What is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty, or labial reduction, is a term that encompasses a number of procedures targeted at the labia minora and majora (the inner and outer vaginal “lips”), which aim to correct enlarged, discoloured, elongated, or asymmetric labia.
What different types of labiaplasty are there?
There is no one labiaplasty procedure, but rather various procedures aimed at achieving different results. The Barbie or Smooth labiaplasty is the most dramatic, and typically involves full excision of the labia minora for a smooth “single line” look. The Rim or Peek-A-Boo labiaplasty takes a more conservative approach, allowing a small part of the labia minora to protrude or “peek” out from the labia majora. A Hybrid labiaplasty falls somewhere between the two, usually leaving about a centimetre of the labia minora intact, creating a “clamshell” look. Other labiaplasty procedures include the labia majoraplasty, which target the outer vaginal lips, non-surgical laser labial reduction, and laser depigmentation.
Who is eligible for labiaplasty?
Women of any age who are in good overall health and wish to correct the appearance of their enlarged or irregular labia are good candidates for labiaplasty. In addition, women who have experienced pain or discomfort as a result of large labia that rub or pinch during exercise, intercouse, or when wearing tight clothing may find that labiaplasty provides relief for these conditions.
What are the benefits of labiaplasty?
Most women undergo labiaplasties to improve the function and/or appearance of their labia. Labiaplasty aims to correct enlarged, elongated, asymmetrical, discoloured or otherwise irregular labia. For some women, enlarged labia can cause pain and discomfort as a result of rubbing and pinching while exercising or wearing tight clothing, as well as during intercouse. Labiaplasty can address these issues. Moreover, some women are embarrassed by their enlarged labia, which can lead to lower self-confidence in intimate situations. Many women find that their confidence and self-esteem improves after undergoing labiaplasty.
What causes the labia minora to protrude?
Labial hypertrophy, or enlargement, can occur due to a number of factors, including age, childbirth, trauma or injury, hormonal changes (e.g. menopause), chronic irritation, or simply genetic predisposition.
What techniques are used for labiaplasty?
Because labiaplasty is a highly variable procedure, a number of techniques are used, both surgical and non-surgical. Techniques that target the labia minora include trim/edge resection (the trimming of the labial edge), wedge resection (the removal of a V-shaped wedge from the centre of the labia), and de-epithelialization (an elliptical incision). Several variations on these techniques are also performed. Various techniques also target the labia majora, such as liposuction and excision.
How long does labiaplasty take?
Depending on the level of correction desired, labiaplasty typically takes about an hour, and is performed on an outpatient basis.
How long does it take to recover from labiaplasty?
Most women can return to sedentary work within about a week following labiaplasty. Full recovery normally takes a few weeks, and is highly dependent on the individual and the extent of work done. Sexual activity can usually be resumed after 4-6 weeks, under the advice of a physician. Patients are also advised to avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for about 4-6 weeks following surgery. You can expect some swelling, bruising, and tenderness for the first few days, which can be alleviated by applying cold compresses on and off to the surgical area. Some women report mild to moderate pain and discomfort, which can be treated with prescription pain medication. Light, comfortable clothing is recommended for the first few days, and women can wear a light sanitary napkin for comfort and to keep the area clean and dry.
Is there a risk of scarring after labiaplasty?
Scarring is a risk of any surgery that involves incisions. Patients can rest assured that our surgeons use specialized techniques designed to minimize scarring, or to relegate it to discrete areas that follow the labial folds and creases. Laser techniques greatly reduce the risk of scarring, as they seal and sterilize incisions as they are made. For women who are hesitant about undergoing surgery, advances in laser technology have heralded a non-surgical, non-invasive labial reduction option that virtually eliminates the risk of scarring.
What is the cost of labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty costs at Clinic 360 start at $3,700 plus HST. However, the cost of labiaplasty can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the extent of work being performed, the type of anaesthesia, and the number of simultaneous procedures desired. Booking a consultation is the best way to receive an accurate cost estimate.
Will the cost of labiaplasty be covered by my insurance?
Labiaplasty is considered a cosmetic and therefore elective surgical procedure, and is typically not covered by health insurance. Exceptions may be made for procedures that address medical conditions. Patients are advised to consult with their individual health insurance providers.
Are there any risks associated with labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure which, like any surgery, carries a number of risks, mostly associated with bleeding, infection, anaesthesia, and scarring. Patients can rest assured that Clinic 360 takes every measure to mitigate these risks. New developments in laser technology have greatly reduced risks associated with infection, bleeding, and scarring, as lasers are able seal and sterilize tissue as incisions are made. While labiaplasty may be performed under local anaesthesia, any surgical procedures performed under general anaesthesia require the presence of a qualified anaesthesiologist who is fully trained to address any complications that may arise due to anaesthesia.
What other types of surgeries can be performed with labiaplasty?
Many patients undergoing labiaplasties opt for full vaginal rejuvenation, which includes vaginal tightening. Another common procedure that is performed with labiaplasty is a clitoral hood reduction, which focuses on trimming excess skin surrounding the clitoris in order to increase sensitivity during sexual intercourse. This procedure is easily incorporated into labiaplasty, and usually does not require extra incisions. Other procedures that may be performed simultaneously include hymenoplasty (which repairs a broken hymen), mons pubis reduction (liposuction of the area between the belly and vagina), G-spot amplification (the injection of filler to increase the size of the G-spot), perineoplasty (which repairs the area between the vagina and anus), as well as a number of other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation and rhinoplasty. Price adjustments are often available for patients undergoing multiple procedures.
Does labiaplasty hurt?
The labiaplasty procedure is performed under anaesthetic and is therefore pain-free. Patients may experience mild pain or discomfort following labiaplasty, which can be treated with prescription pain medication.
What kinds of results can I expect following labiaplasty?
It is important to have realistic expectations following labiaplasty. Your results may vary based on the desired outcome indicated at your initial consultation, and for this reason it is highly recommended that you discuss in detail at your consultation the level of correction you desire, as once tissue is removed, it cannot be replaced. You can expect your labia to be trimmed and corrected to your desired specifications, and for their symmetry to be restored. For a more concrete idea of what to expect, ask your surgeon for before and after photos from consenting patients. You should start to see results within 2-3 weeks, once all swelling subsides. Full results should be apparent after a few months, as the area heals completely.