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.

At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.

3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure

4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out what your clinic’s reputation is.

Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.

Why Choose The Private Clinic

  • Expert Cosmetic surgeons, see our before and after results here.
  • Dedicated care with your expert surgeon and nursing team, and a 24 hour help line.
  • We have state of the art hospital facilities.
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Meet our Surgeons

We have a dedicated Plastic Surgeon and medical team who will be with you throughout your journey.

At The Private Clinic labia reduction surgery is performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons who have decades of experience.