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What is a designer vagina?

A designer vagina is a term used to describe vaginal cosmetic surgery procedures that aim to enhance the physical appearance of the labia, increase the patient’s confidence, and reduce any associated discomfort.

February 16th, 2023 |Ask an Expert

What is a Designer Vagina?

The labia are the folds of skin that protect your vagina, the labia majora (outer lips) and the labia minora (inner lips). Labiaplasty (or labia reduction) is a popular procedure that involves reducing excess tissue of the labia minora that protrudes outside of the labia majora, improving the symmetry and size of the labia.

Designer Vagina Surgery

Made famous by celebrities, a designer vagina, also known as a labiaplasty, is a surgery that improves the size and symmetry of the labia. 

The labia are the folds of skin that protect your vagina, made up of the labia majora (outer lips) and the labia minora (inner lips). 

In the cosmetic surgery world, this is known as labiaplasty (or labia reduction) and is a procedure that reduces excess tissue of the labia minora that protrudes outside of the labia majora.

What are the benefits of a Labia Reduction procedure?

Some patients are unhappy with the shape and size of their labia and associated discomfort this may cause. Some of the benefits of labiaplasty (labia reduction) surgery are:

  • To improve the appearance, symmetry, and size of the labia

  • Increase self-esteem and confidence

  • Reduce discomfort during sexual intercourse

  • Reduce discomfort and visibility of the labia when wearing underwear and tight fitting clothing

  • Reduce discomfort during exercise and sporting activities

Why would someone want a Designer Vagina?

Every patient’s reason for wanting a cosmetic surgery procedure is different, typically labiaplasty surgery (designer vagina) is carried out for cosmetic purposes.

Women’s labia come in different shapes and sizes and are unique to them, however, some patients may present with enlarged, misshapen, or asymmetrical labia and this can affect a patient’s day-to-day life in many ways.  

Some of the reasons patients may desire a designer vagina:

  • Enlarged labia that protrudes

  • Misshaped or asymmetrical labia

  • Patients may experience visible labia that falls out of their underwear or swimwear

  • Patients may experience discomfort wearing certain clothing and underwear

  • Patients may experience discomfort during sexual intercourse

  • Patients may experience discomfort when exercising or playing sports

  • Patients may experience embarrassment and low self-esteem due to the above, this can affect their relationships and prevent them from taking part in social activities such as going swimming or on holiday

What are the different types of Designer Vagina surgery?

  • Labiaplasty (Labia Reduction) - available at MYA

  • Labiaplasty & Hoodectomy - available at MYA

  • Vaginal Tightening

  • Vaginal Rejuvenation 

What to expect during a Labiaplasty consultation

Our FREE labiaplasty eConsult service allows patients to speak directly to our expert team of advisors via a secure and private video call, so there is no need to travel to one of our clinical hubs.

During your labiaplasty eConsult you can discuss the often personal and emotional reasons you are considering a labiaplasty procedure from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Our specialist-trained eConsult advisors will guide you through the process of a labiaplasty procedure and discuss the desired outcome. Our advisors have a wealth of knowledge and have spoken to many labiaplasty patients over the years; they understand that it can be a little bit daunting and embarrassing at times, but your consultation is a safe space for you to discuss all your concerns and ask any questions.

You will also have the opportunity to look at labiaplasty before and after photos and discuss which surgeon is the right fit for you and your requirements.

What happens during a Labiaplasty surgeon consultation?

You will meet your chosen labiaplasty surgeon at one of our local clinical hubs. Your surgeon consultation provides an opportunity for you to express your areas of concern to the surgeon and discuss the outcome you are hoping to achieve with labia reduction.

A specialist-trained MYA chaperone will be present throughout your consultation and will be on hand to ensure you are comfortable and reassured during your physical examination. The examination is a necessary part of your consultation to assess your physical requirements but is very quick and involves minimal physical contact. Your labiaplasty surgeon will then explain the risks and benefits of labiaplasty surgery and what to expect during recovery.

All MYA labiaplasty Surgeons are highly experienced with full medical insurance and only perform Cosmetic Surgery, therefore they are highly skilled in this field and they will be able to make appropriate recommendations regarding your suitability for labia reduction surgery. Patients are entitled to have a second surgeon consultation ahead of their operation if needed.

Celebs who have had Designer Vagina surgery

It is reported that the following celebrities may have undergone some form of vaginal surgery.

  • Kim Kardashian

  • Dawn Ward

  • Gemma Collins

  • Katie Price

Your Designer Vagina FAQS:

Can you get your Labia reduced?

The shape and size of your labia can be reduced with a labiaplasty procedure that removes excess skin of the labia minora that protrudes out of the labia majora. Labiaplasty is a procedure we offer at MYA and can be performed by a specialist MYA surgeon under general anaesthetic in 30-60 minutes time.

Is it normal for your Labia to stick out?

Every woman’s labia vary in shape and size and there is no ‘normal’. It is common for women to find that their labia minora (the inner lips) are enlarged or asymmetric and may protrude or stick out when they wear tight clothing or underwear. Some women choose to have a labiaplasty procedure to correct this and achieve a neater more symmetrical appearance.

Will Designer Vagina surgery affect sensation?

Generally, most women who undergo labiaplasty surgery will experience some loss of sensitivity in the first few weeks, but this should subside. In very few cases, this loss of sensation may last longer than expected.

How long does a Designer Vagina take to heal?

The typical recovery time for a designer vagina (labiaplasty) procedure is up to 6 weeks. Patients are advised to take 1-2 weeks off work for their recovery dependent on the physical demands of their job.

How much does a Designer Vagina cost?

A designer vagina procedure or more commonly known as labiaplasty, can cost anywhere from £4,495. The cost of a labiaplasty procedure is tailored to individual requirements following a surgeon assessment.

Does Labiaplasty leave scars?

Scarring from labiaplasty surgery is very minimal when the wound is kept clean and is monitored regularly by your qualified nurse.

Is Labiaplasty painful?

Labiaplasty is done under general anaesthetic, meaning patients won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

However, after the surgery, patients should expect bruising and swelling following labia reduction surgery. Pain relief will be prescribed to ease discomfort following the procedure and pain should subside after 7-14 days.

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