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Labia minora reduction

It is not uncommon for a woman to complain of functional issues with their labia minora due to discomfort/rubbing or chaffing in underwear, tight clothes, gym kit or indeed issues with physical exercise   (including sexual intercourse, yoga, cycling, horseriding and aerobics). Some girls may also feel unhappy with the appearance of the inner lips of their vagina, or labia minora. It can be embarrassing and as a result patients may seek medical advice from doctors for not only functional reasons but also aesthetic (appearance) reasons too.

As with other problem areas, any feelings of discomfort can have adverse effects on self confidence and personal relationships. In such instances, labiaplasty (labia reduction treatment / labia reduction surgery) may help, especially if the lips are asymmetrical or particularly long and large. More rarely, some girls may have poorly developed or small labia and in such cases there is also an augmentation procedure performed by surgeons.

Labia minora or inner lips that overly protrude may make a grown or teenage woman overly self-conscious about their bodies and can often cause much physical discomfort when wearing bathing suits, tight shorts or underwear, or when exercising on a bicycle where excessive rubbing may occur. Labiaplasty is an operation which best sculpts the overly long lips to a more satisfactory size. This, on average, leads to a more hygienic as well as aesthetic labia.

Mr Banwell will always reassure you that your anatomy

Mr Banwell, the Consultant Cosmetic surgeon with clinics in East Grinstead, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Haywards Heath and London 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.

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Usually seen in patients where there is elongation of the labia which causes irritation and a rash, discomfort in tight clothing, or discomfort during sexual intercourse. Of course, the operation is also indicated for patients who wish for a more sculpted vagina for aesthetic reasons only.

  • Can correct the tears or deformity that can occur as a result of childbirth.
  • Eliminate the stretching that may have occurred after childbirth or over time.
  • Reduce or even the size of the labia minora.
  • Correction of any scar contracture or distortion.
  • Reduction of the fatty excess tissue in the pubic region.
  • Create more even appearance between your right and left labia minora.

Mr Banwell recommends a general anaesthetic undertaken by a specialist anaesthetist.

You can go home the same day of surgery although some ladies prefer an overnight stay. Normal everyday light activities can be resumed the next day, and intercourse can start within 30 days. You may shower on the day after surgery. There is only minimal pain that is mostly gone by the next day and usually requires mild painkillers. Swelling is mild to moderate and peaks at two to three days then disappears rapidly over the next three weeks and you will be free of it. Minimal bruising is the usual. There are no stitches to remove (dissolvable). Most patients require 7-10 days off work. Mr Banwell always reviews possible complications, so that nothing goes wrong.

  • Surgical fees
  • Hospital fees
  • Specialist anaesthetist fee

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.

I was kept well informed and thought it was excellent to see Mr Banwell before surgery, during recovery and afterwards to hear all went well. It was something that caused me discomfort and sensitivity and now I feel much happier not only with the appearance but more importantly it is much more comfortable for me. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mr Banwell to my friends, he is truly professional yet has a nice relaxed manner which puts you at ease.

Helen S.


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