The texture of the labia can be affected by everything from pregnancy and weight fluctuations to the natural aging process. Beyond the aesthetic issues that can develop, sagging labia lips may cause chafing and irritation, inhibit proper sexual function, and negatively impact one’s self-esteem. 

Thankfully, patients can now rely on labiaplasty as a means of remediating these issues. The procedure is designed to reverse the negative effects of sagging labia lips, allowing women to get back to the things they love in life. 

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What is Labiaplasty?

There are various reasons that lead women to seek out a labiaplasty procedure. Some have excessively large labia lips which make it difficult for them to engage in exercise or sexual activity. Other issues include painful irritation and chafing as well as limited clothing options. Labiaplasty procedures can improve all of these conditions. 

What issues require treatment with Labiaplasty?

Labia minora hypertrophy, a condition that is typically linked to factors such as genetics, the aging process, changes in weight, or childbirth, is often at the root of these issues. It is defined as excessive sagging of the inner labia lips below the outer labia lips. The condition ultimately limits a patient’s mobility during sex and exercise, impacting their quality of life. That said, some patients will seek out the treatment purely for cosmetic reasons. 

Labiaplasty can:

  • Decrease the size of overly large labia
  • Correct asymmetry in the labia
  • Give patients a boost in self confidence
  • Combat changes in the labia that result from aging, pregnancy, and weight loss
  • Reduce discomfort and irritation
  • Help patients get back to sports and sexual activity
  • Give patients increased sexual pleasure
  • Rejuvenate the vagina’s appearance 

How is the procedure performed?


As with any surgical procedure, the treatment process begins with a consultation. During this meeting, the patient’s medical history and current condition will be assessed to help curate a treatment plan. The patient will also have the opportunity to bring up any questions or concerns they may have. All of their cosmetic goals are taken into account and incorporated into the planning of the procedure. 


Labiaplasty can be performed either under general or local anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference. Patients will receive more information regarding these options during the private consultation. 

Trim Technique

Excess tissue is removed from the labia, and the remaining skin is sutured along the crease of the labia. Darker areas of the labia are extracted, leaving the vagina with a refreshed aesthetic. 

Wedge Technique

With this method, a triangle-shaped wedge of skin is removed from both sides of the labia and the incisions are then sutured shut. The size of the lips is greatly reduced, while the labia’s natural edges are kept intact. Darker portions of the labia are kept in place. 

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Who is an ideal candidate for Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a great option for patients who:

  • Are in good physical and mental health
  • Are non-smokers or are able to quit before the procedure
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the treatment
  • Are experiencing any form of discomfort or irritation due to overly large labia
  • Are displeased with the appearance of their labia
  • Have gone through life events such as childbirth or changes in weight and have experienced changes in their body as a result 

Labiaplasty Recovery 

After undergoing a Labiaplasty procedure, it is normal for patients to experience a good amount of soreness. However, this effect can be easily treated with over-the-counter pain medications. While mild swelling and bruising may occur, they will dissipate over the course of a few weeks. Patients should take at least one week off from work and refrain from having sex or doing vigorous exercise for at least 4-6 weeks.

Labiaplasty Results

While it is true that swelling may last for up to six months, patients usually start to see their results by the six-week mark. One of the positive aspects of labiaplasty is that the incisions are made within the folds of the labia, meaning that any scarring will be invisible. Beyond the aesthetic and functional benefits of this procedure, patients also enjoy increased self-confidence, increased happiness in being able to exercise without discomfort, and increased sexual pleasure. 

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Why choose Austin Cosmetic Surgery?

A medspa’s results are only as good as the surgeons who provide them. At Austin Cosmetic Surgery, we choose our staff based on their expertise, credentials, and their demonstrated commitment to cosmetic excellence. Our team is highly revered for providing both an amazing patient experience and fantastic outcomes. 

For over 20 years, Dr. Michelle Cabret has worked tirelessly to ensure that she provides only the most innovative and effective treatments available. She utilizes her expertise at Austin Cosmetic Surgery, where patients come to receive only the best in care. Dr. Cabret’s years of experience and training give her an elevated level of instinct when it comes to assessing a patient’s issues and curating a treatment plan for them. 

Since we began, Austin Cosmetic surgery has provided care to thousands of patients in the greater Austin area. Our dedication to remarkable results is what keeps patients coming back, allowing us to develop lifelong relationships with them.    

Above all, we work hard to ensure that our patients feel comfortable throughout the treatment process. We listen attentively to all of their concerns and questions and provide them with all the information that is relevant to their treatment. We understand that undergoing surgery is a big event, and we strive to make sure that our patients feel at ease from start to finish. 

Call us today to set up a private consultation and learn more information about our Labiaplasty procedure. 

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