The labia minora are two thin folds that form part of the vulva and lie between the fuller, thicker labia majora. They serve to protect the clitoris and the urinary and vaginal orifices. For some women, both labia can be too long, or they can be asymmetrical. Labia reduction surgery from Prestige Aesthetic Center can correct these issues permanently, resulting in an improved cosmetic appearance and a lessening of the irritation that can come when tight clothing chafes the excess tissue.
Plan Your Procedure
Average Cost: $4,500 to $5,000
Areas Treated: Vaginal
Anesthesia: Local/sedation or General
Technique: Trim, wedge, laser
Surgery Time: 1-2 hours
Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks
Recovery Location: Outpatient
Final Results: 4-6 months
What is Labiaplasty?
This type of vaginal plastic surgery is either performed with local anesthesia with oral sedation or, in rare cases, under general anesthesia. There are two main forms: The labia majora reduction reduces the size of the outer lips of your vagina while a labia minora reduction lessens the size of the inner lips.
The most common way a Labioplasty is done is the trim procedure, which involves the cosmetic gynecologic surgeon removing the excess tissue and suturing the area. Another option is the wedge procedure, in which a pie-shaped segment of tissue is removed, allowing for the maintenance of a natural border. Some patients may elect to also undergo a vaginal tightening procedure or have extra folds removed from the clitoral hood at the same time.
After recovering from a Labiaplasty in Miami, patients notice a marked reduction in the length of their labia that reduces twisting and tugging as well as the tendency for tissue to hang below a bathing suit. Patient satisfaction rates for this type of surgery are very high at over 90 percent.
Candidates for Labiaplasty
A perfect candidate for Labioplasty is generally anyone who is in good health, does not smoke and suffers discomfort or embarrassment due to the length, asymmetry or distorted appearance of their labia. This is particularly true if these feelings interfere with daily activities like removing clothing in a locker room, exercising, prolonged sitting or engaging in sexual intercourse.
While this procedure is not generally recommended for people under 18, labia reduction surgery can be considered on a case by case basis in consultation with the patient, parents and the cosmetic gynecologist.
Benefits of labia reduction surgery
For some women, excessively long or asymmetrical labia can lead to both embarrassment and discomfort. Atypically extended tissue can become twisted, tugging or chafing painfully against underwear or a bathing suit. The abnormally long tissue can also fall out of your suit, leading to embarrassment and causing many patients to avoid activities such as swimming.
After getting a Labioplasty, patients’ pain and physical and emotional discomfort can be markedly reduced once the length of the tissue is decreased. As a result, sexual activity and exercise can become a normal and pleasurable part of life. In addition, the vagina will appear smaller, neater and more visually appealing. Finally, those wishing to wear tighter-fitting clothing during work or exercise can do so without worrying about their appearance.
Your Initial Consultation
This is the time when you will have the opportunity to share with your cosmetic gynecologic surgeon exactly how the current size or structure of your labia affect your daily life and activities. The doctor will thoroughly examine your vaginal area to determine if a Labiaplasty Miami is right for you and will address any questions or concerns you may have. During this visit, you can also talk to staff members about making financial arrangements to pay for your procedure should you elect to move forward.
This is an outpatient operation, which means that you will be able to go home the same day. After administering general or local anesthesia, your surgeon will use either the trim or wedge technique to decrease the size or asymmetry of the labia. Procedures such as clitoral hood reduction, mons pubis liposuction or a vaginal tightening procedure called Viveve may be performed at the same time. Once the surgeon has completed their work, the area will be sutured closed, and you will be able to go home soon afterward.
Recovery from your cosmetic vaginal surgery (Labiaplasty)
Before you go home on the day of your surgery, your doctor will provide you with a complete set of post-op instructions, including how to take care of your incision and ways to manage pain. Your doctor may give you prescription pain medication for discomfort, and you will be required to rest and recover for several days.
Many patients are able to resume their regular routine within one to two weeks, although you must abstain from sexual intercourse for at least six weeks. Over the ensuing weeks and months, swelling and discomfort will increase, and you will be able to see the changes in the appearance of your vagina.
Cost of Labiaplasty Miami
Although what you will pay for this type of vaginal plastic surgery will depend on your individual needs, the complexity of your procedure and the doctor performing it, you can expect to pay at least $2,500 for a Labiaplasty in Miami. Be sure to ask our Prestige Aesthetic Center staff about financing arrangements for this life-changing procedure.
Contact us for your Labiaplasty surgery
Vaginal surgery is extremely intimate and personal and should only be entrusted to the best and most discreet professional. Dr. Giselle Ghurani has dedicated her entire career to transforming the lives of her patients via highly successful, specialized and customized intimate cosmetic procedures. Patients continue to rave about her unique combination of compassion, empathy and candor as she guides them through every step of their vaginal plastic surgery.
She and her knowledgeable staff are committed to ensuring your maximum comfort. No question or concern is too small, and we treat each patient with unparalleled empathy and care from the time you first walk in for your free consultation until your final follow-up visit. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation where you can learn whether a labia reduction procedure is right for you.
Although it is possible to sedate patients with general anesthesia for this procedure, this option is rarely used. That is because most patients can undergo this minor surgery with only local sedation, which leads to a faster recovery and fewer side effects and complications.
The procedure lasts one to two hours and is usually conducted in the doctor’s office. In some cases, however, it is done in a hospital setting.
Scarring is minimal for this procedure, especially if the wedge method is used to remove extra labial tissue. The scarring that does occur is usually tiny since the tissue has a good blood supply and the area tends to already have a wrinkled appearance. In most cases, pain from scarring resolves in three to six months.
Discomfort is mild for most people after this procedure. It can be reduced with medications and by placing an ice pack on the affected area for 20 minutes at a time. Although some swelling, discomfort and bruising are to be expected, recovery is usually fast, enabling you to resume most of your regular routine within a week to 10 days. The exception is sexual intercourse and tampon use, which should be avoided for at least six weeks.
After surgery, it is normal for your labia to be more sensitive. As a result, you may experience burning when urinating for the first few weeks after your operation. That being said, this surgery does not affect vaginal sensitivity.
All surgeries come with risks, and that includes vaginal rejuvenation surgeries such as this. In rare cases, patients may experience bleeding, infection, scarring and nerve damage. However, having your procedure done by a board-certified surgeon like Dr. Giselle Ghurani at the Prestige Aesthetic Center can minimize the chances of negative effects.
For most people, the answer is yes. The old-school procedure involves clamping excess labial tissue at its base, cutting it off and suturing the wound, sometimes resulting in crushed or damaged labial tissue. By contrast, the laser method involves marking the excess tissue to be excised, grasping it with a forceps and using a CO2 laser to remove the tissue. Excellent outcomes are produced with this innovative method, and there is no accompanying labial damage.
In most cases, you can resume your regular routine after a week to 10 days.
Every patient and procedure is different. For that reason, you should ask your cosmetic gynecologist for specific guidance concerning this issue. In most cases, however, patients can resume sexual activity after six weeks post-op.