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Labiaplasty, also known as labial reduction, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves reshaping or reducing the size of the labia minora (inner vaginal lips). This surgery has gained popularity due to its ability to enhance comfort, reduce physical discomfort during activities, and improve aesthetic appearance. Labiaplasty can address issues like asymmetry, elongation, or other concerns that may affect a woman’s self-esteem or physical comfort.


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Labiaplasty Edinburgh

    Local or general anaesthesia
    1 hour
    Day case – walk in, walk out
    Swelling for up to 10-14 days
    7-10 days off work
    3-4 weeks before strenuous exercise
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What the Procedure Involves

The procedure typically involves carefully trimming excess labial tissue to achieve the desired shape and size. Most women opt to have the surgery carried out under local anaesthesia. We use advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure precision, safety, and optimal results. The surgery usually lasts 1 hour and is performed by highly experienced plastic surgeons with an interest in female genital surgery.

Our preferred method is a tissue-preserving wedge excision, where it is mostly skin that is removed.

Benefits and Expected Outcomes

The benefits of labiaplasty include increased comfort in tight clothing, reduced irritation during physical activities such as exercise, and improved self-confidence. Patients often report a significant enhancement in their quality of life post-procedure. The aesthetic outcomes are personalised, aiming for a natural appearance that aligns with each patient’s expectations.

In the right patients, labiaplasty can offer several benefits for sexual comfort and confidence:

  • Reduced Discomfort: It alleviates physical discomfort during sexual activities, removing feelings of restriction or irritation caused by enlarged or asymmetrical labia.
  • Improved Sexual Confidence: By enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the labia, the procedure boosts self-esteem and reduces self-consciousness during intimate moments.
  • Enhanced Pleasure: The surgery preserves and sometimes enhances sexual sensation by removing excess tissue that might have caused discomfort, potentially leading to a more enjoyable sexual experience.
  • Psychological Well-being: Labiaplasty can provide significant relief from anxiety and embarrassment related to the appearance of labia, positively affecting intimate relationships and overall mental health.
  • Long-Term Satisfaction: The benefits, including comfort and self-confidence, have enduring effects, contributing to long-term sexual well-being and satisfaction.

Labia minora reduction can not only improve physical aspects but can also have a positive impact on emotional and psychological health, leading to a more fulfilling and comfortable sexual life.

Who is an ideal candidate and what is normal?

Ideal candidates for labiaplasty are women experiencing discomfort, pain, or self-consciousness due to the size or shape of their labia. Candidates should be in good general health, have realistic expectations, and seek improvement rather than perfection. A consultation with our specialists will determine your suitability for the procedure.

When it comes to the size and appearance of the labia minora, it’s important to recognise that there is no universal “normal.” Labia minoras vary significantly among individuals in terms of shape, size, colour, and texture. This diversity is entirely natural and reflects the normal variation in human anatomy. Societal, cultural, and media influences often shape perceptions of what is considered aesthetically pleasing, but in reality, these variations are a part of normal human diversity and usually do not impact health or sexual function.

For more information and resources in the UK, consider exploring the following websites:

  1. The Labia Library – An online resource showcasing a gallery of unaltered photographs of labia to demonstrate natural diversity.
  2. The Great Wall of Vagina – Artist Jamie McCartney’s project emphasises the variety in vulval appearances.
  3. NHS – Labiaplasty – Provides reliable information and advice on the procedure and what to consider

Risks and Considerations

As with any surgical procedure, labiaplasty carries risks, including:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Under or over-correction
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Scar sensitivity
  • Asymmetry

Several studies and our own experience have shown high satisfaction rates with the procedure and excellent long-term outcomes.

Further reading:

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS): BAAPS Advice on Labiaplasty

  • BAAPS provides guidance and advice on labiaplasty in the UK, discussing what the surgery entails and what patients should consider.

Aftercare and recovery

Post-procedure, patients may experience swelling and discomfort, manageable with medication. We recommend a few days of rest and avoiding strenuous activities for a few weeks. Our team provides detailed aftercare instructions and is available for support throughout your recovery. Most patients return to normal activities within 1-2 weeks.

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Frequently asked questions about labiaplasty

Why Do Women Opt for Labiaplasty Surgery?

Many women choose labiaplasty for both cosmetic and physical reasons. Cosmetic dissatisfaction, discomfort in clothing, during sports, or painful sexual intercourse are common motivators. The rise in labiaplasty surgeries reflects a growing awareness and acceptance of this cosmetic procedure.

What Is the Procedure Like?

Labiaplasty typically involves reducing the size of the labia minora to prevent protrusion beyond the labia majora or correcting asymmetry. It is a precise procedure performed under anaesthesia, focusing on enhancing both function and aesthetics.

Is Labiaplasty Considered Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

No, labiaplasty is not considered FGM. The WHO defines FGM as non-medical procedures that harm female genital organs. Labiaplasty, performed on consenting adults for cosmetic or functional reasons, does not fall under this category and has a high satisfaction rate.

Does Pornography Influence the Demand for Labiaplasty?

While exposure to media and pornography may influence perceptions of genital appearance, studies show that exposure isn’t significantly higher among those seeking labiaplasty. Increased awareness of cosmetic surgery and acceptance of such procedures play a more substantial role.

What is the Labial Pride Movement?

The labial pride movement advocates for the acceptance of natural vulva appearance, countering the trend towards genital cosmetic surgery. It emphasises the diversity of labia in shape, size, and colour, encouraging women to appreciate their natural anatomy.

What is a “Barbie” Labiaplasty?

The “Barbie” labiaplasty, developed by Dr. Alinsod, involves a more aggressive reduction or complete excision of the labia minora. It’s a specific style of labiaplasty, but at Waterfront Private Hospital, we focus on procedures that preserve the natural function and aesthetics of the labia.

Are Women Satisfied After Labiaplasty?

Yes, studies indicate high satisfaction rates among women post-labiaplasty, with improvements in body, genital, and sexual satisfaction. Complications are generally minor and manageable.

How Have Trends in Shaving and Clothing Affected Awareness of Labiaplasty?

Trends in shaving the pubic area and wearing tighter clothing like skinny jeans have made women more conscious of their labia minora, potentially leading to increased interest in labiaplasty for aesthetic and comfort reasons.

Can Labiaplasty Affect Sexual Sensation?

The goal of labiaplasty is to improve the aesthetic appearance and comfort of the labia without compromising sexual sensation. In most cases, patients report no change or improvement in sexual sensation and satisfaction post-procedure.

Will Labiaplasty Leave Scars?

Any surgical procedure can leave scars, but scarring is typically minimal in labiaplasty. Surgeons use techniques to ensure scars are as inconspicuous as possible, often hidden in the skin’s natural creases.

Can Labiaplasty Be Reversed?

Labiaplasty is a permanent procedure, and reversal is not usually feasible. It’s important to consult thoroughly with your surgeon to ensure that the expected outcomes align with your goals.

Will I be shown before and after photos?

We will show you several before and after images during your consultation. We do not publish before and after labiaplasty images on our website.

How much does labiaplasty cost in Scotland?

The cost of labiaplasty in Scotland can vary significantly, with some commercial clinics offering surgery for as little as £3000. As with any cosmetic procedure, cost should not be the sole factor and you should ensure you are choosing experienced, reputable surgeons who are on the GMC specialist register for Plastic Surgery and registered members of BAAPS or BAPRAS. The guide price for a labiaplasty in Edinburgh at our hospital is £3800 under local anaesthesia with 1 year of free aftercare.

Why Choose Waterfront Private Hospital Edinburgh?

Choosing Waterfront Private Hospital for your labiaplasty means entrusting your care to a team of renowned cosmetic surgeons backed by cutting-edge facilities. Our commitment to patient education, personalised care, and a track record of successful outcomes sets us apart. We prioritise your safety, comfort, and satisfaction, ensuring a supportive journey to achieving your aesthetic goals.

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