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Labiaplasty at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre

Length of Surgery

1-2 Hours


Short and


Price Range

$4,000-5,000 Plus HST

Summary of Surgery:

Labiaplasty surgery is a cosmetic procedure for women who are seeking change the look of their outer genitalia.  A labiaplasty sculpts and reduces the size of a woman's labia, helping women feel more comfortable with themselves and their partners.

Alternative names:

Labia Reduction Surgery

Type of Anesthesia:

Local or General Anesthesia 

Recovery Period:

2-3 days off from work

2-3 weeks before resuming physical activity

6 weeks before engaging ins sexual activity

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What is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty or labia reduction surgery is a surgical procedure that alters the labia which are the folds of skin surrounding the vulva (external genitalia of women). It is performed to alter the physical appearance of the external genitalia for congenital conditions, for those who experience physical discomfort or for those who feel that they labia falls outside of the normal range.  The size and shape of labia varies significantly and can change through time due to the natural aging process, childbirth or other reasons. Large or disproportionate labia can make some women sensitive about their physical appearance and a labiaplasty will alter the look and feel of the external genitalia.

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Suitable Candidates

Candidates for labiaplasty are women who are in overall good health and feel dissatisfied with the size of their external genitalia for any of the following reasons:

  • feel that their labia are disproportionate in size

  • are dissatisfied with look and size of their labia

  • are dissatisfied with the shape or symmetry of their labia

  • are experiencing pain or discomfort during intercourse due to the size and/or shape of their labia

  • have pre-existing scars or previous damage to labia

During your initial consultation, Dr. Chivers will answer any questions you may have and determine whether a labiaplasty can provide the results you seek.

Procedural Details

Labiaplasty is a simple procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia within an hour.  Dr. Chivers carefully and precisely removes excess portions of the inner and outer labia in order to reduce the size of the outer genitalia according to the patient's aesthetic goals. The incisions are closed with small sutures and scarring is minimal as incisions are hidden in the natural folds of skin surrounding the labia. 

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Patients recovering from labiaplasty usually require about 2-3 days of rest before they are able to return to work. Additionally, they will experience bruising and mild pain for about 2-3 weeks total and should avoid strenuous activities during this time. Furthermore, any form of sexual intercourse, including manual stimulation, should be avoided for at least 4 weeks.

Post-op Instructions at a Glance
  • After surgery, will may find some swelling and bruising sensation. 

  • Ice packs or cold packs covered with a gentle cloth should be applied to the area every hour for the first 48-72 hrs after your surgery

  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications can be taken for pain control

  • You can shower the day following your surgery and should gently wash the wounds with soap and water.

  • You should begin Eposom Salt Sitx baths to help keep the surgical area clean

  • You should refrain from vigorous activity for about 2-3 weeks after your surgery.

  • You should wear loose fitting clothes to prevent an unnecessary pressure or damage to the surgical incisions.

  • You should refrain from sexual intercourse for 4 weeks after surgery

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Helpful Links

Complete Post-Operative Instructions

Labiaplasty Surgery

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Complimentary  and/or Alternative Procedures


Vaginoplasty is a alternative or complimentary procedure that is suitable for patient's who feel laxity in their vagina muscles due to lost of elasticity through aging or childbirth. This surgery alters the function of a women's genitalia, by tightening the vaginal muscles and removing excess vaginal lining.

Protrusion of the pubic area, or the mons, can make some women self-conscious and uncomfortable.  Mons Pubis liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that functions to reduce the soft tissue in the superior pubic area, improving the shape and contours and helping women look and feel more confident.

Mons Pubis Liposuction
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