Labia hypertrophy of the vulva may occur in adolescence (juvenile primary hypertrophy), after child birth or after menopause (false hypertrophy by ptosis of the vulva). The natural asymmetry between the two lips may be accentuated.
This hypertrophy, while it is difficult to talk about during consultation, could be the cause of low self-esteem and can cause discomfort when undressing in front of a partner.
This hypertrophy can cause difficulties for wearing clothing (tight jeans, thongs, and swimwear), limit certain sporting activities (horse riding, cycling …) and cause discomfort or pain during intercourse.
However, surgeons need to remain cautious regarding procedures to correct labia minora that are deemed to be too big, and if the surgeon believes that the patient’s request is justified, part of the procedure can be covered by health insurance.
In young women the outer vaginal lips are plump with tight skin. In the absence of hypertrophy, the inner vaginal lips are covered by the outer vaginal lips.
With ageing and pregnancy the volume of the labia majora decreases and the skin becomes weakened.
Surgical rejuvenation of the vaginal labia majora is done by injecting fat (lipofilling) into the subcutaneous tissue.
The mon pubis corresponds to the hairy area of the pubis just above the vaginal lips.
Liposuction treats this area for any ungainly excess fat.