Labiaplasty or also known as vaginal rejuvenation is performed to alter the labia minora (inner labia) and the labia majora (outer labia), the folds of skin surrounding the human vulva. Reshaping the folds closest to the clitoris, to create a ‘tucked in’ appearance.

The goal of the procedure is to reduce the labia minora so that they don’t hang below the hair-bearing labia majora. A labiaplasty may be performed to reduce asymmetry when one is longer than the other, or, more commonly, to reduce the length of both labia so that the labia no longer twist, tug or fall out of a bathing suit.

There are two main types of procedures to address the labia minora: edge resection and wedge resection. Both of which are usually done under anesthesia.

Edge resection involves trimming the “excess” protruding edges of the labia, the way you’d trim your hair during a haircut, for instance.

Wedge resection maintains the original labial edges by cutting wedge-shaped slivers of skin out of the center of the labia minora, bringing the remaining skin together with dissolvable sutures.