The opening of the vagina is lined at the side by two flaps of tissue called the labio minora.  The word Labio is the Latin word for lips.  The labio minor or minor lips contribute to the outer appearance of the female genitals or sexual organ.   The  labio minora may be asymmetrical or may be very large. Large labio majora occasionally give rise to discomfort during sexual intercourse and also discomfort when wearing undergarments.  Sometimes during child birth, the  labio minora may be torn and needs to be repaired.  With age, the  labio minora may also darken and grows bigger.
Women are now more aware of the appearance of the labio minora.  Some women request for repair of the labio minora to give it a more symmetrical look or to reduce the size.  This is a minor surgery which can be done under local anaesthesia.   The new field of aesthetic gynecology includes this procedure for aesthetic and functional needs of the women.


Diagram 1 showing the appearance of the female external sex organ.

Diagram 2 showing the various appearances of labio minora and the post-op appearance.