The Impact of Labiaplasty on Sexuality

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Jan;141(1):87-92. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000003921.


Background: Labiaplasty is one of the aesthetic procedures that has shown the greatest increase in the number of operations in recent years, although the absolute number of these procedures is still very low. Labia minora hypertrophy causes not only functional discomfort and sexual difficulties, but also embarrassment and aesthetic concern. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of labiaplasty on the patient's quality of life, self-esteem, and sexual function.

Methods: Twenty-four consecutive sexually active patients, who expressed the desire to undergo labiaplasty, were divided into two groups of 12 patients each: the intervention group that underwent labiaplasty immediately after responding the first questionnaires, and the control group that received no intervention during the study period. All patients were assessed for health-related quality of life, self-esteem, and sexual function using the Brazilian Portuguese versions of the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short Form Health Survey, the Brazilian version of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem scale, and the Female Sexual Function Questionnaire, respectively. The questionnaires were administered at inclusion and at 3 and 6 months later in both groups. Comparisons within and between groups were performed. Statistical analysis was performed at a significance level of p < 0.05.

Results: No significant differences in Rosenberg Self-Esteem scale or Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short Form Health Survey score were found in either group during the study period. However, a significant improvement was found in the Female Sexual Function Questionnaire total score in the pain and enjoyment domains.

Conclusion: Labiaplasty had a positive impact on sexual functioning of the study population.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cosmetic Techniques / psychology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypertrophy / complications
  • Hypertrophy / psychology
  • Hypertrophy / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life*
  • Self Concept*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / diagnosis
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / surgery
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / diagnosis
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / surgery
  • Sexuality*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vulva / pathology
  • Vulva / surgery*
  • Young Adult