The popularity of genital cosmetic procedures in women is increasing. These procedures include labia minora reduction or labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction, labia majora augmentation/reduction, and vaginoplasty to name a few. Of these procedures, labiaplasty is the most common. With realistic expectations, these procedures may have a positive effect on women’s psychological well-being, and their self-esteem.
The labia are tissue that surrounds a woman’s vagina. The labia minora are the inner lips and the labia majora are the outer lips. The size and shape of the labia can vary greatly from woman to woman and there is a lot of normal variances.
Labiaplasty is a procedure that reduces the length of the labia minora.
Some women have discomfort with bicycling, intercourse, or when they wear tight clothing such as yoga pants or bathing suits. Other women report uncomfortable friction during intercourse. Some women do not have any physical complaints but are unhappy with the asymmetry of the labia or do not like the look of what they consider to be large labia.
It takes about a week to recover from labiaplasty, and women can resume intercourse and exercise about one month to six weeks after surgery.