Labiaplasty surgery also referred to as labioplasty, or aesthetic vaginal surgery is a surgical procedure that will reduce and/or reshape the labia minora (inner labia) and the labia majora (outer labia) – the skin that covers the female clitoris and vaginal opening.
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Did you know that many women live with pain or reduced sexual pleasure and embarrassment due to a loosening of their vagina or large labia or elongated labia, most often due to aging or childbirth.
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What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty surgery, also called labioplasty procedure, or vaginal reconstruction, is a labia reduction surgery to reduce and/or reshape the labia minora (inner labia) and the labia majora (outer labia) – the skin that covers the female clitoris and vaginal opening. The size, color, and shape of a woman’s labia vary significantly between women and may change as a result of childbirth, aging, and other events.
Labiaplasty surgery can also address congenital defects and abnormalities such as:
- Caginal atresia
- Malformed uterus
- Malformed fallopian tubes
- Inter-sex conditions
- Repair damage from tearing and stretching during childbirth
There are several different types of vaginal rejuvenation procedures that are typically performed:
What is the purpose of a Labiaplasty Surgery?
Large labia (labial hypertrophy)
Some women are born with an enlarged labia, which in medical terms is called labial hypertrophy, and therefore opt to have the vaginal reconstruction procedure. Whereas others develop the enlargement with age or from child-birth. Occasionally, a woman is self-conscious of her labia since childhood. In some instances, a woman with a large labia minora can experience pain during intercourse, or feel discomfort during everyday activities or when wearing tight-fitting clothing.
Enhance sexual experience
Others may feel unattractive or wish to enhance their sexual experiences by removing some of the skin that covers the clitoris. The purpose of a labiaplasty procedure is to better define the inner labia. Labia reduction surgery can greatly improve the aesthetic appearance of an abnormally enlarged labia.
About the labioplasty procedure:
The labiaplasty or labioplasty is a relatively minor surgery and is not very uncomfortable. The procedure takes about 2 hours and is performed with intense magnification to assure an accurate approximation of the normal labial edges. Labiaplasty NYC is an outpatient procedure usually performed under local anesthesia.
What to expect after the vaginal reconstruction procedure:
After the labia surgery, women may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which will usually disappear after 1-2 weeks. Resting and staying off your feet for the first few days following the labiaplasty procedure are recommended.
- Use tampons
- Wear tight clothes (e.g. thong underwear)
- Have sexual intercourse for four to six weeks following the surgery.
What are the risks?
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks. While there are few associated with Labiaplasty surgery, the most common can include:
Although these events are usually infrequent, they sometimes can occur. These will be discussed with you during the consultation for your procedure.
Insurance may cover the labiaplasty/labioplasty surgery if you have any discomfort. We are happy to assist you in obtaining preauthorization.
If you have any questions about labia reduction, labioplasty & labiaplasty procedure or are interested in setting up a consultation, please feel free to call our dedicated and knowledgable staff.
How common is labiaplasty?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), approximately 10,000 labiaplasty surgeries are performed annually. For comparison purposes: around 215,000 people get rhinoplasties a year and around 300,000 people get breast augmentations each year.
How long does labiaplasty take to heal?
Labia surgery is considered a relatively complicated procedure, even though it is performed on an outpatient basis. Doctors recommend taking at least 3 to 7 days off work after the procedure. You will be also prescribed antibiotics for the purpose of reducing the risk of infection. Moreover, your doctor can also prescribe anti-inflammatories to reduce pain. Specialists say that most swelling will disappear 6 weeks after the surgery. Residual swelling might take 6 months to disappear.
How much does labiaplasty cost?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that the average cost of labiaplasty was $2,924 in 2019. However, you need to keep in mind that the average cost is only a part of the total price, excluding anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other related expenses. If you want to determine the total cost of your labiaplasty, you should consult your doctor.
Are follow-up appointments required?
Yes, normally people who have undergone labia surgery need to have 1-2 follow-up appointments. These visits are required for your doctor to make sure that the area is healing well.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for surgery?
Apart from taking a day off from work, it is highly recommended to get good quality sleep, eat healthy food, and drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the procedure. If you are a smoker, it would be also great if you could quit smoking a few days before the procedure takes place.
The information provided on this site is intended to educate the reader about certain medical conditions and certain possible treatment. It is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis, and medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health care professional. If you believe you, or someone you know suffers from the conditions described herein, please see your health care provider immediately. Do not attempt to treat yourself or anyone else without proper medical supervision.
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