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Labiaplasty


Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of the labia, more commonly known as the vaginal lips. Women who are unhappy with the appearance, size, color, or shape of their labia may be interested in labiaplasty. Labial hypertrophy, a condition in which the labia minora (inner vaginal lips) are enlarged, can occur due to genetic abnormalities, childbirth, or aging. This condition can be a source of anxiety and poor self-confidence because of the appearance, physical discomfort, and even pain associated with having enlarged labia minora. Labiaplasty is a safe procedure that can improve the aesthetics and functional abilities of the labia minora and can also improve your comfort and confidence.

Labiaplasty Procedure Options

Trim Method

  • Performed as an outpatient procedure
  • Usually performed with local anesthesia
  • Trims away excess tissue from the outer edge of the labia minora
  • Reduces the size of the labia minora and leaves the tissue looking youthful and pink
  • Best for women who desire improvement in both the size and color of the labia minora

Wedge Method

  • Performed as an outpatient procedure
  • Usually performed with local anesthesia
  • Surgically excises a V-shaped wedge of tissue from each labial fold
  • Pulls together the remaining tissue using stitches
  • Leaves the outer edge of the labia minora intact and preserves its natural color
  • Best for women who desire size improvement but want to keep the natural coloration of the labial edge

Other Options

Liposuction:
  • Suctions out unwanted fat from the pubic area
  • Creates a slimmer pubic area with no fat bulges
  • Best for women who have fat deposits in the pubic area due to genetics, puberty, or weight gain
Fat Transfer:
  • Removes surplus fat from the belly or thighs and transfers it to the labia majora (outer lips)
  • Adds sensual fullness to make the labia appear more youthful
  • Best for women who have lost fullness in the labia due to weight loss or aging

Recovery

You may experience some pain or discomfort after your labiaplasty procedure. Medications will be provided to ensure your comfort until the pain subsides. Swelling and numbness may persist for approximately two weeks.
If your job is relatively sedentary, you may be able to return to work about three to four days after your procedure. Otherwise, you should be able to return to work after one week. Avoid lifting heavy objects for at least one week, and avoid swimming or remaining submerged in water for four to six weeks after your surgery to reduce the risk of infection. You may be able to resume sexual activities sometime between four and 12 weeks after your procedure. This is entirely dependent on your healing process and will vary from patient to patient.
Medications such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and a mild narcotic may be prescribed to you for managing discomfort and swelling. You may also be given an antibiotic ointment to apply to the labia. Take any medications as prescribed to ensure a healthy and successful recovery.
Women who choose the trim method may have some visible scarring along the edge of the labia minora. This scarring should be minimal and will likely fade over time. Women who choose other labiaplasty methods will not have visible scarring.

Frequently Asked Questions

On average, labiaplasty takes approximately one hour.
The cost of labiaplasty, including surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and other related fees, is generally $3,500 to $4,500 at Setty Plastic Surgery.
Like all surgeries, labiaplasty carries some potential risks. These include nerve damage, bleeding, infection, scarring, and anesthesia complications. Dr. Setty can answer all your questions and concerns regarding labiaplasty during your personal consultation.
Labiaplasty can help women who struggle with a variety of concerns. Women may be unhappy with the appearance of the labia, and this can cause them to feel self-conscious and avoid intimacy. Women with labial hypertrophy may notice that their labia minora are visible even when their legs are together or that their labia are noticeable when wearing certain pieces of clothing. The size of the labia may cause discomfort or irritation during intercourse and exercise. Labial hypertrophy may also make it difficult to maintain proper hygiene. Labiaplasty can help minimize all of these issues and restore a more attractive size, shape, and color to the labia.
If you avoid future pregnancies and if no trauma occurs to the labia after your procedure, your results should be long lasting.

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Dr. Naveen Setty, MD, F.A.C.S.
Dr. Naveen Setty, MD, F.A.C.S.
175 Ridge Road, Suite 200
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 214-842-6960

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