Labiaplasty removes excess tissue from the labia minora. The incision that is created by the procedure is then closed surgically. Scientific studies have well documented that a healing wound strengthens rapidly during the first six weeks to about 80% of the final wound strength. The last 20% of wound strength develops over the next several months. Since one of the most common (although still rare) complications of labiaplasty is wound disruption, it is wise to wait to have intercourse and/or put significant strain on the incision until it is well healed and has developed sufficient strength to tolerate sexual activity. I ask all my labiaplasty patients to refrain from intercourse for six weeks.