A labiaplasty surgically reshapes the external appearance of the genitalia. In women of reproductive age, the size of the labia minora can vary considerably. A woman may opt for a labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons and/or to treat functional impairment.
Some women feel self-conscious about the outward appearance of their genitalia. They view their inner labia as abnormally long, which causes them emotional distress during intimate encounters. These women undergo a labiaplasty to reduce the size of the labia.
Other women with elongated labia may choose to undergo a labiaplasty to alleviate symptoms that can arise from increased labia size. These symptoms include discomfort during sexual intercourse and/or while wearing tight-fitting clothing as well as interference with exercise and normal daily activities.