Labiaplasty is the surgical correction of labia minora (small lips on the side of the genital area) or labia majora (large lips that usually cover small lips). Labiaplasty is only relatively recently available in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
What are the reasons for labiaplasty?
Some women simply do not like the look of their labia minora because they are too long or asymmetrical (one longer or bigger than the other one). In other cases, the lips can be uncomfortable during exercise or sexual intercourse. Occasionally, they may (rarely) be a cause of frequent infections, itchiness, and discharge.
Girls who are younger than 18 will be requested to see a psychologist before they can undergo the procedure. In some cases, Dr Novikova may request a psychological evaluation for women who are older than 18. This is to ensure that the procedure is performed for right reasons, that expectations are met and that sound psychological support is provided.