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Labiaplasty, or labial reduction, is a surgical treatment which can reduce the size of the labia, and also change its shape. It’s a popular procedure which we have offered at Transform for many years, and our senior Consultant Gynaecologist has over 20 years’ experience in this field. Most of our patients have labial surgery for pain, chafing or discomfort with clothing.
Patients have told us that their labia has changed and become larger after childbirth. These women have also explained that large, uncomfortable, or even painful labia can leave them feeling self-conscious. Labial reduction surgery will reduce discomfort that’s caused by large labia.
Whilst this may feel like a sensitive topic and you may feel shy when speaking about it, you can rest assured you’re in the best hands. Because of their experience and expertise, the Transform team of gynaecologists, nurses and surgical assistants will not only take care of you, but also respect your privacy.
By having labial reduction, or labiaplasty, the labia and prominence of your genitals can be surgically reduced. The procedures can improve asymmetry in the appearance of the labia.
By changing the shape or size of your labia, this type of surgery can potentially help you become more confident and, in particular, make sporting activities and wearing tighter clothing more comfortable. Our Consultant Gynaecologists will sometimes advise that you may also benefit from counselling related to your treatment.
As with every surgical procedure, it’s important that you’re aware of any potential risks that a labiaplasty may pose, however small, so that you can weigh these up against the benefits that surgery can bring.
Our Consultant Gynaecologist will carry out an initial, virtual consultation at a time which is convenient for you. At your face to face consultation this doctor will discuss the treatments available, as well as the risks of surgery. As a guide, these could include pain, bleeding, infections, scarring of tissue, wound breakdown and potential revision surgery.
Most women who choose this surgery will have been experiencing vulval pain due to the size of their labia. It’s important to remember that there is no’ normal’ standard shape or size for labia.
However, medical research has supported that surgery benefits women who have labia greater than 4cm.
To qualify for this type of surgery, we’d recommend that you are 18 or older, relatively fit and healthy, have a healthy BMI and have no serious health conditions.
As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically around your own unique needs. Because of this, the labiaplasty cost can vary, depending on the area/s you’re having treated.
We place a great deal of importance on our free face to face, no obligation consultations, during which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeon assistant. They’ll provide a detailed overview of the labiaplasty cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about these.
And if you join our Membership programme, Transform Me, you’ll have access to exclusive discounts and offers relating to your treatments with us.
Behind the scenes care to help you take centre stageMore FAQs
Behind the scenes care to help you take centre stage
Your first appointment
The first step is to speak to your female surgeon assistant over the phone. You’ll be able to talk to them in confidence about why you’re considering labia reduction surgery, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you’ll probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery if you decide to go ahead. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your consultation with one of our specialist surgeons.
Your surgical consultation
At your initial consultation, our Consultant Gynaecologist will ask you about the results you want to achieve from surgery, and advise you as to the type of procedures which are available. You can discuss every aspect of your labia reduction without embarrassment, and talk about any worries you might have, such as the effects on genital sensitivity, future childbirth and the benefits and risks, with no obligation to go ahead. This surgical consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic.
Our Gynaecologists are extremely knowledgeable about labiaplasty, and happy to answer any questions you have. If you feel ready to go ahead and book your surgery, they’ll then refer you to a clinic nurse who’ll perform some pre-op tests and procedures.
A labiaplasty is normally performed under a general anaesthetic and you should be able to go home on the same day. On the day of your surgery, you’ll have another opportunity to talk with our Consultant Gynaecologist where you’ll have a chance to ask any further questions.
Labia reduction surgery takes approximately 1 hour. The sutures used are very fine and are designed to loosen after 2 weeks. This helps reduce scarring. You will often be given an ice pack to help with any pain.
We’ll be here throughout the recovery process to help you recuperate quickly and safely. While we look after you during your hospital stay, we’ll ensure you have comfort and privacy at all times. Your doctor will check that you’re properly recovered from the operation before discharging you.
At this stage, you may feel sore from your operation, but most patients have minimal pain. You won’t be able to drive, so you’ll need to make sure that you have someone who can take you home. Before you leave hospital, we’ll give you our 24/7 patient helpline number, in case you feel that you need to speak to a member of our clinical team at any time.
We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself, so we’re here to support you after your procedure too. You’ll need to give your body plenty of time to heal and we’ll give you detailed guidance on the best way to do this. For example, we’d recommend that you follow the advice on the information sheet: rest for 4 days, no baths for a month, and the application of antibiotic ointment.
After surgery you may be sore, and the labia will be swollen for 2 weeks. Any pain can be managed by normal paracetamol. You can also try lying with your bottom elevated and placing an ice pack over your underwear for ‘20 minutes on, 20 minutes off’ increments.
We recommend taking a week off work to make a full recovery, and after two to three weeks you will begin to see the results of your labia reduction. The incisions will heal and fade.
You’ll have regular post-op checks, to ensure everything is healing properly, and your surgeon will advise when you’re able to resume sexual activity. If you have any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. In addition, all Transform patients have access to our two year aftercare programme as standard, and you’ll also be given the option to extend your aftercare cover for a period of up to three years.