A labiaplasty is a procedure designed to help women deal with the embarrassment and discomfort of having large or uneven labia minora (inner labia). Some women are bothered by the feel or appearance of their labia minora protruding or hanging beyond the labia majora (outer vaginal lips). This is an issue that is often the source of much anxiety and embarrassment for women. For many women, large and uneven labia cause pain and discomfort when engaging in sexual intercourse, riding a bicycle, running, or even walking. If you are concerned about the size, shape or unevenness of your labia, Dr. Dawes can advise you of your options for labial reduction and labial rejuvenation.

If you are concerned about any of the following then you may be an excellent candidate for labial reduction and rejuvenation:

  • Large labia
  • Uneven labia
  • Labial pain or discomfort during intercourse
  • Labial pain or discomfort while performing activities

Women may become more bothered by their labia after childbirth or with age, since there can be some stretching out of the tissues as a result of these events. If you are uncomfortable with the look of your labia or you are experiencing irritation and discomfort as a result of certain types of clothing or activities, labiaplasty may be the right choice for you.


While recovery from labiaplasty is usually straightforward, you will still need to take it easy at first. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise for 1-2 weeks. Sexual activity can usually resume after about 4-6 weeks after your surgery. There will be some swelling present for a few days to weeks after your labiaplasty. Dr. Dawes will see you regularly after your surgery to ensure that you are healing well and progressing well.

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“My role, in part, is to assist patients through the process of determining which surgical or non-surgical options would help them meet their aesthetic goals and realistic expectations”

Jeffrey C. Dawes MD, FRSC


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