and finally feel comfortable with yourself.
Labiaplasty in a Nutshell
- Invasiveness 40% 40%
- Pain Factor 50% 50%
Local Anesthesia, but can be performed under General Anesthesia
4 – 6 weeks before resuming sexual intercourse
In some women, the labia protrude to the point where clothing can chafe and cause discomfort, or they may even make sexual intercourse difficult or uncomfortable. Some women may just feel their labia are not aesthetically pleasing. If you’re one of those women, you may be a candidate for labiaplasty.
This surgical procedure usually entails a reduction in the size, and an enhancing of the shape of the labia minora, the labia majora, or both. During labiaplasty, one or both sets of labia may be trimmed, reshaped, shortened, made thinner, or corrected to gain symmetry. The procedure is also sometimes referred to as labial reduction or labial beautification.
What Labiaplasty Can do For You
Cost of Labiaplasty
What Causes the Labia to Enlarge?
How is Labiaplasty Performed?
Step-by-Step: Labiaplasty Surgery
Labiaplasty vs. Vaginoplasty
Non-Surgical Laser Labia Tightening
Botched Labiplasty Correction
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Do For You
Sometimes, enlarged labia can even be visible through tight clothing, or thin garment such as swimsuits, causing embarrassment for some women. Labiaplasty offers a smooth, unobtrusive look so you can feel confident no matter what you wear.
If you simply feel your labia are unattractive due to their size or shape, a labiaplasty can help you feel better about your body, and happier in general.
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Several other factors can also affect the overall cost, such as having other associated procedures at the same time as the labiaplasty.
Keeps Price the Same
- Surgery on either the labia minora or the labia majora has no difference in price. Cost will only increase if both sets of labia are included in a single procedure.
- Reduction of only one side of the labia
- Labiaplasty revision or correction (secondary surgery)
- Combination with associated procedures such as vaginoplasty, clitoral hood reduction, or G-spot injection
- Reduction of both labia minora and labia majora increases overall cost, but reduces individual procedure cost
- General Anesthesia (adds $1,000 to the overall cost)
What Causes the Labia to
How is a Labiaplasty
Local anesthesia is usually administered for labiaplasty, but it may be performed under general anesthesia, especially if you're combining the surgery with other procedures. Dr. Giannoulias will discuss this with you during your pre-surgical consultation.
Once anesthesia is administered, a laser is used to modify and sculpt the labia according to your desires, and the goals you and your doctor discussed prior to surgery. Laser surgery is more effective than traditional methods, reducing bleeding, lessening the probability of scar tissue formation, and speeding recovery.
Labiaplasty usually takes about one hour, but surgery may last longer if you elected to have other procedures done simultaneously. After surgery, you'll be sent to the recovery room where our professional surgical staff will monitor you and ensure your comfort. Once you're fully awake and the doctor gives you clearance, you'll be able to go home the same day. Most patients only need a couple days off from work.
Step-by-Step: Labiaplasty Surgery
- Mons Pubis Reduction:
The mons pubis is the area where the lower belly meets the pubic bone. This area is connected to the labia majora, and in some cases, when this area is bulging above the labia, a mons pubis reduction might be performed as part of—or instead of—a labiaplasty.The reduction can be done through liposuction, or in combination with surgical removal of excess skin, if necessary. Tightening up this area can sometimes be all that is required to achieve the desired profile, as it is connected to the labia and provides a lift to this area.
- Clitoral Hood Reduction:
Also referred to as prepuce reduction, this entails trimming the skin folds that surround the clitoris to increase sexual pleasure and improve appearance.
This is a tightening of the vaginal canal, and was once only achieved surgically. However, thanks to innovations in the field of laser technology, we now also offer a non-surgical option for this procedure.
This procedure, also called hymen restoration, repairs a woman’s hymen using specialized laser-surgery technology
This entails removal of excess skin in the perineum (the area between the anus and the vagina), removal or reduction of scarring caused by vaginal childbirth and episiotomies, and tightening of the perineum muscles.
- Laser Depigmentation and Textural Improvement:
The laser technology we use can reduce hyperpigmentation (excessive darkening of the skin), and improve the texture and firmness of the labia.
What is the Difference Between
Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty?
With vaginoplasty, the internal genitalia are enhanced through a tightening of the vagina, literally reducing the diameter of the vaginal canal.
Both labiaplasty and vaginoplasty can be performed simultaneously during the same surgery, thereby reducing the cost that would have been incurred by having both procedures separately.
The Barbie Labiaplasty
During this procedure, most or all of the labia minora (the “inner lips”) are removed to create a completely tight and petite look. By removing this part of the vulva, the labia majora are allowed to close completely, creating a smooth “single line” opening.
In cases where the labia majora are also enlarged, this part of the vulva is also trimmed down to further enhance the streamlined appearance. This is one of the more comprehensive forms of labiaplasty, so we remind our clients that reversal of the procedure is not easily performed.
The Rim Labiaplasty
However, a small part of the labia minora is allowed to protrude slightly outside of the labia majora, or to “peek out.” At the same time, a part of the labia majora is left intact around the vaginal opening, to create a natural-looking, slight rim.
The primary purpose of this procedure is to create a symmetrical look, remove skin folds, and to remove excessively protruding parts of the labia minora. Many women also request this procedure to remove a darker, irregular edge from the labia minora while maintaining a more natural look.
With this option, the labia minora is reduced in size so that the labia majora completely covers it. However, the reduction is less dramatic than it is with a full Barbie procedure. About one centimeter of the labia minora is left intact. This is sufficient for the labia minora to not protrude past the labia majora, allowing the labia majora to close more tightly over the labia minora for a smooth and clean look.
For some women, enlarged labia majora may be visible through their clothing, creating an embarrassing aesthetic. It may also be very uncomfortable in snug pants, or tight garments such as swimsuits. With a labia majora-plasty, you can reduce that discomfort and feel more confident no matter what clothing you wear.
Non-Surgical Laser Labia Tightening
Tiny micropulses of laser light are applied to the skin and the collagen structures beneath the skin, to shrink skin cells and thus tighten the labia majora.
The laser also does not heat the skin. Most patients report only a slightly warm feeling. Because the light is delivered in a pulsing manner, it affects multiple layers of the skin, stimulating the creation of new collagen bundles, increasing firmness and tightening up the area.
Unfortunately, not all women are candidates for this non-surgical procedure. For women who have excess skin, surgical labia reduction may offer better results. Please consult with your doctor about what’s best for you.
Botched Labiaplasty Correction
If you have such a concern, please schedule a consultation with us today, and let’s talk about how we can help you look and feel better.
In this procedure, a laser is used to even out skin tone and improve texture of the labia. This can be performed alone, or simultaneously with a labiaplasty or other procedures in this intimate area. Laser depigmentation is suitable for all skin tones and types.
Question & Answer
When do the results of labiaplasty appear?
While a difference is noticeable within a short time, the optimal results of labiaplasty typically appear within a few months.
Can labiaplasty and vaginoplasty be performed together?
Yes. These procedures are often combined, although they serve different purposes. Labiaplasty is usually performed for cosmetic reasons or minor discomfort, while vaginoplasty is done for more functional reasons, such as tightening the vaginal muscles.
How long before I can engage in sexual activity after my labiaplasty?
At least six weeks. As with most surgeries, labiaplasty takes time to fully heal. Until then, you may risk reopening the surgery site by engaging in penetrative intercourse or other sexual activities.
Will anyone be able to tell that I had labia reduction?
No. There are no visible scars, and the incision lines blend into the natural crease of the labia, and fade over time.
Does labiaplasty affect the nerves in the genital area?
When done properly, labiaplasty should not interfere with your nerves. You may experience some numbing or lessened sensation along the outer edges of the labia for one or two months after the procedure, but this should not interfere with or reduce sexual pleasure.
Can I have a labiaplasty after giving birth?
Yes. Pregnancy can be hard on a woman’s body, and childbirth can sometimes actually tear the labia. This can be easily repaired with labiaplasty.
Does labia reduction surgery hurt?
Not during the procedure, but possibly a little afterward. You will receive local anesthesia prior to surgery so you will not feel anything during the procedure. Afterward, you will be swollen and have some discomfort, but your doctor will provide you with a pain medication prescription.
Can I use tampons after getting a labiaplasty?
Yes. However, we recommend waiting at least one menstrual cycle before starting to use tampons again. The area will be very delicate, and scar tissue will have just formed. Using a tampon too soon may interfere with the healing process. Until you’re fully healed, we recommend using pads.
When can I go back to work?
You may resume light work or desk work duties after about three to four days. During that time, you should be on bed rest, and have plenty of ice on hand. Do not engage in strenuous activities or sports for at least three weeks after surgery.
At what age can I get labiaplasty?
It is generally recommended that women wait until they are at least 18 before considering this procedure. This is due to the fact that the female body can keep growing until a woman is in her early 20s. It’s important that you wait until you are fully developed before having any kind of plastic surgery procedures.
Are there any risks or side effects of labia reduction?
All surgery carries some degree of risk, and complications are always a possibility. Some of the possible side effects you may experience are hemorrhage (bleeding), infection, hematoma (blood clots), and discoloration. You may also have a reaction to the anesthesia. Increased or decreased sensation may also occur. While complications are rare, they are possible. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to reduce the likelihood of experiencing any negative side effects.
How long do labiaplasty results last?
The results of labiaplasty are permanent, but can be adversely affected by childbirth, injury and aging.