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Labioplasty (Internal Lip Aesthetics)

The inner lips, or labia minora as they are medically known, are structures between the labia majora (outer lips), extending from the clitoris to the entrance of the vagina, do not contain fat and hair cells, and are rich in nerves and blood vessels. It varies in terms of shape, length, form and color depending on the person and race. The inner lips can sometimes be larger than normal, and this condition is medically referred to as labial hypertrophy. In cases of size or inner lip asymmetry, correction procedures performed for aesthetic purposes are called labioplasty. In the last 5 years, labiaplasty has become more widely known and a significant increase in the number of labiaplasty operations has been observed. This has made labiaplasty surgery one of the most frequently performed plastic surgeries after breast and nose aesthetic operations. The appearance of the inner and outer lips varies from person to person, and it is not accurate to define a ‘normal’ appearance. Everyone’s perception of what is ‘normal’ is different. The question of whether the appearance of the inner lips bothers the person is important. Sagging inner lips can be caused by factors such as genetic and hormonal factors, growth during puberty, pregnancies, weight changes, frequent vaginal infections and childbirth. Additionally, waxing and vigorous masturbation can also lead to loosening and asymmetry of the inner and outer lips. These situations may cause a person to consider a labiaplasty operation. Labioplasty can be performed on all individuals over the age of 18. Labiaplasty surgery may not be appropriate for individuals with unregulated diabetes, untreated thyroid diseases, psychiatric medication use, blood thinners, heavy smoking and alcohol consumption, or drug use.


1. Trim Labioplasty: This method, which is performed using scissors and scalpel, is generally called trim labiaplasty.

2. Radiofrequency Labioplasty: Inner lips are reduced using a radiofrequency device. In this method, lateral tissue damage is minimal, intact tissue is not burned while the tissue is cut, and bleeding control is easier.

3. Laser Labioplasty: The process of reducing the inner lips using a fractional or diode laser is called laser labiaplasty.

4. Wedge Labiaplasty: Unlike trim labiaplasty, triangular tissue is removed from the middle or lower part of the inner lips. This method helps maintain the natural color of the inner lip.

5. Deepithelialization Labiaplasty Technique: Window-shaped skin tissue is removed from the inner and outer parts of the labium and the tissues are stitched together. The aim of this method is to protect the nerves and vessels within the inner lip.


After the labiaplasty operation, it is observed that discomforts in the genital area such as wetness in the genital area, bad odor, tightness and pain when wearing jeans, protrusions when wearing a bikini, deviations during urination and difficulties in drying the genital area after urination are reduced or eliminated.


The cost of labiaplasty surgery may vary depending on the complexity of the surgery, the characteristics of the hospital where it will be performed, and other procedures to be performed together with labiaplasty. Clitoris-related procedures are considered a part of labiaplasty surgery and are not charged separately.


During labiaplasty, additional surgeries such as outer lip aesthetics, clitoris aesthetics, vaginal tightening and hymen stitching can be performed together. Labioplasty operation does not prevent normal birth and is limited to reducing the inner lips. There is no loss of sensation after labiaplasty, and in some cases, increased sexual sensitivity can be observed. Except for an experienced doctor, it is often not obvious that a labiaplasty operation has been performed. It is recommended to wait 6 weeks after surgery before having sexual intercourse. Labiaplasty and vaginal tightening surgeries can be performed simultaneously. Labiaplasty can also be applied to virgins because the surgery does not damage the hymen. There will be no sagging in the inner lips again after the surgery. The recovery process usually takes 4-6 weeks and the stitches used are self-dissolving. The best time for labiaplasty may be winter months, because the 6-week recovery period should be taken into account. Labiaplasty performed during menstruation may increase the risk of infection, so a postmenstrual timing is more appropriate.

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