What procedure can be done? (photos)
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What to do about protruding labia and clitoral hood skin?
Self-conscious about appearance of labia: what to do??!
Michael P Goodman MD
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Labia reduction for excess tissue
The surgery itself can be done one of two ways: the "trim" or the "wedge." I prefer the trim technique since the results are good and the complication rate is very low. The wedge purports to offer a more normal labial edge, but there is more disruption of nerves and blood supply, and if there is a wound healing complication it requires another surgical procedure to repair.
Be sure to see a surgeon who has a lot of experience in this arena and can show you a comprehensive portfolio of pre- and post-op pictures.
WHAT PROCEDURES CAN BE DONE.?
We appreciate your question but you really make it hard to answer without knowing exactly what bothers you about the appearance of your external vagina (aka vulva). Most of us here on Realself don't want to tell a woman what to get because many of us believe all womens' vagina/ vulva are normal. It is only abnormal if it bothers you during activity, wearing tight clothing or during intercourse or when YOU say you don't like the appearance of a particular area.
With the above comments in mind and based upon my 20 years of experience performing cosmetic vaginal surgery and the very fact that you are writing to this website I would assume you are considering: 1) labia minora reduction. Based upon the aerial view of the 3rd photo (i.e. looking downward on the clitoral hood and clitoris - I would assume this view bothers you or you would not have sent the pictures. If that is indeed the situation -- you could consider a clitoral hood reduction and a clitoralpexy to lessen the protrusion of the clitoral area. Another way to reduce the protruding area ( this is an option) is to perform fat transfer to the labia majora closer to and hugging the clitoral area.
You have asked for prices i.e. what it would cost in my office : labiaplasty $4500, clitoral hood reduction $2500, clitoropexy $1500 and autologous fat transfer $2500. I personally believe I get the best results with my patients under anesthesia. This procedure (all 4) would take about 2 hours and I prefer a woman to be asleep during the surgery. So this would require you have anesthesia and in the operating room and out the same day.
I encourage you to not choose a surgeon on price alone but instead choose your surgeon on : surgical outcomes, experience and expertise. Study and research you surgeon well you only have one chance to do the operation right the first time. A botched surgery leaves the patient distraught, angry and depressed as well a second operation usually costs more money and is harder to perform.
John R Miklos MD
Cosmetic Vaginal Surgeon
Atlanta ~ Beverly Hills ~ Dubai
What can be done to fix my body and how much will it cost?
Restoring with Female Genital Enhancement and the Costs
A vaginoplasty (commonly referred ton as vaginal rejuvenation) is when a diamond shaped section of tissue is excised from the inside of the vagina and brought down to the outside of the vagina.
If necessary, this may be combined with a #Labiaplasty which is a surgical procedure that will reduce and/or reshape the #labia. Labia minora are the inner lips of the vagina that cover the female clitoris and vaginal opening. Women with excessively large labia may experience pain during sexual relations, feel discomfort during normal activities or while wearing tight clothing. Or, the labia may be asymmetric or may #hang below the labia majora (the outer lips of the vagina) which some women find this unattractive. At times the outer labia or labia majora may also be excessively large, uneven, or may be too small. The size may be increased with fat injections.
Candidates for treatment include women concerned about the appearance of their genitals, those who experience discomfort, pain or difficulty with sexual relations.The specific problems are noted below in each section. These problems may exist at birth or with growth and development. They can occur with childbirth or other trauma to the region. All of these issues can cause a woman great emotional distress that is often difficult to talk about with their partner, friends and even their doctor.
Costs for #CosmeticLabIaplasty and #CosmeticFemaleSurgery depend upon the specific surgery that is requested, type of anaesthesia, experience of the surgery, and geographic location. Estimated fees can be found here on Real Self, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website.
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.