A labiaplasty (labia rejuvenation) improves the look and function of the labia (the lips of the vaginal opening), which may have become stretched or loose as a result of childbirth, sexual activity, hormones or aging. Labiaplasty removes the excess skin and reshapes the labia to enhance its appearance.
A labiaplasty procedure may be performed to surgically reshape or reduce the external appearance of the vagina on women who are unhappy with the appearance of their labia. Enlarged inner genital lips (labia minora) may hang down outside the vagina as a result of becoming loose or stretched through the reasons above. The excess skin may present hygiene problems or make sexual intercourse and other activities such as cycling, walking or sitting uncomfortable. The patient may also be embarrassed at the appearance of their labia, and their self-confidence may suffer as a result.
During the labiaplasty surgery, the surgeon removes the excess tissue of the labia minora, while the labia majora (on the outside of the body) may also be reduced by surgery or liposuction. The procedure takes around one to two hours to perform on an outpatient basis under local, twilight or general anesthesia.
The results are permanent, although it is possible for the labia to become stretched again due to pregnancy, childbirth, or sexual activity.