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Recognized as one of the top labiaplasty surgeons in Toronto, Dr. Jugenburg removes excess tissue from the labia to reduces the labia either for hygienic, comfort or cosmetic reasons.

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Toronto Labia Reduction ( Labiaplasty)

Many women have an enlarged labia minora (inner labia) that protrude beneath their labia majora (outer labia). They have no idea that this common condition can be dramatically improved with a relatively simple procedure - a Labiaplasty. Labiaplasty is one of the most googled cosmetic surgery procedures and has received a lot of attention in the media, such as a recent article in the National Post

Because talking to your friends about your labia is not as easy as about other body concerns, many women don't share their concerns with their friends and instead suffer silently. Many of the women who come in to see us have been very self-conscious for years and had nobody to talk to. In some cases, women are so self-conscious of their labia that they avoid romantic relationships, or never let their partners see their labia.

While most patients we see come to us because of a cosmetic concern regarding the appearance and size of their labia, others are concerned by the discomfort large labia create. Pain, pressure, and shear during routine physical activities make them seek out a labiaplasty.

Labia reduction surgery trims excess labial skin (labia minora) in women who are unhappy with the appearance of their labia. Most seek labial beautification surgery or labia reduction as a solution to the unattractive appearance of long, thick and hanging labia. In some cases women ask for labia reduction because their unusually large labia create discomfort during sex or physical activities, or even when wearing certain types of clothing.

Reasons to Consider Labiaplasty (Labia Reduction)

When it comes to labiaplasty (labia reduction surgery), some women have it for purely cosmetic reasons while others have functional issues. Women may elect labiaplasty when large or uneven labia minora are causing problems with:
  • concerns with appearance due to size, discoloration, or length
  • concerns with intercourse (pain/pulling/discomfort/irritation)
  • concerns during physical activities (pain/pulling/discomfort/irritation)
  • being unable to wear certain clothes/lingerie/bikinis
  • hygiene or odor issues
  • multi-directional urine stream
  • other labia issues
You do NOT have to go on feeling this way.
We understand your concerns and our highly competent, compassionate and helpful staff at the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute is here to help.

Labia Reduction Pictures

Unlike for other procedures, we do not post labia pictures on our website because of the graphic content. However, at the time of consultation you will be able to look at our full gallery of pictures to better understand what labia reduction surgery entails and what outcomes you can expect. Dr. Jugenburg is one of the top rated labiaplasty specialists and he will show you many before and after pictures of his work at the time of your consultation.

What is a 'Normal' Labia?

During childhood labia minora does not extend past labia majora. But as Labia Minora age, they enlarge and can hang outside of the outer labia. Gravity, sex, and childbirth all contribute to labia stretching which can then cause embarrassment and discomfort.

What is the goal of a Labiaplasty?

A ‘youthful’ appearance, when labia minora not outwardly visible when standing, is the goal of a labiaplasty. A study recently published on the 'normal' anatomy of the labia found that patients happy with their labia had labia that was 1.5 wide, while patients requesting labia reduction surgery had labia that was on average 3.5cm wide

Labia Reduction Procedure

There are different ways of performing labia reduction. A simple procedure is Labia Trim of any excessively protruding labia. Another way to achieve labia reduction is remove a wedge of tissue. This technique, however, can cause constriction of the vaginal opening ( introitus ) and it's ability to reduce labia lips is limited. These labia reduction surgeries can be done under sedation or general anesthesia ( asleep ).

Labial Reduction Surgery Recovery

After Labiaplasty surgery you will have bruising, swelling, and minor discomfort in the groin area. Swelling and bruising will be most noticeable after the first day and will slowly subside over a period of 2 to 3 weeks. Some spotting after labia reduction is normal and should stop after a few days. You should avoid sexual intercourse for 6 weeks to avoid injuring your healing wounds. You should wash your wounds with soap and water three times a day for the next week. Your labia stitches will be disolvable, so do not need to have them removed.

Labia Reduction and Sex

Will labiaplasty ( labia reduction surgery ) have an impact on sex? If you have very large labia minora which cause you a great deal of discomfot during sexual intercourse, then labia reduction surgery will likely help. However labia reduction surgery alone is not a recipe for great sex.

Labia Reduction Benefits

Labial reduction surgery reduces the protrusion of the labial lips ( labia minora ). If protruding labial lips/skin make you feel embarrased, interfere with physical activities or sexual intercourse, you may benefit from this procedure. Labia are reshaped, shortened, made thinner or asymmetry is corrected. Therefore, the procedure can also be referred to as labial beautification

How do I prepare for a Labiaplasty ( Labia Reduction) Surgery?

Before undergoing labia reduction surgery, you should consider what it is exactly that you are hoping for. Do you want minimal labial reduction where only a small portion is trimmed? Do you want a more significant labia reduction that leaves very minimal labia minora behind? Do you want reshaping of an unusually shaped labia without actually reducing the labia? You also need to take into consideration the size and shape of your outer labia ( labia majora ) as well as the clitoris and clitoral hood. Some women have a very prominent clitoris. In these situations it is impossible to reduce the size of the clitoris, therefore additional procedures may be necessary to reposition the clitoris, otherwise labia reduction will leave behind a disproportionately prominent clitoris. Additionally, the clitoral hood should not be trimmed, otherwise it may result in a significant discomfort which will be difficult to correct.

Another question that you need to ask yourself is whether or not you really wish to have labia reduction surgery. Once the labia is reduced, it is very difficult to recreate it.
Labia size may increase over time due to aging, sexual activity, or childbirth. It should not be considered an indicator of any illness or disease. It is simply a cosmetic problem.
Labia reduction surgery is a surgical procedure, cuts will be made, and scars will be created. These scars, however, will be place in such a way as to hide them. Additionally, over time, scars will fade away (but never completely). Scarring is rarely an issue once the wounds are properly healed. To avoid any scar abnormalities, it is very important that you follow post-operative instructions after your labia reduction surgery.

What risks are associated with a Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure. Like all surgical procedures, there are general risks. Please read our information page on potential Labiaplasty risks. With regards to labial reduction, there are special considerations that need to be taken into account. These include bleeding, infection, and breaking of the stitches which may lead to the opening of your wounds.
Labiaplasty is a very routine procedure which we perform, and complications are very rare. Should anything unexpected happen, our staff is always available to assist you and Dr. Jugenburg will ensure that you heal well without any long term side effects.
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