What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty, is vaginal reconstruction surgery that reduces the size of the labia minora so it doesn’t protrude beyond the labia majora. Women seek labiaplasty for medical or cosmetic reasons.
Women seeking the procedure for medical reasons often want to address discomfort from enlarged labia. Enlarged labia cause pain and irritation during sexual activity, exercise, or when wearing tight clothing. Women may also want to correct asymmetry caused by the protruding, and enlarged skin of the labia minora.
Labiaplasty can also be performed for cosmetic reasons. Women who seek the procedure for vaginal cosmetic surgery reasons may be unhappy with the way their labia look, which can affect self-esteem and intimate relationships.
Ideal Candidates for Labiaplasty
Ideal candidates for labiaplasty are healthy, non-smoking adults who experience medical or cosmetic symptoms related to enlarged labia. This type of vaginal rejuvenation has an extremely high satisfaction rate as reported by numerous studies.
Labiaplasty surgery is performed at Dr. Mahmood’s surgical suite in Union Square, NYC. Within one hour, Dr. Mahmood is able to meticulously create a symmetrical and natural result while ensuring patients are comfortable throughout the procedure.
The goal of Dr. Mahmood’s vaginal rejuvenation procedures is to:
- Preserve or restore natural contour
- Remove excess skin and tissue
- Retain pleasurable sensation in the area
- Achieve minimal patient downtime and scarring
The two primary labiaplasty surgical techniques for removing the excess skin and tissue in a labiaplasy are the trim and wedge techniques.
The trim technique is the most common labiaplasty method. This approach creates an incision that removes the outer edge of the inner labia, which creates symmetry between the inner and outer labia.
An additional benefit of the trim technique is it trims the darkest part of the labia which, for many women, is a leading cosmetic consideration for the procedure.
The wedge technique is an alternative to the trim. This approach calls for the removal of a “wedge” from both sides of the labia and then stitches the remaining edges together using dissolvable sutures.
Vaginal reconstruction surgery can be performed with topical, local, or under general anesthesia, or oral or IV sedation based on patient preference.
Preparing for Surgery
To prepare for vaginal reconstruction surgery, patients should avoid specific medications that may increase bleeding, including:
- herbal supplements (fish oil, ginkgo biloba, turmeric)
- anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Advil)
Patients should also make preparations for someone to escort them home from our Union Square, NYC surgical suite after the procedure.
Recovery & After Care
Labiaplasty recovery is about four to six weeks. Mild discomfort at the surgical site is common and will typically resolve over the course of the initial 1-2 weeks.
While recovering from labiaplasty, patients should intermittently ice the area and elevate their hips for the first 24-48 hours to reduce swelling.
Recovery milestones for the procedure vary on a patient-by-patient basis, however, in general:
- Most patients return to work 2-4 days after their procedure.
- Any stitches used in surgery will dissolve within 3-4 weeks.
- Patients can resume normal exercise 4 weeks after surgery, though more strenuous exercise should be approached with caution.
- Patients can resume use of tampons and intercourse 4 weeks after surgery.
We recommend post-operative visits at two, four, six, and eight weeks after the procedure for patients in Union Square and the greater New York City area. We understand such frequent intervals may be challenging for patients from out of town; for those patients, we recommend a post-operative visit at 3-4 weeks.
Labiaplasty Cost NYC
Labiaplasty surgery is typically considered elective, which means the cost is usually not covered by insurance. The out of pocket cost of labiaplasty surgery varies on a patient-by-patient basis. Dr. Mahmood is committed to helping her Union Square patients achieve the best possible surgical outcome, so every case begins with a comprehensive consultation where she examines the patient and outlines surgery costs and considerations.
Contact us today to book your labiaplasty consolation with Dr. Mahmood – a Board Certified, double Ivy League-trained, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Union Square, NY.