While not a new procedure, more and more women in Sacramento are hearing about labiaplasty, a surgical procedure for the vagina that helps to correct large labia or misshapen labial skin that covers the vaginal opening.
Not only can larger labia cause women to feel self-conscious about their bodies, but they can also cause discomfort when doing physical activities or wearing certain clothing. Childbirth, aging and genetics are some of the common reasons why women become unhappy with the size and shape of their labia.
Though choosing to have labia surgery is ultimately an intimate, personal decision, many women come to The Natural Result / Center for Aesthetic Artistry for advice and guidance on their labial reconstruction options. We’ve helped many women restore their confidence and feel more comfortable with intimate areas.
Best Candidates for Labiaplasty
The best candidates for labiaplasty include women born with enlarged or protruding labia and those whose labia changed in appearance due to childbirth, age, or sexual activity. Extended labia can be physically uncomfortable as well as cause anxiety in intimate settings.
Women request labiaplasty surgery for many different reasons. Some feel discomfort because of their enlarged labia from the constant rubbing during exercise and other daily activities, including sexual intercourse, while others have labiaplasty simply to change their appearance.
Request Your Consult
During your consultation, you will be able to get a better sense of how labiaplasty can improve your appearance and comfort level. The goal is to give you a more proportionate, discreet look that helps you feel more comfortable physically and emotionally. Use this time to ask any questions you may have as well as view labiaplasty before and after photos of previous patients. This can give you a good idea of what kind of results you can expect.
Your plastic surgeon will work closely with you to make sure that labiaplasty is the most appropriate procedure to meet your needs. Some women schedule labiaplasty as a stand-alone surgery, while others include labia reduction as part of a mommy makeover.
What to Expect
Labia reduction requires application of local anesthetic to the surgical area, along with intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic. Your surgeon will remove the excess tissue and sculpt the remaining labia skin and surrounding tissue to a more proportionate size. This outpatient procedure takes about 2 hours to perform.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does labiaplasty cost?The cost of labiaplasty involves not only the surgical fees but also the use of operating room facilities, anesthesia and other associated costs. This amount can vary by location, the experience of your plastic surgeon and other factors. When searching for the cost of labiaplasty surgery, many of the national averages tend to be much lower than what you’ll be quoted from an actual plastic surgeon. This is because most figures do not include many of the additional services that ensure your safety during surgery. Discuss your payment and financing options at your consultation if the cost of your labiaplasty is an obstacle.
Does insurance cover labiaplasty surgery?Unless your labiaplasty is considered to be medically necessary, your health insurance provider is unlikely to cover the procedure. However, when there is a medical need for labiaplasty surgery — such as enlarged labia interfering with daily life or causing skin rashes or infections — a labiaplasty could be fully or partially covered by insurance. If you think your procedure could be covered, call the number on the back of your insurance card to inquire about the health coverage for your specific situation.
How do I choose the best labiaplasty plastic surgeon near me?Asking friends and family is a great place to start your search for a labiaplasty plastic surgeon near you, but not everyone is comfortable taking this route. You can narrow your search by looking for credentials such as extensive medical training, schooling and affiliations with accredited medical organizations. Finally, read client reviews and schedule a consultation with your top one or two surgeons.
Is labiaplasty surgery the best procedure for me?If you are bothered by the appearance and/or function of your enlarged inner or outer labia, a labiaplasty could be an appropriate solution for you. While there are nonsurgical feminine rejuvenation treatments that address concerns such as vaginal dryness and laxity, there are no nonsurgical alternatives to a labiaplasty. Our experienced and knowledgeable plastic surgeons will help you determine if a labiaplasty could be the best procedure for your needs and goals.
Is labiaplasty surgery painful?Your labiaplasty procedure itself should not be painful or uncomfortable, as the surgery is performed under general anesthesia. After your labiaplasty, you will likely experience some tenderness, swelling and bruising as you begin to recover. These symptoms are usually easy to manage with the use of over-the-counter or prescription pain medication and cold compresses.
How long will I need to take off work to recover from labiaplasty surgery?Most women are able to return to work and other daily activities within 3 to 5 days after their labiaplasty. However, your recovery period can vary and you should listen to the advice of your plastic surgeon before getting back to your normal routine. Note that you will need to avoid strenuous physical activities, including sexual intercourse, for several weeks after your labiaplasty procedure.
Will I lose sensation after a labiaplasty?When performed by an experienced and highly-skilled plastic surgeon, a labiaplasty should not cause you to lose long-term sensation in the treated area. However, some women report temporary feelings of numbness, tingling or loss of sensation as they recover from the procedure. Over time, you should begin to return to your normal self again.
Once your labia have fully healed, your final labiaplasty results should reveal smaller and more proportionate labia. While your individual results will depend on your needs and goals for surgical outcome, many of our patients experience less discomfort during physical and everyday activities and less anxiety during intimacy after their procedure. They’ve also reported feeling more comfortable wearing tighter-fitting clothing.
Any scarring should blend well with the surrounding area as your incisions are typically made along natural folds of the skin.
Women can enjoy the benefits of labiaplasty for many years. However, aging and childbirth after your procedure can affect your results. That is why we recommend waiting to have labiaplasty surgery until you are finished having children, if possible.
For many women, labiaplasty can be a life-changing procedure. If you’ve been considering having a labiaplasty, schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons.
After your labiaplasty, you will most likely feel swollen and sore. Your surgeon may prescribe anti-inflammatories to help reduce any discomfort while you rest and recover, though, many patients find the over the counter pain medication work well. Cold compresses can also be used to help reduce any pain and swelling. Wearing loose fitting-clothing will help to avoid rubbing on clothing and irritating the incisions.
Although your individual experience may vary, within 3 to 5 days after your labiaplasty, you should be able to return to your normal routine. You will need to avoid strenuous physical activity, including sexual activity, for several weeks.
It’s usually an outpatient procedure, meaning you get to recuperate at home. But that doesn’t mean the procedure isn’t a big one. Your surgeon will give you before and after instruction to help you better prepare for your labiaplasty procedure.