Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reshape the labia minora (the skin that covers the vaginal opening and clitoris). This procedure reduces the redundant labia minora which for some women can be a source of pain during intercourse and discomfort when wearing tight-fitting clothing.
We believe you need to be well-informed about the procedure in which you are interested, including the pre- and post-operative expectations. At your initial consult, the physician will meet with you about your concerns and personal goals. Feel free to bring in images of looks that you do or don’t like to help us understand your aesthetic tastes and goals. The surgeon will then examine you, and offer her opinion on how to achieve your goals, based on best practices.
Choosing a surgeon is an intensely personal decision. We encourage you to take time to question the physician and her team. We believe the formation of a personal bond is an integral part of the surgery and healing process.
The surgery usually takes about 1 hour of time, but is longer or shorter based on the patient’s needs. The procedure is performed with either general anesthesia or local anesthesia. This is an outpatient procedure, so you will go home the same day.
Recovery is relatively quick, but varies with the extent of the procedure for each patient. Absorbable stitches are used to close the incision. Patients will use a peri-bottle to rinse the area. Patients find they are able to resume a non-strenuous schedule after 1-2 weeks. Most can return to strenuous activity levels in 6-8 weeks.
Labiaplasty, as with all surgical procedures, carries a certain amount of risk. It is important that you understand these risks, and the possible complications or adverse events associated with surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the surgical risks with you during your consultation and pre-operative appointments.
Contact the Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery
If you have questions about labiaplasty and vaginal cosmetic surgery, or if you would like to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, please contact the Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery.