What Is Labia Majoraplasty?
Labia majoraplasty is a type of aesthetic vaginal surgery (AVS) designed to reshape the outer lips of your vagina. In some women, the external lips of the vagina can become elongated, bulge or appear asymmetrical. The outer lips, known as the labia majora, may look this way from birth or develop due to childbirth, aging or weight loss. During a labia majoraplasty, the gynecologic surgeon will remove excess skin to reduce and reshape the labia majora.
Labia Majoraplasty Candidates
Labia majoraplasty is an elective procedure that can improve appearance and reduce discomfort. Excess skin in the labia majora can create sagging and wrinkles. In some cases, enlarged labia can be visible in tight clothing, such as swimsuits, leggings and leotards. In addition to aesthetic issues, it may be uncomfortable to wear tight clothing due to excessive sweating or rubbing. Labia majoraplasty can also be performed to correct tearing and scarring from rings or studs.
Your gynecologic surgeon will remove the excess skin and some underlying tissue from the labia majora and then shrink and firm the remaining tissue to leave you with a tighter, more youthful appearance. This outpatient procedure will take approximately an hour. However, the labia majoraplasty may require more time if you elect to have other procedures in the same surgery.
Recovering from a Labia Majoraplasty
Immediately following the procedure, it is common to experience bruising, swelling and soreness. It may take several weeks for the tissue to heal and swelling to subside before you are able to see full results.
You should plan on spending three to four days at home. After that time, you will be able to return to work and light activities. Six to eight weeks after the procedure your gynecologic surgeon will release you to resume normal activities.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The term Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery is also known by other names such as Vaginal Rejuvenation, Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation, Labiaplasty, Vaginoplasty, Designer Laser Vaginoplasty, Perineoplasty, and Hymenoplasty. Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery is a broad term that includes any one of these individual procedures. Since it is a rather new field dealing with the appearance and function of a woman’s private parts, the terminology has not been standardized. In simple terms, Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery and its many names deal with cosmetic surgery of the vulvar and/or vaginal region. It is cosmetic surgery of one’s “Private Parts.”
General anesthesia, IV anesthesia (“twilight”), and local anesthesia are all used depending on where the surgery is performed, the individual’s anxiety level, and the complexity of surgery.
Fortunately, serious risks of aesthetic vulvovaginal surgery are quite rare and seen in less than 1% of cases. Anesthesia is a risk factor because of the very rare possibility of a reaction to either the injected medication or inhaled agents. You can also aspirate food or fluid that can obstruct your breathing tube or even cause a pneumonia. There is risk of infection at the surgical site. There is also a possibility of bleeding or hemorrhage and a need to have a transfusion. With transfusions there is risk of HIV, Hepatitis, and perhaps other unknown viruses. There is even the risk of death. A risk you should also consider is one similar to “buyer’s remorse” when one is not fully happy with the result of surgery. The risk of having the surgery redone or amended is present but fortunately is very rare. We will fully review the risks of surgery before the case is even scheduled and give you every opportunity to have your questions answered.
Undergoing either a labia minoraplasty or a labia majoraplasty takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. However, combination procedures do add time to the case.
Most of these surgeries can be performed in the privacy of my office. A board certified anesthesiologist will put you to sleep with IV medicines and carefully monitor you throughout the procedure. Most patients prefer the office setting for surgery compared to a surgical center due to the following reasons….privacy, efficiency, discretion, cost savings, and rapid recovery from anesthesia.
Yes. I work with highly respected Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons who are able to perform anything from liposuction, tummy tucks, to breast implants or facial reconstruction. Those names can be provided upon request. Your whole “mommy makeover” can be achieved at one time!
The initial consultation is $175. During this initial consultation, we will discuss the risks/benefits/options of surgery, do an examination, discuss costs, and give you every chance to ask questions that are vital to you.
Each procedure varies in cost depending on the length of surgery and difficulty involved. If having a vaginoplasty, a perineoplasty is included. Any secondary procedure(s) is discounted 50%. The listed price is ALL-INCLUSIVE of the facility fee, the surgeon fee, the anesthesia fee, photo documentation, preoperative visits, and postoperative visits if performed in the office. If you request or need to have the procedure performed in a surgery center, then an estimate will be provided at the time of consultation.
YES we do. We have financing programs available, and the application process is quite easy. In fact, you can apply right on our website and get an answer within minutes!