About Labiaplasty Surgery
Labiaplasty at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic is a type of female genital refinement that improves the aesthetic appearance of female genitalia. The surgery involves a reduction of the labial lips, typically of the labia minora. They are reshaped, shortened, made thinner or asymmetry is corrected. Therefore, the procedure can also be referred to as labial reduction or labial beautification. An alternate spelling is labioplasty and is commonly performed at the same time as vaginal tightening surgery.
Labia Majora & Labia Minora
Labiaplasty is a term which encompasses a variety of procedures involving the labia majora and labia minora; respectfully the inner and outer “lips” that surround the clitoris and vaginal opening of the female vulva. These procedures are designed to correct and beautify enlarged, asymmetric or otherwise abnormally shaped labial structures, and can also include textural and pigmentation improvements. When more extensive results and corrections are desired, surgical procedures are normally required. However, thanks to new and innovative laser technology, we now also offer several non-surgical options that can provide amazing results.
While you may be embarrassed or shy to talk about your private areas, rest assured labia reduction and associated female genetalia procedures are very popular. There is no need to be afraid to call us at 416-221-5554, we value and respect your privacy, as it it amongst our top priorities!
Most seek labial beautification surgery as a solution to the unattractive appearance of long, thick and hanging labia. The reasons why a woman would decide to have labiaplasty range from wanting a more aesthetically pleasing look, to treating conditions that make sexual intercourse and physical activities uncomfortable. Protruding labial structures could prevent someone from wearing tight clothes, and participating in sports activities. Sometimes enlarged labia can be visible through clothing, and areas rubbing against fabric can cause pain and discomfort. Some women also choose labiaplasty to achieve normal sexual functioning. Enlarged labia minora could for instance be pushed inside during intercourse, causing pain and/or discomfort.
Undergoing labiaplasty or labial reduction in TCClinic may improve a woman's self esteem and general happiness by reducing the size of the labia so that no protrusion of the labia minora exists. Removing excess skin from the vaginal lips and labia will expose parts of the genitalia that are responsive to sexual activity, and may thus increase the chance of sexual gratification.
What Causes the Labia to Enlarge?
Hormonal changes, injury, pregnancy and childbirth, dramatic weight-loss, aging as well as congenital conditions can all cause asymmetrical, misshaped, enlarged, elongated, or “sagging” labial structures.
How is Labia Reduction Performed?
Performed by our gynecological specialist who has had lengthy experience, training and education in the field of female genital refinement, labia reduction is performed under local anesthesia at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic. The surgery is about 1 hour, but the length of the procedure depends on the extent of correction and whether it is performed simultaneously with another procedure. For many women, other procedures, such as vaginal tightening are desired to achieve a complete rejuvenation and beautification of the area.
Next, specific laser techniques are then used to modify and sculpt the appearance of the labia. Laser surgery techniques are clinically proven to reduce bleeding frequency (amount of bleeding), and can also greatly reduce recovery time. Scar formation is also less common, compared to traditional techniques.
Once the surgery is done you will be sent to the recovery room, and then will be able to go home shortly after. Most patients only need a couple days off from work. Please continue to read our page on recovery from labiaplasty so you are aware of what to expect following the surgery.
Step-by-Step Visual to the Labiaplasty Surgery
Before labia reduction.
Using a laser device, the incisions are made to remove excess skin.
The other side of the labia is then reduced in size.
After labiaplasty; both sides of the labia are even and reduced in size.
What Else Can be Done with Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty can be performed alone, or in combination with other procedures, such as for instance:
- Clitoral Hood Reduction: (also referred to as prepuce reduction); trimming of the skin folds that surround the clitoris, to increase sexual pleasure and improve visual appearance.
- Vaginoplasty: surgical or non-surgical tightening of the vaginal passage. Traditionally women would have to have surgery to achieve this, but thanks to excellent innovation in the field of laser technology, we are now also offering excellent non-surgical and absolutely non-invasive vaginoplasty procedures in addition to the traditional surgical methods.
- Perineoplasty: this involves repairing and tightening of the tissues between the vagina and the anus
- Hymenoplasty: repair of a woman’s hymen, utilizing specialized laser-surgery technology
- Perineoplasty: removal or reduction of scarring caused by vaginal child-birth and episiotomies, removal of excess skin in the perineum (the area between the rectum and the vaginal opening), and tightening of the perineum muscles.
- Mons Pubis Reduction: The mons pubis is the lower area of the belly, where the 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 - labiaplasty. The reduction can be done through a liposuction, or in combination with surgical removal of excess skin if necessary. Tightening up this area can sometimes be the all that is required to achieve the desired profile, as it is connected to the labia and provides a lift to this area.
- Laser de-Pigmentation & Textural Improvement: Utilizing the latest in laser technology, these procedures reduce hyper-pigmentation and improve the texture and firmness of the labia, in a non-invasive, pain-free manner.
What is the difference between Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty?
While vaginal tightening surgery reduces the diameter of the vagina, labiaplasty involves the surgical tissue reduction of the labia majora (the lips on both sides of the vulva) and/or labia minora (the lips at the entrance of the vagina) of the female external/internal genitalia. It can also treat asymmetry and any other aesthetic problem related to this area.
The Barbie Labiaplasty
Also referred to as the “smooth look”, this procedure has been rumored to have been invented by a doctor in the USA, in response to women who requested a perfectly smooth look; much like the doll that coined the name.
During this procedure, most – or all – of the labia minora (the “inside lips” of the vulva) is removed, to create a completely tight and petite look. By removing this part of the vulva, the labia majora is allowed to close tightly, creating a smooth “single line” opening. In cases where the labia majora is enlarged or appears “saggy”, this part of the vulva is also trimmed down to enhance the streamlined appearance. The result can be quite stunning! This is one of the more comprehensive forms of labiaplasty, so we remind our clients that reversal of the procedure is not easily performed.
Rim or "Peek-a-boo" Labiaplasty
This is the most common and more conservative of the labiaplasty procedures we perform at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic. During this procedure, both the labia minora and labia majora (the inside and outside lips of the vulva) could be reduced in size, however a part of the labia minora is allowed to protrude slightly outside of the labia majora, 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 also to remove excessively protruding parts of the labia minora. Many women also request this procedure as they want to remove a darker, more irregular edge from the labia minora.
The hybrid procedure is a combination between the traditional/RIM labiaplasty procedure, and the Barbie.
The labia minora is reduced in size so that the labia majora overlaps it, but the reduction is less dramatic than the Barbie. About one centimeter of the labia minora is left intact.
This is sufficient for it to not protrude past the labia majora, allowing it to close more tightly over the labia minora for a smooth and clean shape.
Removing the protruding parts of the labia minora creates a “clamshell” aesthetic look, albeit not as closed or dramatic as the Barbie procedure.
This labiaplasty procedure focuses only on the labia majora; the outer lips. During this procedure, excess skin is normally removed to create a smooth look, and remove any wrinkles. This is the most commonly sought procedure for women who experience sagging skin in this area, which makes the entire vulva look too open. Some refer to this excess skin as “woman balls” or “camel foot” look. In instances where the sagging is less pronounced, we might recommend fat transfer or dermal fillers, instead of – or in addition to - surgical skin removal. This will “puff up” the area, and thus stretch the skin and create a more closed and firm appearance. We also sometimes recommend one of our new non-surgical laser technology procedures, where we stimulate the dermal structures to shrink the skin on the surface, and simultaneously stimulate collagen matrix remodeling of the area below the surface, to increase firmness.
Non-Surgical Laser Labia Tightening
Until recently, no effective non-invasive treatment method existed for labia beautification. As a first in Canada, Toronto Cosmetic Clinic is excited to introduce a revolution in this area! With the Fotona Dynamis Er:YAG laser, we can perform non-contact, non-invasive, high precision procedures in the genital area, which is so pain-free that the patients normally do not require any form of local anesthesia. Tiny micropulses of laser-light is applied to the skin and the collagen structures beneath the skin, to shrink skin-cells and thus tightening the labia majora.
The laserlight is operated in such a manner that heat does not “stack” up, and patients report only a slightly warm feeling. Because the light is delivered in a pulsing manner, which affects different depths of the skin, the area under the skin is also stimulated to create new collagen bundles, which increases firmness and tightens up the area under the skin. Unfortunately not all women are candidates for this non-surgical procedure, for women who have much excess skin, surgical labia reduction may present better results. It is best to speak to a patient consultant if you are unsure.
Botched Labiaplasty Revisions
Quite a few of our clients come to us because they have had surgery somewhere else, and are not pleased with the result. While we feel sorry that some clients have gone through an unpleasant experience elsewhere, we are very happy to report that in the majority of cases we can help correct the situation.
Many women request de-pigmentation and evening out of skin tone and texture in the labial region, either alone, or in conjunction with more extensive labiaplasty procedures. We have the absolutely latest in laser technology available at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, and can perform depigmentation and textural refinement in the most comfortable manner possible. Recent laser innovation enables us to perform these safely and comfortably on all skin types.
When do the results of labiaplasty appear?
While a difference is noticeable within a relatively short time, the optimal results of labiaplasty typically appear within a few months.y.
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 and vaginoplasty is done for more functional reasons, such as tightening the vagina muscles.
When can I engage in sexual activity after my labiaplasty?
As with most surgeries, labiaplasty takes approximately 6 weeks to fully heal. Until then, you may risk reopening the operation site by engaging in penetration intercourse.
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, this procedure should not interfere with your nerves. Some numbing or a lessened sensation could be felt on the outer edges of the labia for 1 or 2 months after the procedure, but this should never interfere or reduce sexual pleasure.
Can you get labia repair after giving birth?
Pregnancy is difficult on a woman’s body and can actually tear the labia. This can be easily repaired and return symmetry to you labia and overall look of your vagina..
Does labia reduction surgery hurt?You are given a local anesthesia during the procedure so you do not actually feel what is going on during the surgery. After labiaplasty you will be swollen and have some discomfort but a pain medication prescriptionis given to alleviate the sensation of any pain.
Can I use tampons after getting a labiaplasty?
Generally, it is suggested that you wait a menstrual cycle before starting to use tampons again. The area will be very delicate and scar tissue will have just formed. You do not want to interfere with the healing process.
When can I go back to work?
You should be on bed rest for a couple of days after this surgery and have plenty of ice on-hand. You may resume ‘light work’ or ‘desk work’ duties after about 3 to 4 days. Do not engage in strenuous activities or sports in the following 3 weeks.
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 20's, it is important that you wait until you are fully developed before going in for cosmetic surgery.
Are there any side effects or risks to labia reduction?
Much like other surgical procedures there are risks and side effects. Risks, depending on the nature of surgery, include hemorrhage, infection, hematoma, and discolouration, as well as risks related to the administration of anesthesia. The chance of complications occurring is under 1%, making it extremely rare. Increased and decreased sensation in the treated may also occur.
How long do the results last?
The results of labiaplasty are permanent, but can be adversely affected by childbirth, trauma and aging.
If I am from out of town, how long do I need to stay in Toronto for after labiaplasty?
It is advised that you stay until the next day to insure that you are healing well from the surgery.