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Some women are unhappy with the size, shape, or look of their inner labia (inner vaginal lips). Aging, genetics, and childbirth can all adversely affect a woman’s physical comfort and diminish the visual appeal of the labia minora and labia majora. Labia that are enlarged, long, or asymmetrical can cause embarrassment and even physical irritation. Labiaplasty surgery addresses these concerns and provides a labial appearance and function that allows women to be both comfortable and confident. Clitoral hood excess can also be addressed laterally for harmony with the reduced labia. Columbia, MD Labiaplasty Specialist Dr. Sarah Mess offers patients personalized care.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
Labiaplasty surgery or Vaginal Rejuvenation is performed with local anesthesia and takes one to two hours to complete. A numbing cream readily absorbs into the labia, and a painless injection of buffered local anesthesia is administered to numb the area completely. Excess labial tissue is removed using a wedge-excision technique that preserves the natural borders of the labia, including the color, contour, and texture. The scar will be inconspicuous and is designed to lie in the groove between the labia minora and labia majora. Dr. Mess takes patient input into consideration when placing the incision in order to achieve their desired aesthetics.
Thinking About Having Labiaplasty?
If you have considered labiaplasty, you are not alone — more than 10,000 women in the U.S. had labiaplasty surgery last year.1 Benefits of labiaplasty can include:
Exercise Without Irritation
Overly large labia minora may be physically in the way and inhibit your performance during exercise and sports. They may rub against each other, your legs, or your clothing and cause irritation and even rashes. Vaginal Rejuvenation surgery can allow you to participate in physical activities without this discomfort.
Have More Clothing Options
The presence of large labia may be uncomfortable in tight jeans, and women are often embarrassed that elongated labia will be visible through swimsuits or tight clothing. After labiaplasty, you can wear a wider variety of clothing without worrying about protruding labia.
Enjoy Intimacy More
Enlarged, asymmetrical, or otherwise irregular labia may cause physical and emotional discomfort that detract from your satisfaction during intimacy. Some women are embarrassed about the appearance of the labia minora and refrain from sexual intimacy altogether. Others may experience physical irritation of their labia during intercourse. Studies show that labiaplasty can improve sexual satisfaction.2
Labiaplasty Recovery Timeline
As an outpatient procedure, labiaplasty allows patients to recover in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. Dr. Mess will give you specific instructions to follow to ensure you have the safest and most effective recovery possible.
Days 1 through 3
Results will be immediately apparent, but swelling and mild discomfort will likely exist. Patients should relax and recline with ice packs. After the third day of recovery, most patients can return to work.
Weeks 2 to 3
The absorbable sutures may cause itching as the tissues heal, and the remaining sutures will be removed. Patients may resume exercise but should avoid mechanical rubbing of the labia, such as with bicycle riding, horseback riding, and sexual intercourse.
After Week 6
Patients may resume sexual intercourse, strenuous exercise, and other regular activities.
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How much does a Labiaplasty cost?
We believe patients make better decisions when they understand the options and price ranges for labiaplasty. We are happy to provide a basic price range for labiaplasty, but final costs cannot be determined prior to your consultation appointment with Dr. Mess.
The best way to know about procedure pricing is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Mess. Our Columbia office is conveniently located and easily accessible from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Your comprehensive labiaplasty quote will also include the following:
- All appointments before and after your procedure
- Surgeon’s fee
- Facility and supply fees
Price Range for a Labiaplasty- $4000- $5500
Frequently Asked Questions About Labiaplasty
Will I have visible scars from labiaplasty?
The natural folds and skin texture of the labia hides scars very well and after you are healed labiaplasty scars are typically so undetectable that even your gynecologist may not notice them!3
What are the risks of labiaplasty?
All surgical procedures involve some risk of side effects or complications. Labiaplasty surgery risks include bleeding, infection, and over-resection which can result in vaginal dryness and pain.4 Dr. Mess prioritizes patient safety throughout your procedure.
Can I have children after labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty should not interfere with your ability to get pregnant or give birth.
Is labiaplasty part of a Mommy Makeover?
Some women choose to include labiaplasty as part of their Mommy Makeover, and if you are interested in multiple body reshaping procedures, you can discuss options with Dr. Mess. Mommy Makeover is a totally customized rejuvenation plan.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2018 National Plastic Surgery Statistics. Available at: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2018/plastic-surgery-statistics-report-2018.pdf Accessed January 7, 2020
2 Veale, D., Naismith, I., Eshkevari, E. et al. Psychosexual outcome after labiaplasty: a prospective case-comparison study. Int Urogynecol J 25, 831–839 (2014) doi:10.1007/s00192-013-2297-2
3 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Four common questions women have about recovery after labiaplasty. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/four-common-questions-women-have-about-recovery-after-labiaplasty Accessed January 7, 2020
4 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgical Options. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/vaginal-rejuvenation/labiaplasty Accessed January 7, 2020