What is Labiaplasty?

The labia are the folds of tissue on either side of the vagina. The labia majora are the outer folds and the labia minora are the inner folds. Some women experience emotional distress and/or physical discomfort from overly large or asymmetric labia. The physical discomfort can arise during exercise, or with sexual activity.

Labiaplasty is a procedure to contour the labia to help alleviate symptoms of overly large, or asymmetric labia. Most commonly, excess tissue from the labia minora or inner folds is removed and the remaining labia is reshaped. This can improve the tugging sensation that women experience during activity, and can help a woman feel more confident about the appearance of her genital region. Labiaplasty is a good option for you if you are relatively healthy and are bothered by the large size or asymmetric appearance of your labia. When choosing a plastic surgeon for labiaplasty, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.

About the Procedure:

Labiaplasty involves making incisions on the labia, most commonly the labia minora, to remove excess tissue so that the labia minora do not hang below the labia majora. The technique used to reduce your labia will be determined by your individual anatomy. Sometimes the labial tissue is trimmed, and in other cases a wedge resection is necessary. The incisions are closed with absorbable sutures that do not need to be removed.

The results of your labiaplasty are immediately visible and will be long-lasting. Incision lines tend to heal very well. Dr. Hewell and Dr. Fischer’s patients report a very high rate of satisfaction with this procedure, and minimal pain during recovery because of their special technique.


Labiaplasty can be safely performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility. Dr. Hewell and Dr. Fischer’s office ambulatory surgical facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Established in 1980, AAAASF holds outpatient and office-based facilities to hospital standards and assures the public that patient safety is the top priority in a facility. Dr. Hewell and Dr. Fischer’s patients prefer the privacy and comfort of their facility for this surgery compared to the hospital environment.

There are many anesthesia options available for this surgical procedure ranging from local anesthesia to intravenous sedation to general anesthesia. Dr. Hewell and Dr. Fischer will recommend which anesthesia option is best for you.

Yes, labiaplasty can be combined with other surgical procedures. Women commonly combine this surgical procedure with breast augmentation, liposuction, and other body contouring procedures.

Dr. Hewell and Dr. Fischer see all of their labiaplasty patients the day after surgery. The Doctors and their exceptional team will take care of all dressings at this visit.

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