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- The surgeon may simply trim the edges of the labia, in which case you may be left with a scar running along the edges of the labia.
- The other method is to remove a fan-shaped portion of each lip, and then stitch the cut edges together. This reduces the size of the lip without much scarring, but problems with healing are more likely.
Both these operations may have problems such as bleeding and infection. Also, the vaginal lips contain many very sensitive nerve fibres, so these operations remove sexually-sensitive tissue and could lessen your sexual pleasure [MIMS Womens Health 2007;2(4):28–9]. They are cosmetic operations, so you would probably not be able to have it done under the National Health Service in the UK. You would have to have it done privately. Try to pluck up courage to ask your doctor to refer you to a suitable private gynaecologist or surgeon. Explain how troubled you are feeling. This is a better course of action than trying to find a good one yourself, which can be difficult.
Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Monday, January 23rd 2017
"Perfectly normal vulvas come in all shapes and sizes," says GP and comedian Dr Phil Hammond, "each different and beautiful in their own way." We receive lots of comments from women anxious about what their vulval lips should look like. Click on the video below for Dr Phil's reassuring commonsense on the subject.
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