What is labiaplasty?
Child birth, pregnancy, genetics and age can all contribute to excess skin in the vaginal area. Too much excess skin can cause pain during intercourse, decrease sensation and create difficulties with personal hygiene. Labiaplasty, sometimes referred to as labia reduction, is a surgical solution that reduces the size and length of the labia so that the inner lips (labia minor) don’t protrude past the outer lips (labia majora).
Labiaplasty is most commonly performed to achieve the following results:
- Remove excess skin from the vaginal area
- Improve the shape and appearance of the labia and vagina
- Reduce pain and discomfort during intercourse
- Make personal hygiene upkeep easier
What to expect
- Step 1Consultation
- Step 2Preparation
- Step 3Surgery
- Step 4Recovery
- Step 5Results
Step 1 Consultation
A thorough consultation is an important first step when deciding if labiaplasty is the right option for you. One of our board certified surgeons will discuss your desired results with you and provide an honest, professional opinion on how best to achieve those results. We also make certain that you are a good candidate for the procedure, taking into account your age, health, medical background and other factors that could affect the safety and effectiveness of your surgery. All of our consultations are conducted with the goal of making sure our patients feel comfortable, confident and informed about the labiaplasty process.
Step 2 Preparation
Well before your surgery, let RTH know of any medications you take. Three weeks prior and three weeks after your surgery, we strongly suggest limiting your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior and two weeks after, you should not take any medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or ibuprofen products.
The evening before your surgery, refrain from eating or drinking anything including water, and do not smoke. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any other symptoms of illness before your surgery, let RTH know right away.
The day of your procedure, refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, lotion or perfume. We also advise wearing comfortable clothing. Prepare to have a responsible adult provide you with transportation after your procedure and make arrangements for any care or assistance you may need 24 hours after surgery.
Step 3 Surgery
Before your procedure, your surgeon will answer any questions that may have come up since your consultation. You will also have the opportunity to meet the RTH staff assisting your surgeon during your procedure. Every effort is made to make certain that all of your concerns are addressed and you are as comfortable as possible. When it is time to begin, you will be taken to our state-of-the-art surgical suite and comfortably fall asleep under general anesthesia.
Step 4 Recovery
For a couple of weeks following your procedure, we recommend avoiding any strenuous activity. To ensure proper healing, do not engage in sexual intercourse for four to six weeks. Remember that everyone recovers differently, and you may need more or less time before you feel 100% again. A few days after your surgery, your RTH doctor will follow-up to see how you are healing and prescribe any necessary medication.
Step 5 Results
While results vary based on the individual, labiaplasty patients enjoy a smoother, younger and more proportionate looking vagina. The new contours can be seen almost immediately after surgery, and skin quality is dramatically improved both in appearance and feel. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
Q: Is labiaplasty right for me?
If you are a women who wants to reshape and improve the appearance and comfort of your vagina, labiaplasty may be the right option for you. All labiaplasty candidates must be 18 years or older and in good health with no pre-existing medical conditions that could create complications.
Q: Why choose RTH Plastic Surgery for my labiaplasty procedure?
When choosing a plastic surgeon for labiaplasty, there are three important qualifications to consider: training, experience and personal attention. Dr. Hajjar is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Above all, your doctor should be someone you trust to deliver exceptional results and perform a safe and effective procedure.
Dr. Hajjar is a board certified plastic surgeon and labiaplasty specialists. Our surgeons spend the necessary time with every patient to answer any questions and address any concerns. We make it a priority to ensure our patients are well-informed and completely comfortable with their decisions. We know that your time is valuable, which is why we maintain an efficient procedure calendar and use the latest techniques and technology to minimize your recovery time and maximize your results.
Q: Will my insurance cover a labiaplasty procedure?
Insurance companies commonly do not cover an elective or cosmetic surgery like labiaplasty unless it is performed to correct a medical or health condition. If you plan to use insurance as payment, we strongly suggest consulting with your provider to discuss if the procedure is covered in part or in full by your current plan.
Q: Will my labiaplasty have a natural result?
At RTH, we have perfected a minimally invasive short-scar technique that greatly reduces the possibility of scarring or other visible signs that a procedure was performed. While results vary based on the individual, we focus on creating the most natural results possible. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly explain what results to expect.
Q: How long will results last?
The longevity of results varies and is dependent on body type and lifestyle. Typically, you can expect labiaplasty results to be long lasting and even permanent, provided you maintain your weight and a healthy lifestyle.
Q: What are the risks of a labiaplasty procedure?
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complication related to infection. Some people may wake up from surgery feeling groggy and experience an upset stomach, side effects of the anesthesia that are very temporary. We are happy to explain in detail any of the risks involved prior to your surgery. We carefully review your complete medical history and all medications you are on to prevent any complications.
Other risks associated with labiaplasty may include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Contour irregularities
- Skin sensitivity
Q: Can I have additional procedures in combination with my labiaplasty to enhance results?
Yes, your RTH doctor can recommend additional services that may enhance your desired results, which can include liposuction, a buttocks lift or a tummy tuck. RTH also offers the option of combining your labiaplasty procedure with a laser skin resurfacing treatment, which promotes collagen growth under the skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance.