What is Labiaplasty?

What can one expect from labiaplasty surgery? What changes are realistically achievable? What is recovery like?

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What is a Labiaplasty

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Labiaplasty is a procedure to help improve the aesthetic appearance of the external genitalia. This area is typically comprised of the clitoral hood, labia majora, and labia minora. A labiaplasty refers to improvement in the size and appearance of the labia minora, which can become darkened, enlarged, and sagging from pregnancy or a number of other reasons. A labiaplasty can remove the darkened folds and excess labia minora to help create a more symmetric cleaner appearance of your external genitalia. When we consult with patients for labiaplasty in our Jacksonville plastic surgery practice, we ask patients to demonstrate the specifics of what they desire to be improved. We then create a customized surgical plan to help them achieve the look and feel of what they hope to achieve with labiaplasty surgery. 

Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon

Results of Labiaplasty

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When referring to labiaplasty, I am discussing labia minora reductions.

Our first priority is to have a woman express her desires and aesthetic as well as her functional goals in the course of the intial consultation.

We ask patients to show us their areas of concern by using a mirror with a Q-tip as a pointer, to indicate their desired results.

I then review the surgical options, explain any particular aspects which cannot be performed, and then discuss reasonable expectations.

Labia are rarely symmetric. Our overall goal in treating asymmetry is to diminish the disparity between the two sides. Not all aspects of the labia can be corrected to achieve symmetry, this includes qualities such as size, shape, color, texture, thickness, projection, etc.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Results of labiaplasty are specific to the individual anatomy of a patient's labia minora

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The labia minora and labia majora comprise the external anatomy of the female genital area.

In some cases, the labia minora may be large and stretched as a result of normal development, labor, or age. In this case, a labiaplasty is performed to reduce the size of the labia in order to acheive a more suitable shape and dimension of this very important part of a female body.

There are three important goals to surgery:

  • Maintaining sensitivity in the area
  • Acheiving beautiful aesthetic form
  • Reducing the labia minora without causing the function of the labia minora to diminish, namely, keeping the vagina and introitus moist.

For questions about the procedure, speak to a board certified plastic surgeon.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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It is important to discuss these questions with your provider and find a board certified plastic surgeon.

In my San Francisco area practice we perform labiaplasties typically under local anesthesia and conscious sedation. The procedure is relatively short and patients have little post-operative discomfort.

There are dissolving sutures left in place and the incisions heal quite quickly. Patients typically are back to their routine (including sexual intercourse) at 3-4 weeks.

I hope this helps.

You should expect to look better with very little discomfort

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Labiaplasty is surgery on the labia minora (inner lips) and/or labia majora (outer lips). This surgery helps reduce the size and improve the appearance of the labia. It also can remove excess skin from around your clitoris which may help with sexual satisfaction. In addition to this, a vaginoplasty can be done where the entrance to the vagina is tightened. Adjunct procedures can be added such as g-spot injections to help achieve orgasm.

Because so much of sexual satisfaction is tied up in how we feel about ourselves and our bodies, this surgery not only makes you look better, but also feel better about your body.

Patients in my practice say that the recovery is easy with very little pain. People are back to work in two days without difficulty.

In my practice, we work with a Gynecological surgeon to address other issues as well, such as stress incontinence and vaginal prolapse.

All this is done in our office facility, which is AAAASF approved.

Kari L. Colen, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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What is Labiaplasty?

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Enlarged or protruding labia minor (inner vaginal lips) is a common problem and concern for women. They can occur for a number of reasons including increasing age, childbirth or often just naturally.  Enlagred labia can be the cause of concern for many women as they can experience pain, discomfort, humiliation and hygiene problems. Labia reduction surgery, or labiaplasty, can alleviate these problems. During this procedure excess tissue of the labia minora is trimmed down to a more aesthetically pleasing and functional size.

Women usually return to work and normal activities within 2- 5 days, while more strenuous activities will take about 3 weeks.

Eddy Dona, MBBS, FRACS
Sydney Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question.Vaginoplasty is a procedure that aims to "tighten up" a vagina that's become slack or loose from childbirth or aging. Some surgeons claim it can even improve sensitivity. 
Labiaplasty, plastic surgery on the labia, can be performed alone or with vaginoplasty. Surgery can be performed on the labia major, or the labia minor. Labiaplasty changes the size or shape of the labia, typically making them smaller or correcting an asymmetry between them. Hope this was helpful, best of luck!

Dhaval M. Patel 
Double board certified
Plastic surgeon
Hoffman Estates

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty surgery

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The labiaplasty procedure is done to decrease the size of excess labial skin. The procedure is done both for cosmetic and for comfort purposes. The surgery takes about 2 hours and women are able to return to work after a few days. The main restriction is no intercourse for 6 weeks while the incisions are healing.

What is Labiaplasty?

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Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to alter the appearance of the labia minora and/or majora. The most common labiaplasty procedure is reduction of the labia minora however reductions or augmentations of the labia majora are also common as well. Hope that helps! 

Mathew A. Plant, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty Explanation and Video

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Vaginal Rejuvenation has become a hot topic over the past ten years or so as grooming habits have changed. With the majority of women shaving, waxing or doing some type of grooming they have become more aware of the appearance of their vaginal area.

The term vaginal rejuvenation is a broad term that can be used to encompass several procedures with the overall goal of improving the appearance of the vaginal area.

The most common method for rejuvenation is trimming the labia minora (inner lips) this will remove the excess skin that may hang below the vagina.

The second method is fat grafting to the labia majora (outer lips) this will add volume to the area and improve the deflated appearance that women can have after having children or after weight loss.

The two methods can be done together to give the patient the best overall aesthetic result.

The cost depends on which of these procedures is performed and whether the procedure is performed under local anesthesia or with some type of anesthesia.

I would recommend that you consult your board certified plastic surgeon so that you can be evaluated and discuss your options.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.