For the woman this condition can be both
functionally and/or psychosocially troublesome. It can also be a source of
anxiety during sexual intercourse and a source of embarrassment. Indications for
surgical reduction are: local irritation, problems with personal hygiene,
infections, interference with sexual intercourse and discomfort during normal
day to day activities such as wearing certain clothing and participation in
exercise and sports.
To reduce the size of an
abnormally enlarged labia minora or labia majora
To relieve the physical
discomfort caused by an enlarged labia
To restore a more natural
appearance of the labia, thereby improving self image and enhancing self
Reduction/Beautification” for Enlarged Labia
Women’s labia, like breasts, noses and other bodily projections, come in
all shapes and sizes from small strands to “elephant ears”. There is a very wide
range of normality. Because it is within this range, it does not mean that an
individual is comfortable with her appearance, or that excessive size doesn’t
Medical reasons for labiaplasty/labial reduction (surgery to
reduce/modify labial size) include discomfort or irritation with tight pants,
sports, cycling or other physical activities. In many instances, women are born
with large labia; others may develop the condition with childbirth or age.
Aesthetic (beautification) reasons include self consciousness and self-esteem
issues and a desire for sculpting to achieve a better look for ones self.
normal appearance and relation of the labia.
labia minora reduction
surgery (labiaplasty) is relatively minor surgical procedure to reduce
excessively large labia .
Labiaplasty is a
procedure performed on women who dislike the large size of their
labia minora, which may cause embarrassment with a sexual partner or
discomfort in tight pants, with sports, or during sexual
intercourse. Some women are born with enlarged labia and therefore
opt to have labiaplasty; whereas others develo Reduce the size of
the abnormally enlarged labia minora.
Relieve the discomfort
caused by enlarged labia.
Restore a more natural
appearance of the labia and improve self-image and self-confidence.
Rejuvenate, and restore
labia minora can be a source of physical discomfort and
psychological trauma for many women. These women are commonly too
embarrassed to seek help to restore a normal appearance to their
genitalia. Enlargement of the labia minora can be caused by a
variety of factors, including pregnancy and childbirth, some sports
and hormonal effects.
the enlargement with age or from child-birth.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that will
reduce and/or reshape the labia minora - the skin that covers the female
clitoris and vaginal opening. In some
instances, women with large labia
can experience pain during intercourse,
or feel discomfort during everyday activities or when wearing tight-fitting
clothing . Others may feel unattractive, or wish to enhance their sexual
experiences by removing some of the skin that covers the clitoris. The
purpose of a labiaplasty is to better define the inner labia
- Many women dislike the large protuberant appearance of their
This may cause
severe embarrassment with a sexual partner. The overly large labia minora
can also result in
constant irritation in tight pants.
Surgical labial reduction can greatly improve the aesthetic appearance of the
abnormally enlarged labis. Some women are born with large labia, others may
develop this condition with childbirth or age.
Labiaplasty (Large Labia Reduction & Beautification):
Many women dislike the large protuberant appearance of their labia
minora. This may cause severe embarrassment with a sexual partner or loss of
Medical reasons for labiaplasty (labia surgery) include
the reduction of tissue from overly large or thick labia minora that can result
in constant irritation in tight pants and discomfort when engaging in sports or
other physical activities. In many of these instances, women are born with large
labia—others may develop this condition with childbirth or age. Surgery of
the labia represents a relatively safe solution to most medical reasons.
This can include even age-related enhancement for women who are older and
want a return to the youthful look they had when they were in their twenties.
Simply stated, women, like men, want to "look good". This is a
perfectly normal self-expectation. Woman today, can usually achieve this
prospect through labia reduction surgery, at a reasonable cost.
bottom line is that aesthetic surgical labial reduction & beautification can
greatly improve the aesthetic appearance of abnormally enlarged labia, and
improve a woman's self esteem .
In most women, the labia minora are seen only when the legs are separated.
However in some women, large labia minora are visible when the legs are not
apart, or are barely separated, causing embarrassment, self-consciousness, and
distancing in relationships. Enlarged labia may also be noticeable in tight
fitting pants, and can cause discomfort during intercourse, with clothes, or
with exercise. Enlarged labia are usually congenital but may be increased from
hormonal changes or childbirth. Labiaplasty is a procedure to correct this
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Gary J. Alter, MD is the
world recognized leader in Labiaplasty (also called Labia Minora Reduction,
Labia Reduction, or Labia Minora (Inner Lips) Reduction.
Alter is in the private practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery in
Beverly Hills, California, subspecializing in genital reconstruction and
specializing in labiaplasty. Doctor Gary Alter. also has a practice in
Manhattan, New York.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery,
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Board Certified Urologist
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member American Urological Association
Member, Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons
Droctor Alter’s patients come from all around the world for labiaplasty (labia
minora reduction), including Asia, Europe, South America, Canada, as well as
from throughout the United States. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Gary ALter,
MD has developed a world reputation as the “Labiaplasty Magician”.
surgery can be used to enhance appearance and self-esteem. But it can also be
used to enhance function. For some women, having enlarged inner genital lips
(labia minora) can be functionally or emotionally bothersome. Age, childbirth,
hormones, and sexual intercourse can cause enlarged labia, or it can occur
naturally. Local irritation and problems with personal hygiene can interfere
with sexual intercourse and cause discomfort during other activities like
cycling, walking or sitting. Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that
offers women a solution.
Labiaplasty surgically reshapes or reduces the
external appearance of the vagina. This is done to enhance a woman's vaginal
appearance and sexual gratification.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Labiaplasty?
There are various
reasons why women would choose to undergo labiaplasty. The more common
Reducing pain during
Gaining a boost in
and physical discomfort from having enlarged labia .
The labia area is a sensitive issue for women. Enlarged inner or
outer labia lips of the vagina may cause discomfort, embarrassment,
or adversely affect sexual intimacy .
Labioplasty (Labia Reduction) Surgery in San Francisco, California
Labioplasty, (labiaplasty), also known as labia reduction, vaginal lip
reduction, or labia rejuvenation, is a procedure to decrease the size and
improve the appearance of enlarged, hypertrophic or assymetrical labia minora.
The enlarged labia may cause some women to experience discomfort with pinching
or pulling during certain activities, or with some clothing. Sometimes
childbirth may cause the labia to become stretched and enlarged, and
reconstruction after childbirth may become necessary. Labioplasty can reduce
this discomfort and enlargement with a simple out-patient procedure to create a
smaller, thinner, more comfortable, size and shape.
Rajagopal, please call the San Francisco Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at
We perform expert labial reduction
surgery (labiaplasty, labioplasty) for women with enlarged,
hypertrophic, or asymmetrical labia minora in our clean,
comfortable, ultra-modern private OB/GYN office.
In most cases, the labia reduction surgery is virtually
after complete healing,
Some women are
uncomfortable with their enlarged labia
minora (lips), which can lead to discomfort with wearing certain
clothing, exercising, or having sex. The enlarged labia minora can have a
protuberant and abnormal appearance that can be bothersome and distressful.
We have developed and refined a special reconstructive plastic surgical
technique for labia reduction surgery to reduce uneven or large labia minora to
a sleeker, thinner, more comfortable, and more appealing size and shape.