Some women are born with especially large inner labia, while others find that the labia becomes stretched and distended after childbirth. Regardless of the cause, labiaplasty is a labia reduction surgery that removes this extra skin for a smoother, more uniform appearance.
What can labiaplasty accomplish?
While labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure, it can also reduce uncomfortable symptoms associated with large labia minora. These can include difficulty urinating, irritation caused by clothing, or pain during intercourse. Many patients report improved confidence and a more satisfying sex life after this procedure.
What happens during the labiaplasty procedure?
Labiaplasty is commonly performed under local anesthesia in the office. During the surgery, excess tissue is removed to create a natural appearance. Some patients also chose to have the labia majora reduced at this time either through surgery or liposuction. Another option is a hoodectomy, in which the clitoral hood is partially removed to increase sexual pleasure. Most patients can return home the same day of their labiaplasty.
This procedure costs between $2,500 and $5,000 depending on your physical health, extent of the procedure, and other factors. Affordable financing options are available.
Recovery After Labiaplasty
After the procedure, you’ll experience tenderness, swelling, and bruising at the surgical site. Although healing is complete within two weeks in most cases, we recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for at least three weeks after labiaplasty, and sexual activity should be avoided for at least six weeks to prevent infection and other complications. During the recovery period, bathing every day and keeping the area as clean and dry as possible can help facilitate healing. You’ll need to wear a pad because of post-surgical bleeding during the first week, and should not use tampons for at least 10 days.
How Long Do Labiaplasty Results Last?
The results of a labiaplasty procedure are permanent, though a subsequent pregnancy can cause the labia minora to stretch once again, negating the effects of the surgery. If you’re planning to become pregnant, you may want to consider having a labiaplasty after you are done having children.
Are You a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?
If you are bothered by the look of enlarged labia minora or find that the excess skin causes physical pain or discomfort, you may be a candidate for labiaplasty. The ideal candidate for this procedure is at least 18 years old and fully physically developed, in generally good health. If you are prescribed aspirin, NSAIDs, or blood thinners for health reasons, you may not be eligible for labiaplasty.
Dr. Kinsley also offers non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation, including labia majora rejuvenation for mild to moderate cases of vaginal laxity. The CO2RE Intima Laser Procedure strengthens and tightens vaginal tissue and muscles and increases blood flow to the area, increasing sexual satisfaction. The medical laser treatment can also help with urinary incontinence and conditions associated with menopause and perimenopause. Intima is ideal for women who are seeking vaginal rejuvenation without undergoing an invasive surgery, such as women who have children and may plan to have more children in the future.
Contact us for a consultation to learn more about labiaplasty and other vaginal rejuvenation techniques.