Labiaplasty is a cosmetic genital surgical procedure that will reduce the size or change the shape of the small lips on the outside of the vagina (the labia minora). Many women are born with large or irregular labia. Others develop this condition after childbirth or with aging. The appearance of the enlarged labia can cause embarrassment with a sexual partner or loss of self esteem. Some women just want to look “prettier” like the women they see in magazines or in films. Chronic labial irritation can sometimes develop in women who wear tight clothing. Discomfort can occur with sex, sports or other physical activities. Labiaplasty can greatly enhance the cosmetic appearance of the outer vagina giving many women greater confidence and self esteem. Women whose labia become irritated and painful will often find relief after surgery.
I Don’t Have Children. Can I Still Have A Labiaplasty?
Yes. Whether you have had children or not is not the issue. The issue is whether the enlarged labia cause physical discomfort or unhappiness because of their appearance.
Where Is The Labiaplasty Surgery Performed?
The surgeries are performed in our private, AAAHC accredited outpatient surgical center.
What Is The Average Length Of Labiaplasty Procedure?
The average length of Labiaplasty Procedure is about 1 hour.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used For Labiaplasty Surgery?
Labiaplasty can be performed under local anesthesia or under sedation delivered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. You can be asleep during the procedure and will awaken within minutes after the surgery is completed. You will not be paralyzed or intubated during the surgery. Please note that we offer a choice of local anesthesia or sedation. We feel that some of our patients are more comfortable using this form of anesthesia.
What Are the Risks Involved In Labiaplasty Surgery?
The most common risks of surgery may include bleeding, infection, and scarring, however these are very unusual. Most patients recover within few days and resume their activities almost immediately.
What Is The Postoperative Period Like?
You will have discomfort at the surgical site for the first few days, which will then decrease. All patients are sent home with prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics. Full healing takes approximately six weeks. All sutures used are absorbable and therefore do not need to be removed.
How Many Post Operative Visits Are Required After Labiaplasty Surgery?
For our patients we recommend post operative visits at two days, four weeks and eight weeks to insure proper healing and excellent results. For our patients from out of town we recommend, if at all possible, a post operative visit at three to four weeks.
When Can I Return To Work Post Labiaplasty Surgery?
Most patients return to work in two days after surgery. Medical excuse letters for work are available upon request.
When Can I Resume Exercise Post Labiaplasty Surgery?
We recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for at least two weeks aftersurgery.
When Can I Resume Sexual Activity Post Labiaplasty Surgery?
Sexual activity usual can resume six weeks after the Labiaplasty.
Will Labiaplasty Surgery Result In Decrease In Sensation?
For the vast majority of women the clitoris is the structure associated with sensory pleasure, not the labia. As such you should not notice any loss of pleasurable sensation after surgery.
Will Labiaplasty Alter The Skin Surrounding My Clitoris?
Usually this area is not altered during the surgery. Some women do have excessive skin in this area and it can be trimmed to give a more pleasing and natural appearance at the time of surgery. This can be discussed at the time of consultation.
Will My Sexual Partner Notice A Difference After My Labiaplasty Surgery?
If the labia were interfering with intercourse, both of you will notice an improvement. Visually, your partner should notice that your labia are now smaller and better proportioned.
Does Insurance Cover The Cost Of Labiaplasty Surgery?
Insurance usually does not cover this surgery because it is considered elective cosmetic procedure.
Are Financing Plans Available?
Yes. We have arrangements with two financial institutions for no interest and low interest financing of your surgery.
If I Do Not Live In The Chicago Area, Can I Schedule My Consultation The Same Day As Surgery?
Yes. Many of our out of town patients have their consultations a day prior to surgery. At this time we perform a physical exam and discuss the surgery that interest you in full detail.