Labiaplasty Plastic Surgery

Labiaplasty is a type of vaginoplasty that can relieve the emotional and physical discomfort resulting from abnormalities of the labia majora (outer lips) and labia minora (inner lips) of the vagina. The goal of the surgery is to provide a balanced, symmetrical appearance and improve comfort. Often these distortions of the labia are corrected after pregnancy.

Enlarged inner or outer labia can cause discomfort, embarrassment, or sexual embarrassment. Candidates may have poorly formed labia, which can make everyday activities difficult including sports and the wearing of close-fitting pants and bathing suits. Vaginal surgery can restore the contour of the labia and alleviate these conditions.

Generally fully developed young adult women in good health are the best candidates. Patients with certain medical conditions may not be suitable for this treatment. Also, as the procedure does not result in perfection, expectation management is important.

The Labiaplasty Procedure

After reviewing your medical history, the doctor will explain the risks of the procedure. Techniques used may include surgical reduction of the labia major or labia minor, or both. It is typically performed in an outpatient clinic but may be performed in a hospital, and may take around two hours. General anesthesia is not necessary and the procedure is performed under a local anesthetic.

Recovery From Labiaplasty

The labia and surrounding area will likely be bruised afterward, and may be swollen for several weeks. Oral pain medication may be taken. Oral antibiotics will probably be prescribed to reduce the risk of infection. Severe pain is an indication you must call a doctor immediately. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. You will most likely be restricted from heavy exercise or sexual intercourse for several weeks, and cannot use a tampon for ten days.

How Much Does Labiaplasty Cost?

The procedure has three costs, the local anesthetic, facility fees, and surgeon’s fees. Patients could have a labia majora or labia minora reduction, or both. Both procedures may be done at one time, thereby reducing overall cost.

Labiaplasty fees can range from $5,000 to $10,000. Unless there are medical reasons for your labiaplasty it will most likely not be covered by your health plan. Payment plans may be available, however.

Risks of Labiaplasty

As with any procedure, there are risks of infection. Complications are infrequent but one of the more common is temporary numbness. Other risks include lumps of scar tissue, and sensitivity loss in the treated area.

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