The prevalence of labiaplasties is on the rise. The procedure, which reshapes and often reduces the size of the inner vulva lips, can markedly improve a woman’s day-to-day comfort level. But just like any cosmetic surgery, it won’t make all of your problems go away. Read on to determine if a labiaplasty is right for you.

The procedure

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure in which the labia minora (the inner lips of the vulva) are reshaped. In most cases, they are reduced in size by trimming away excess tissue so they sit inside the labia majora (the outer lips of the vulva). They also may be manipulated to appear more symmetrical.

Labiaplasty is performed under local or general anesthesia. This surgery is a big commitment. Healing can take up to four to six weeks, and women need to be aware of the limitations