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Is Labiaplasty Right for Me? Addressing Common Questions

Feeling self-conscious about the look of your labia? Or just feeling uncomfortable because of it? Don't worry! You are not alone. Many women consider labiaplasty, a surgical procedure to address concerns about the labia minora which is the inner folds of skin surrounding the vagina. But with questions about the side effects of labiaplasty, recovery time, its benefits, and of course the labiaplasty cost near you, how do you decide if it's the right decision to make? 

Is labiaplasty is a good option for me?

  • Yes, if the labia minora portrudes beyond the edges of the labia majora that causes discomfort during exercise, pgysical activities, and intercourse.
  • Yes, if you want to improve hygiene by making cleansin easier and reducing the risk of UTIs.
  • Yes, if you want to improve the appearance of your genitals by reducing asymmentry or unevenness.
  • Yes, if you want a gender-affirming surgery.

Take note: Labiaplasty should only be considered after a consultation with a qualified doctor.

What other advantages can Labiaplasty offer, aside from aesthetics?

While aesthetics are the common reason for considering labiaplasty, there are several benefits of labiaplasty other than that.

Increased Performance in Athletics

Enlarged labia can cause chafing, irritation, and discomfort during exercise. Labiaplasty can reduce these issues, allowing for smoother movement and potentially improved athletic performance.

General Comfort

Discomfort from large or uneven labia can be a daily occurrence. Labiaplasty can alleviate this discomfort, allowing you to participate in activities and wear clothing without irritation.


Maintaining proper hygiene can be challenging with enlarged labia. Labiaplasty can simplify the process, potentially reducing the risk of recurrent infections like UTIs.

Sexual Confidence

Feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your labia can negatively impact your sexual confidence. Labiaplasty can address these concerns and potentially lead to a more fulfilling sexual life.

Increased Sexual Pleasure

Large labia can sometimes interfere with sexual stimulation. Labiaplasty can improve access to erogenous zones and potentially enhance sexual pleasure for some women.

Comfort in Fitted Clothing

Tight clothing can cause irritation with enlarged labia. Labiaplasty can allow you to wear fitted clothing comfortably, boosting your confidence and wardrobe options.

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What are the potential risks and complications involved with labiaplasty?

Risks of Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty carries certain risks like all other surgical procedures. These may include:

Bleeding and Swelling

While uncommon, there's a small chance of significant bleeding during or after surgery. This could lead to increased swelling, requiring close monitoring by your doctor.


Even with strict sterilization techniques, any surgery carries a slight risk of infection.

Anesthesia Reaction

Anesthesia reactions are possible, though uncommon.

Potential Complications of Labiaplasty

In addition to the immediate risks, some patients may experience complications after the procedure, such as:


Dr. Janna uses advanced techniques to minimize scarring, but some scar formation is a natural part of healing after a labiaplasty. Following proper scar care instructions will optimize healing and minimize scar visibility.

Sensation Changes

Temporary changes in sensation, like heightened sensitivity or numbness, can occur after a labiaplasty procedure. These typically improve over time as healing progresses.


While achieving perfect symmetry is the goal, slight variations in healing between the labia can sometimes lead to minor asymmetry.


Infection is a potential complication after any surgery. Dr. Janna will provide detailed aftercare instructions, including proper incision care, to minimize this risk.

How much does a labiaplasty procedure typically cost in Singapore?

The cost of a labiaplasty in Singapore can vary depending on several factors, including:

  • Surgeon’s experience and reputation
  • Type of anesthesia used
  • Facility fees
  • Complexity of the procedure

Will my insurance plan cover the cost of a labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is generally considered an elective surgery, meaning it's not deemed medically necessary.  Therefore, insurance coverage for labiaplasty is unlikely. However, there are a few scenarios where coverage might be a possibility:

  • Medically Necessary Reasons
  • Gender-Affirming Surgery

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How long will it take to recover from a labiaplasty procedure?

The recovery time after a Labiaplasty can vary between different individuals. Typically, a person recover enough to go back to work and usual activities within 2 weeks of the surgery. BUT! Should not resume sexual activities for atleast 6 weeks after the labiaplasty procedure.

Here’s an idea of what to expect after getting a labiaplasty done:

1-2 Weeks after Labiaplasty

This initial phase involves some swelling, soreness, and mild discomfort. You’ll likely be prescribed pain medication and will be advised to rest and avoid strenuous activities.

4-6 Weeks after Labiaplasty

By this time, most of the swelling should subside already. And you can start doing your usual daily activities but having a sexual intercourse is not advised as you need time for it to properly heal.

3-6 Months after Labiaplasty

There still may be swelling as it will take several months for it to completely disappear but the final result of the labiaplasty will be evident at this point. Give it more time to heal.

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1.Why would someone get a labiaplasty?

Women consider labiaplasty for discomfort (exercise, hygiene), appearance concerns, or to boost self-confidence.

2. What qualifies you for a labiaplasty?

A good candidate is healthy and bothered by labia function or appearance. A doctor will consult to determine suitability.

3. Is labiaplasty good or bad for you?

Labiaplasty can improve comfort and confidence, but there are risks like scarring. Discuss pros and cons with a doctor to decide if it's right for you.

4. Are you tighter after labiaplasty?

No, it reshapes the outer folds (labia minora) and doesn't tighten the vaginal opening.

5. What are the downsides of labiaplasty?

Potential downsides include scarring, temporary loss of sensation, or not liking the results. There's also recovery time with some discomfort.

6. What are the disadvantages of labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty carries some drawbacks like potential scarring, temporary numbness, or not liking the final look. There's also recovery time with discomfort and activity limitations.

7. How do men feel about labiaplasty?

Potential downsides include scarring, temporary loss of sensation, or not liking the results. There's also recovery time with some discomfort.

8. Does labiaplasty smell?

No, the procedure itself shouldn't cause any unusual odor. Good hygiene is important after surgery to prevent infection, which can cause odor.

9. Why is labiaplasty so painful?

Labiaplasty is usually done with local anesthesia and sedation, minimizing pain during surgery. There may be some discomfort afterward, but medication can help manage it.

10. Are you awake during labiaplasty?

Yes, in most cases you'll be awake but relaxed with sedation during the procedure. This allows you to communicate with the doctor if needed.

11. Can I poop after labiaplasty?

Yes, but straining can be uncomfortable initially. Your doctor might recommend stool softeners to help.

12. How soon can you walk after labiaplasty?

You can walk shortly after surgery, but strenuous activity should be avoided during recovery.

13. Should you shave before labiaplasty?

Your doctor will give specific instructions. Typically, trimming the pubic hair in the area is recommended for hygiene purposes.

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