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Labiaplasty - Pearwood Plastic Surgery - Dr. Kevin Murphy





Feeling self-conscious or experiencing physical discomfort are common issues and can be difficult to discuss, but there is a solution for those looking for peace of mind, relief and a boost to their self-confidence.

The appearance of our private areas is, of course, a private issue, but it is actually quite common for women to have complaints about the appearance of their genital region. Especially with the external areas such as the labia minora, the issue can be a sensitive one. For those who are bothered by an especially large or exaggerated labia minora, they may benefit from a labiaplasty.

Feeling self-conscious or experiencing physical discomfort are common issues and can be difficult to discuss, but there is a solution for those looking for peace of mind, relief and a boost to their self-confidence.

To learn more about this procedure, please contact Pearwood Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Murphy today!

Pearwood Plastic Surgery - Labiaplasty


Pearwood Plastic Surgery - Labiaplasty

In recent years, the labiaplasty has become very popular. Reported numbers of women choosing a labiaplasty have jumped up by nearly forty percent. An average of more than ten thousand procedures are performed yearly. A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that can address cosmetic and functional concerns of the labia minora.

Women may experience irritation during physical activity or a bulged appearance in underwear or tighter fitting pants as a result of this issue. The labiaplasty is one of many other vaginal rejuvenation procedures that are available today. This procedure is specifically aimed at addressing the shape and size of the labia minora. The surgery is effective to treat the concerns of patients at various ages, but it is generally recommended that patients be past the age of puberty to ensure that the labia is no longer changing.

The procedure entails the removal of excess tissue from the labia minora. This is the external tissue of the vagina. The inner, more sensitive labia minora is often the area where patients have the most issues. When the labia minora is overly sensitive or naturally enlarged, this is called labial hypertrophy. Labial hypertrophy symptoms are hygiene problems, irritation, pain, and discomfort. With labial hypertrophy, there may be a visible bulge in clothing that is form fitting and tight. The sensitivity of the of this area can lead to an avoidance of cleaning, especially during your period, which results in chronic infection. Enlarged labia are also more prone to irritation and discomfort due to friction on your underwear. Athletic and physically active individuals can experience irritation and even injure an enlarged labia during activities like bike riding and horseback riding.


An enlarged, disproportionate, drooping or flattened appearance of the labia minora is a common complaint. That said, patients should understand that there is no such thing as a “perfect vagina” and that vaginas come in a wide range shapes, sizes, and appearances.

More and more women are choosing the labiaplasty to solve issues of physical discomfort and achieve a more aesthetically pleasing vaginal appearance. Those who are interested in a labiaplasty should be in generally good physical condition without serious medical illness. For all cosmetic surgical procedures it is best if patients are non-smokers and avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication as these can complicate healing. Those who do smoke will be asked to quit a couple of weeks before their procedure. The labiaplasty is an effective procedure that reduces the labia minora, and it may also be combined with other vaginal rejuvenation techniques. Patients can speak with Dr. Murphy during their initial consultation to learn more.

If you are bothered by the appearance of your labia minora, then you are a candidate for a labiaplasty.


Many patients who are considering labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation have labial hypertrophy. Labia hypertrophy is the condition that describes a disproportionately large labia minora. If you have extreme labia hypertrophy, you’ve probably experienced a number of symptoms such as irritation, pain, discomfort due to pinching and rubbing during physical activity or intercourse. The causes of labial hypertrophy are varied and can occur at various stages of life. Some strong possibilities are genetics: hormones, pregnancy, and infection.

  • Genetics: some women have had elongated labias since they were born.
  • Hormones: with increases in estrogen during puberty, some women experience extreme changes and growth of their labia minora.
  • Pregnancy: childbirth and the physical changes due to pregnancy can increase blood flow and pressure to the genitalia.
  • Infection: some infections and diseases can cause trauma to the genitalia.


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