What Is Labia Minora Reduction?

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Posted: December 10, 2019

Advances in plastic surgery have made it possible for patients to correct and enhance even the most intimate areas of the body. This has resulted in growing popularity among women for cosmetic procedures of the genital area, such as labiaplasty.

At Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery, our surgeons have extensive experience with vaginal rejuvenation procedures. We recognize that this is a very personal matter, and we handle discussions of labia surgery with the utmost discretion.

What Is the Labia Minora?

young woman in underwear happy with the appearance of her genitaliaThe labia are the folds on the exterior of the vulva that protect the entrance to the vagina. The larger outer folds (commonly called "lips") are the labia majora, while the smaller inner folds are the labia minora.

As with any other area of your body, the appearance of your genitals is determined by a host of factors, including your genetics, development, age, and more. There is no "standard" for the way anyone's private parts should look. So, the decision to pursue surgical revision of the labia minora and/or other areas of your genitalia should be guided by considerations such as:

  • Your physical comfort in everyday clothes and doing everyday activities
  • How you feel during activities like sexual intercourse
  • Your confidence in intimate situations, when wearing a bathing suit, etc.

It is important not to allow societal expectations or an intimate partner's opinion pressure you into a particular procedure. When you visit Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery, we treat you as the individual you are and provide personalized recommendations concerning labia minora reduction.

Is Labiaplasty Right for Me?

Reduction of the labia minora involves removing excess tissue to address functional and aesthetic concerns. Depending on the extent of the procedure, your labiaplasty may be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia and pain medication taken by mouth.

There are a number of reasons women may consider labiaplasty to correct the inner lips, including:

  • Physical discomfort when exercising or performing other daily tasks
  • Uncomfortable friction when wearing workout clothes, swimwear, and lingerie
  • Pain during sex
  • Self-consciousness or embarrassment about appearance

Some surgeons refer to labiaplasty specifically as a procedure of the labia minora, while others refer to labiaplasty generally as a procedure performed on both the inner and outer lips. For example, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has a page on labia majoraplasty – while the page on labiaplasty solely discusses the labia minora.

The key when considering any plastic surgery procedure is not so much the name as it is what's best for you. Our plastic surgeons will discuss your goals if you're thinking about labiaplasty, and determine whether the procedure should include the labia minora, labia majora, or both.

Contact Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery for Your Confidential Consultation

When you visit Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery, your privacy and comfort are our top priorities. Our plastic surgeons will discuss your full range of options for vaginal rejuvenation, including labia minora reduction. Every member of our team will treat you with the utmost courtesy and professionalism each time you come to our office, from your initial consultation to the day of your procedure.

Please call (303) 320-5566 today to schedule your initial consultation at Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery. Our plastic surgeons serve patients throughout the Denver area, Littleton and other nearby communities, and all of Colorado.