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Enlarged labia (inner lips of the vagina) can be painful or simply embarrassing.

What happens during labial reduction?

Labial reduction can be done under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation. Be sure and ask your consultant which method will be used. The procedure usually takes 1-2 hours.

Your surgeon will trim the any area that protrudes or is uneven. They will close any open areas with very fine, dissolvable stitches so as to avoid unsightly scarring.

Most women go home the day of their procedure.

Going home after labial reduction

You may experience slight pain or discomfort and swelling. Take over the counter pain medication if needed. A daily bath or shower to cleanse the area will assist the healing process.

Wear loose clothing and a panty liner in the first few days after your surgery.

Avoid any strenuous activity or exercise for about 2 weeks and vaginal intercourse for about 4 weeks.

Discuss any return to work with your consultant. You will probably be able to return to normal activities after 2-3 weeks.

Most women make a good recovery from labial reduction. As with any procedure there may be complications.
General complications may include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Reaction to anaesthetic

Specific complications may include:

  • Wounds are slow to heal
  • Scarring
  • Need to redo the procedure

Why not print this treatment page so you can discuss any concerns you have with your consultant?