What is labiaplasty? How much does labiaplasty cost? Is it right for me? Dr. Stephanie Ma addresses your most common questions and more.
Labiaplasty, although a common procedure, is one that is not commonly discussed. The truth is, more women than ever before are opting to undergo this surgery, and the reasons they cite may surprise you. Yes, many women who are interested in labiaplasty are unhappy with the appearance of their labia, but sometimes the issues go beyond aesthetic concerns. Indeed, some women experience difficulties with self-hygiene, embarrassment with wearing tight clothing, or discomfort during intercourse or sports.
With the growing popularity of this procedure, we regularly receive questions as patients consider their options. As a female surgeon, Dr. Stephanie Ma provides a unique perspective for patients undergoing this intimate procedure, and today she’s taking time out from her busy schedule to answer some of the most common questions we receive about labiaplasty.
What is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess tissue and reshapes the labia to improve balance, symmetry, and function. Most commonly, this involves addressing the labia minora (inner lips), but often also targets the labia majora and/or clitoral hood, depending on the patient’s concerns and requirements.
How do I know if labiaplasty is right for me?
I first want to acknowledge the fact that the length and appearance of a woman’s labia varies greatly from person to person; there is no “normal” here, and I often stress that patients should choose this surgery for their own reasons, and not to please someone else.
However, if you feel as though the size, shape, or appearance of your labia is causing self-esteem issues, irritation, discomfort during sexual intercourse, skin rashes, or hygiene problems, labiaplasty might be right for you.
In your experience, why do women choose to undergo this procedure?
For many women, this most intimate and private part of their body is a source of constant tribulation. For example, some women experience pain during intercourse, or discomfort (physical or emotional) while wearing swimsuits or yoga pants. Others avoid certain activities such as horseback riding or cycling as a result of excessively long, bulky, or asymmetrical labia. As a result, their self-esteem may become impacted and their relationships strained. What’s more, these women are suffering in silence because these issues aren’t often discussed openly.
Additionally, many labiaplasty patients are mothers who have given birth vaginally, resulting in stretched and loose vaginal tissues that contribute to incontinence and loss of sensation. For these women, the decision to pursue labiaplasty is about more than an aesthetic ideal; it’s about quality of life.
What should I expect from surgery?
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure, and the surgery itself actually takes approximately one hour. I usually tell patients they can expect to be at the clinic for a total of 2.5 to 3 hours, which includes check-in, setup time, and recovery from anaesthetic.
Once general anaesthesia is administered, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is reshaped to achieve your surgical goals, as discussed prior to surgery.
Should I worry about losing sensation?
I take special care to perform this delicate procedure in a way that preserves all sensation. Surgery will not change your ability to become sexually aroused or achieve orgasm.
How long do results last?
The results of your labiaplasty are likely to last indefinitely, and surgery usually does not need to be repeated as a result of age, time or gravity, as long as no significant life events such as subsequent vaginal births occur.
What’s recovery like?
I usually recommend taking a week off from work if you’re able, to allow yourself time to rest and recover. Every patient’s recovery is unique, but most women are able to sit and walk the day of surgery, though swelling and soreness are common for about 1-week post-surgery and can be managed with a cold compress. Light activity such as walking is encouraged, but it’s important to avoid strenuous activities, the use of tampons, and sexual intercourse for 6 weeks after surgery.
What does the scar look like after labiaplasty?
Due to the quality of labia tissue, which naturally has many wrinkles and folds, the scar will be well-hidden and is usually near imperceptible, especially on the labia minora. Many patients even claim their gynecologist hasn’t noticed the scar!
How much does labiaplasty cost at The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic?
“How much does labiaplasty cost?” is one of the most common questions we’re asked. The cost of labiaplasty at The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic is dependant on a variety of factors and the most accurate quote can best be determined by a consultation with our team or by contacting the clinic.
If you’re interested in learning more about labiaplasty, schedule a private, confidential consultation with Dr. Ma today.