How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Labiaplasty?

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Labiaplasty age

Some teenagers have a significant problem with excess labia that causes embarrassment and discomfort.  If they are asking for a solution and have the parent's consent, we would do the procedure after puberty.  It is interesting that insurance will often cover this for them but not for adults.  I feel that it is important that the teenager is asking for the surgery rather than the parent asking as the teenager is too young to give legal informed consent.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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No Age Requirement

Just parental consent. I have performed this procedure on mature young women at 15 with their mother's approval and permission.

Adam J. Oppenheimer, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Age Requirements for Labiaplasty

I do not have an absolute age requirement for labiaplasty.  Unforunately, some women are born with very large or asymmetric labia that can really cause a problem physically and emotionally for them.  In this case, a labiaplasty is indicated even if a woman is underage.  Good luck!

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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There is no minimal age really.

I believe the youngest patient I have had for this procedure has been 14 years old but she had her parents full support.  She was extremely mature and had studied/researched the procedure well.  She had a clear understanding of what was required of her during the recovery phase and what the potential complications could be.  She also had very realistic expectations from the surgery.

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty in Teens

I frequently see distraught teens brought in by their moms to have labiaplasty for enlarged labia that are either causing discomfort or visual distress. The critical factor is the maturity of the teenager and the lack of any coercion from the parent.

Marco A. Pelosi III, MD
Jersey City OB/GYN
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How old does a patient need to be for a labiaplasty?

Once a patient's genetalia has quit developing, labiaplasty is a good procedure forl large labia that cause discomfort, hygiene issues and/or embarrasment. If a young lady is under 18, she will need consent from a parent or guardian.

I view this much the same as I veiw breast reduction in young women. There is no need to wait once the patient has quit developing.

Lisa Lynn Sowder, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty age

I do not perform labiaplasties on women less than 18 years of age. This is primarily a medicolegal decision and not physiologic. Best of luck.

Labiaplasty age requirements

There are no age requirements for labiaplasty, however, any surgery performed on a person under 18 requires parental approval.  Labiaplasty can be very helpful to women with significantly enlarged labia minora who suffer from discomfort, hygiene issues, difficult wearing clothing, etc.

I strongly suggest consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon to learn more about this procedure and wish you the best.


James Knoetgen, III, MD
Fresno Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Age for labiaplasty

I have performed a labiaplasty on many teen-agers and even on one girl who was twelve. However, all the girls had significantly enlarged labia minora and suffered from discomfort. They were very self-conscious.  All of the girls did very well with elimination of their discomfort and embarrassment.   Of course, you need parental approval if you are under 18.  

Gary J. Alter, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Age Requirement for Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty surgery should wait until a young woman is 18 years of age and can legally consent to this procedure by herself.  However, this surgery on someone under 18 can, and at times, should be done if a person has psychological or physical disabilities related to macrolabia.  I have done several wedge resections on young women in their late teens, both because of congenitally enlarged labia minora or due to early pregnancy with a long labor.  In this age group, this surgery can often relieve young women of debilitating insecurities. 

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