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Best Labiaplasty Surgeon UK


Consultant Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Paul Banwell FRCS(Plast) can safely be counted as one of the best labiaplasty surgeons in the UK. Indeed, a claim of being one of the best all-round plastic surgeons can also be made with his interests in cosmetic breast surgery, mummy makeovers and liposuction as well.

This is firmly evidenced in his abiding commitment to cosmetic-surgery excellence, exceptional training, research & development, and the X-factor that makes everything else work well in harmony: an unswerving commitment to patient well-being and a passion for plastic surgery’s role in improving well-being.

If you would like to consult and talk to one of the UK’s leading labiaplasty surgeons who can help you feel more confident in yourself, please do contact us today on 01342 330302 or email

We believe you are worth the best so please do not settle for something else.

We would be delighted to arrange Online consultations with Mr Banwell as well as face to face, in-person consultations.

Please also visit our main labiaplasty treatment page and download our labiaplasty factsheet

Table of Contents

      1. What is a labiaplasty?
      2. Reasons For Labiaplasty Surgery
      3. Functional Reasons
      4. Aesthetic Reasons
      5. The Surgery
      6. Preparation
      7. Suitability
      8. Labiaplasty Recovery
      9. Return to Work
      10. Risks
      11. Labiaplasty Cost
      12. Labiaplasty Surgeon, Mr Banwell

    Paul Banwell labiaplasty

    What is a Labiaplasty?

    A labiaplasty is an excellent cosmetic surgical procedure that reduces or/and reshapes the size of the labia minora – the small inner lips of the vagina (vulva). It is sometimes erroneously confused with a vaginoplasty – which is an internal vaginal tightening procedure – or with other (non-surgical) vaginal rejuvenation procedures

    What Are the Reasons for Having Labiaplasty Surgery?

    Your feelings about your body are unique and fully known only to you. But there are some salient reasons women seek a labiaplasty. In detailing these, we are addressing common concerns that lead people to ask for labiaplasty treatment. The list is not exhaustive. If it doesn’t cover YOUR particular reason for wanting surgery, then please do not worry. It doesn’t make your concern less valid. We simply ask you to talk to Mr Banwell about how he can help you.

    Broadly, two concerns are commonly conveyed from prospective patients. How the labia feels, what’s called ‘functional’ reasons for seeking labial reduction, and how it looks – aesthetic (appearance) reasons.

    Functional Concerns About the Labia

    Many women have enlarged labia: this can be genetic or a by-product of life changes such as childbirth and ageing. If it is a functional problem for you, there may be discomfort such as chafing and rubbing when clad in tight-fitting clothes like underwear, gym wear, swimwear, yoga pants and so on. There can also be irritation and rashes if the inner lips are especially elongated and disproportionately large. Long labia may also cause discomfort when exercising of any kind or during sexual intercourse. Naturally, this discomfort causes consideration of labiaplasty as a suitable treatment. Something, of course, that is best determined talking to someone like Mr Banwell.

    Aesthetic Concerns About the Labia

    It’s perhaps a cliche but no two genitalia, female or male, look alike. They come in all shapes and sizes. Mr Banwell was the first plastic surgeon in the world to describe the anatomical variations that exist. And some women may not like the look of their labia if the inner folds of skin in the labia – the labia minora – are asymmetrical or extremely long. This can sometimes be more distressing than physical discomfort because when we are profoundly unhappy with any part of our anatomy we can obsess about it to a degree that causes low self-esteem or interferes with enjoyment of everyday pursuits. When self-confidence is impacted and self-consciousness has set it, labiaplasty surgery may be the solution. Some women may alternatively want a sculpted vagina due to preferential aesthetics, the so-called designer vagina that is talked about rather incessantly in tabloids. Again, suitability for labial reduction procedures is best determined by talking to your prospective plastic surgeon, Mr Banwell.

    What Happens During a Labiaplasty Procedure?

    Paul Banwell labia majora reductionThe labiaplasty is usually carried out under general anaesthetic – Mr Banwell’s recommendation – that is administered by a qualified anaesthetist but the operation can also be performed under local anaesthetic with sedation. The labia can then be reshaped or reduced in line with agreed surgical objectives. This varies with each person’s goal so it may be eliminating stretching caused by childbirth or creating a more even appearance between the left and right labia minora.

    How Do You Prepare for Labiaplasty Surgery?

    Please make sure you maintain a good diet and hydrate in the week before surgery and try to avoid high levels of alcohol. It is vital you stop smoking 4 week prior to surgery. Oral nutritional supplements may also be useful (Mr Banwell can recommend)

    Are You Suitable?

    Suitability for labial surgery is determined at your consultation with Mr Banwell. He possesses the expertise and experience to accurately assess whether a prospective patient will benefit from this procedure

    How Long is Recovery from a Labiaplasty?

    • Can return home the same day of the operation, although overnight stay is possible depending on the hospital location
    • Little downtime as light activities can be undertaken after 48 hours
    • Minimal pain treated by mild painkillers
    • Can shower 72 hours surgery
    • Swelling peaks with 2-3 days and rapid recedes in following weeks
    • Sexual intercourse possible within 6 weeks
    • Minimal bruising
    • Dissolvable stitches

    How Much Time is Needed Off Work After Surgery?

    Generally 7-10 days is sufficient for post-op patients

    Are There Risks with a Labiaplasty?

    The patient satisfaction with labiaplasty surgery is extremely high. However, risks and complications apply to all forms of cosmetic surgery and labiaplasty is no different. Mr Banwell will discuss these in detail at the time of your consultations. There are downloadable information sheets too on our website. However, the main (albeit minor) risks include bleeding, return to theatre, infection, dehiscence and delayed wound healing as well as alteration in sensation.

    How Much Does a Labiaplasty Cost UK?

    The labiaplasty cost price is from £3680. The cost will includes surgical fees, hospital fees and specialist anaesthetist fee

    About Mr Banwell

    Mr Banwell is not only one of the UK’s best labiaplasty surgeons, but one of the best cosmetic surgeons, period. He has a special interest in labiaplasty surgery

    He has clinics in East Grinstead, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Haywards Heath and London. Mr Banwell has a specialist interest in labiaplasty surgery, labia reduction, labial reduction and female genital surgery. He has been a BAAPS spokesperson on this subject and is currently conducting research where the safety, psychology and techniques of labiaplasty surgery are the focus. For further information please do contact his office and you will receive confidential, supportive and discreet help from his staff. Please phone 01342 330302.

The consultation was conducted quickly, professionally but Mr Banwell also made me feel as if any question I may have wouldn’t not be too small or insignificant for him to take the time to answer. He left me feeling fully informed with both the pros and cons of any form of elective surgery but also that my worries were normal and that he would be able to assist me with my desired outcomes. His team were caring and professional making me feel that they were actually interested and were able to accommodate my dates when making the initial consultation booking. Prompt returning of calls, flexibility in booking of appointments friendliness, informative, caring and professional from the initial telephone call, the surgery, follow up appointments right through to my final appointment made me feel that my care, personal views and worries were important to them at all times. You can trust him to always be honest with you about the possible problems and outcomes. Overall experience with Mr Banwell and his team? Amazing! I just wish I’d not waited so many years to have this procedure done; I have my life back and it’s amazing to be able to walk into any shop and buy clothes that fit in my actual size and not 5 dress sizes larger just to fit my bust in. With the Upper Blepharoplasty everyone in my family says that I now look so much brighter and not tired, others I meet just tell me I look really great and ask if I’ve just had a holiday. Mr Banwell Thank You for all that you did for me.

Anne G.

Dear Mr Banwell I am writing to thank you, Kim and the rest of the lovely staff at the McIndoe. I was very nervous when I first met you, about having surgery but realised that it was a necessary evil. I need not have been worried, as from our initial consultation to surgery to full recovery, you have all been amazing.  You have changed my life – for the first time ever I have had some photos taken of me and my children. I stand taller and feel so much happier with life. I have even started my own business. I never realised that it would have had such a profound effect – and it didn’t hurt!! Thank you again.  I wish you and your team lots of health, luck and happiness.

Pamela C.

Mr Banwell explained the details of my procedures in a professional and sensitive manner. He took the time to put me at ease and answer all my questions in a way that I could understand. Each step of my treatment from the initial consultation through to its conclusion was supported by professional who with their support enables me to have an extremely smooth journey through my procedures. For the first time in my adult life I am happy in my own skin. I would recommend Mr Banwell to anyone who has been thinking of cosmetic surgery in a heartbeat. Through his skill and understanding of the female body, he carries out his profession with the utmost care and consideration.

Susan G.

Mr Banwell explained to me exactly what he was going to do and made me feel at ease. The team were all friendly and made me feel very comfortable in the hospital. The scar on my forehead healed very quickly and I have full movement and feeling of my eyebrow. I would recommend Mr Banwell and his team because of the high standard of professional and personal care given to me.

Diane P.

I was referred to Mr Paul Banwell in February 2010 when I was diagnosed with an advanced melanoma in the lymph nodes in my left groin.  At my consultation he explained in layman’s terms my diagnosis and all details regarding the operation I needed.  Mr Banwell operated on 27th February 2010. The operation was a complete success – he has removed all the cancer as subsequent scans have proven.  I then spent seven days recuperating in the McIndoe Surgical Centre in East Grinstead under Mr Banwell’s and his specialised teams care. They were all wonderful. Mr Banwell was at my bedside every morning to check my progress. His kindness and caring knew no bounds. He made all my fears and anxieties groundless and replaced them with optimism for a great feature and my aftercare was first class.  I would recommend this highly professional, dedicated, humane family man to all who need any medical intervention. He is the best. How do you thank a man who gives you your life back? There are no adequate words.

Pauline W.

It is hard for me to find the right words to thank you enough for everything you have done for me.


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