10 Facts To Know About Labiaplasty

A quick overview of the Labiaplasty procedure


  1. Labiaplasty is the surgical correction of labia minora (small lips on the side of the genital area) or labia majora (large lips that usually cover small lips).
  2. It is not medically necessary to get labiaplasty as all shapes and types of labia minora are normal (you can check labialibrary.org.au to see all the different shapes and types) However, if you are unhappy and distressed with the shape of your genitals it is advisable to see a specialist and get advice.Some of
  3. Some reasons for performing labiaplasty include functional issues, aesthetic (such as asymmetry with one of the labia larger than the other), psychosocial, congenital anomalies and sex change surgery.
  4. Girls who are younger than 18 years will be requested to see a psychologist before they can undergo the procedure and in most cases, the procedure is delayed until they turn 18. Psychological evaluation can also be requested for women who are older than 18 years. This is to ensure that the procedure is performed for the right reasons, that expectations are met and that sound psychological support is provided.
  5. Labiaplasty procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and you will be instructed to apply a special anaesthetic cream to numb the skin over the area and take a tablet that will allow you to relax before the procedure.
  6. Labiaplasty for inner lips – This procedure focuses on reducing the size or shape of the inner lips (labia minora), as well as the removal of dark skin tone tissues. These are the cause of discomfort for many women for reasons related to physical sensation in the area, psychological reasons such as lack of self-confidence, or sexual performance if a woman dislikes the appearance her vaginal lips.
  7. Labiaplasty for outer lips – This procedure aims to reduce the size and look of the exterior vaginal lips by removing the excess fat and tightening or lifting relaxed skin there.
  8. Labiaplasty can be done in many different ways. Common types of procedure are trim or curvilinear technique (or trim technique or “barbie” labiaplasty), V- labiaplasty or central wedge resection and de-epithelization techniques.
  9. The procedure takes one to two hours and once the anaesthetic wears off, usually one hour after the operation, you can go home.
  10. Dr Novikova has performed many labiaplasties and is skilled in various techniques of the labiaplasty procedure. She has participated in workshops and meetings on aesthetic gynaecology and is certified by the European Society of Aesthetic Gynaecology. She is a pelvic surgeon and endoscopic (minimally invasive) surgeon with many years of experience in the field. Each labiaplasty is different, as no one has the same anatomy and she adjusts her technique based on the patient’s desires, concerns and anatomy. She will share before and after photographs during the consultation. Dr Novikova’s team, which includes a practice nurse, scrub nurse and herself, are always available to answer your questions and provide pre-procedure and post-procedure support to make the recovery as easy as possible.

For more information read the labiaplasty page.