Enlargement, asymmetries, and protrusion of the labia are not only socially embarrassing but often irritating and uncomfortable. The reasons for labial enlargement and or asymmetry is congenital, puberty enlargement, pregnancy, and aging. A Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the labia.
Your Consultation with Dr. Williams
Dr. Williams feels that the most important part of the consultation is to listen to you and understand what you want to achieve. During your consultation Dr. Williams will discuss with you and explain the procedure and your expected results. Each of the possible options regarding surgery will also be explained. Depending upon your goals, alternatives as well as additional procedures may be recommended. The goal is for you to be fully informed so that you are confident that the choice you make is the right one to give you the result you want.
Candidates for Labiaplasty
- Enlargement of the labia
- Protrusion or hanging of the labia
- Asymmetry of the labia
- Irritation and discomfort
- Problems wearing tight-fitting clothing and swimsuits
- Social embarrassment and intimacy
Surgery of Labiaplasty
The procedure can be done with local, sedation, or general anesthesia. Usually it is done with local anesthesia. The position and the amount of labia removed is precisely marked to remove excessive tissue, and create a natural and symmetrical appearance. The excess tissue is marked and removed as a “V” shaped wedge. The edges of the labia are sutured together with absorbable sutures so they do not have to be removed.
Recovery from Surgery
There is swelling and there may be some bruising of the labia. This resolves in 1-2 weeks with cold compresses applied to the area. The sutures will dissolve in 2-3 weeks. Although you can resume normal activity the day after surgery vigorous physical activity is limited to four weeks and sexual activity for six weeks.
Planning Your Procedure
The procedure is performed at the Plastic Surgery Center. This is performed in a nationally accredited (AAAASF) surgical facility. This ensures that surgery is done in complete privacy and that it is done with the highest quality of patient safety standards for ambulatory surgery. Prior to surgery all cases are reviewed in conjunction with Dr. Williams and anesthesia.
Depending upon your present health and the type of procedure planned it may be necessary to have lab work and medical clearance prior to surgery.
Dr. Williams will discuss with you and give you instructions for before and after your surgery. The surgery is an outpatient surgery. That means that you will be able to go home after the surgery. It will be necessary for you to have a caregiver with you for 24 hours after your surgery. This is to ensure your safety and that all necessary post-operative instructions are followed. If you do not have a caregiver, arrangements can be made for this. Dr. Williams understands that patients and their caregivers often have anxiety, concerns, and questions after surgery. Dr. Williams is always available 24 hours a day to respond to you. Every effort is made throughout to make certain that you have a great experience and that you obtain your best possible results.
Recovery from Surgery
There is swelling and there may be some bruising of the labia. This resolves in 1-2 weeks with cold compresses applied to the area. The sutures will dissolve in 2-3 weeks. Although you can resume normal activity the day after surgery, vigorous physical activity is limited for four weeks. Do not place tampons or have sexual activity for six to eight weeks after surgery.
Cost of Surgery
It is rare for insurance to cover this procedure. The cost of surgery depends upon the extent of the surgery required. The cost ranges from $3,500-$4,200.
Commonly Asked Questions About Labiaplasty
What is the Difference Between Labiaplasty and Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Non-surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation uses a laser or a thermal energy device to improve collagen production to tighten and contract the labia and vaginal tissues. The non-surgical procedure usually requires several treatments. Depending upon how your tissue responds the results may be unpredictable and uneven. Labiaplasty surgically removes excess and lax tissue and contours the labia to give a symmetrical result. Labiaplasty Surgery gives a consistent result to match the patient’s goals.
When is the Final Healing and Result of Labiaplasty?
The final result of a Labiaplasty is dependent upon the extent of the surgery and the patient’s general health. Generally it is 3-4 months after surgery.