Nymphoplasty – Labia Minora Reduction

La Nymphoplastie ou Labiaplastie est la réduction des petites lèvres (labia minora)



The reduction of the genital labia minora (nymphoplasty) is an increasingly frequent request in plastic and cosmetic surgery consultations. The media coverage, in particular, of this type of problem has led many patients to consult. These increasingly younger patients experience a real complex, sometimes since adolescence, disturbing their love life.

This intimate surgery is technically simple and has excellent results, providing patients with real physical and psychological relief. On the other hand, it is important that this intervention, which presents risks, be carried out by practitioners accustomed to a surgical environment (operating theater), as long as partial coverage of health insurance is possible.

ANESTHESIA: local or sedation


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The oldest technique (longitudinal technique) consists in removing the excess skin-mucous membrane following a crescent that cuts the upper part of the small lip as if cutting hair, at most a true amputation (nymphectomy) is possible. The downside to this technique is that it decapitates the labia minora leaving a bulge that no longer resembles the normal anatomy of a labia minora. In addition, the scar is over the entire area of contact with the underwear, the risk of healing disorders (disunity, infection, hematoma) is greater and patients complain of the importance of the postoperative consequences and especially the risk more frequent after-effects such as dyspareunia.

Recently, techniques derived from plastic surgery techniques with “V” resections or V plasty have made it possible to reduce the length of the scar in order to avoid the risk of local complications. The technique uses a central V-shaped resection limiting the scar to the central part of the labia minora, this technique is much superior to the classic technique because it limits the scar to the central region of the labia minora. It allows small to moderate resections but is sometimes insufficient for large hypertrophy. It has the drawbacks of placing the scars in the central part of the labia minora, which can be a source of healing problems of the type of partial disunity if the technique is not rigorous.



The consequences are simple if the basic hygiene and safety advice are followed. During the days following the operation, pain is possible such as burns calmed by simple analgesics (paracetamol). Local care must be done every day, such as local disinfection until the absorbable threads fall. Showers are allowed from the 3rd day but not baths (from 3 weeks).

Finally, an important point to specify, sexual intercourse is prohibited as well as the use of periodic tampons for 4 to 6 weeks following healing.

Nymphoplastie - Chirurgie intime - Cicatrice finale quasi-invisible


Dr Laurent Benadiba is the Creative Plastic Surgeon and Co-head of DUMEG:
University Diploma in Aesthetic Gynecological Medicine

Cabinet of Doctor Benadiba, Paris

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