What is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the appearance of the vaginal lips. Women who have gone through pregnancy or those who have experienced a significant weight loss may have enlarged labia. In addition, some women are born with asymmetrical vaginal lips. Abnormal labia can result in an unsightly appearance, but more importantly, it can cause symptoms such as chronic irritations, discomfort during sex, and yeast or urinary tract infections. Women who are unhappy with the appearance of their labia can feel better knowing Las Vegas, NV board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi can make a positive difference. Dr. Khorsandi is an experienced labia rejuvenation surgeon and considers it one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in the city. Labiaplasty cost can vary depending on if both the labia minora (the inner lips) is involved alone or the labia majora (the outer labia) requires a procedure such as fat grafting or skin removal. Labiaplasty involves removing tissue, but for some deflation of the outer lips needs addressing as well.
"I had an under eye lift and labiaplasty revision done with Dr. K. I could not be happier with my eye surgery. It came out perfect. I just had labiaplasty done yesterday, so still healing, but I chose him again based upon my under eye results. My eye surgery required a very steady and precise hand, as the skin that needed to be removed was minimal. One mistake and my eyes would have changed in shape and/or pulled downward. I am sure my labiaplasty results will also be wonderful. You have to be an artist in this profession, not a butcher, and I feel Dr. K is an artist. Dr. K, Cecilia and the staff are kind, compassionate and always made me feel comfortable. They helped alleviate all of my concerns before and after surgery. Cecilia is fabulous and was very attentive to my needs. I highly recommend Dr. K."- S.L. / Yelp / May 31, 2015
"Labiaplasty - ABSOLUTELY worth it!!! (nearly a year on) - Results are amazing - so amazing and natural in fact, that I now feel as though I never had the procedure - hence the late review!!! (can't remember the exact date, but that is close). Labiaplasty is definitely worth it if you get the right surgeon (Dr K!!). The procedure itself was only slightly worse than a dental visit lol.... I wouldn't have liked to have done it without the valium though...The worst part about recovery was the lack of activity - that was really really hard. However, it is only a few weeks and worth the adjustment and wait.It just gets better and better, am so proud of my pretty kitty now! The difference in confidence is subtle but amazing - even in everyday life. It just feels better, and I love shopping for panties now, and can finally wear thongs without feeling uncomfortable.If you want to get this procedure I encourage you. I know it is a scary thing and the first step of booking a consult is that hardest, but it is worth it. Dr K is amazing so if you are close to Las Vegas SEE HIM. As soon as you walk into VIP you know it will be fine.Take is easy during recovery, as once you are fully recovered you won't ever look back. It may be a "hidden" and somewhat minor surgery, but the results are major. All the best :)"- F. / RealSelf / Feb 04, 2017
"THE BEST!!!! - Best. Doctor. Ever.Ive already written a practice (VIP) and procedure review, but will repeat myself here. Dr K is truly gifted, not only in his skill but in his "bedside" manner. As soon as you meet him you will feel comfortable and know you are in capable hands. I always felt respected and cared for, and the results are so good I completely forget I had the surgery now :) Hence the late... - - Best. Doctor. Ever.Ive already written a practice (VIP) and procedure review, but will repeat myself here. Dr K is truly gifted, not only in his skill but in his "bedside" manner. As soon as you meet him you will feel comfortable and know you are in capable hands. I always felt respected and cared for, and the results are so good I completely forget I had the surgery now :) Hence the late review!!I can't speak highly enough about Dr K and his practice. He is top. Any questions or concerns I had were always answered. He is compassionate and also funny, which helps a lot during something like this. He truly is the best doctor!!!"- F. / RealSelf / Feb 03, 2017
Women who are considering labiaplasty should consult with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon. In the past, before surgeons improved this procedure, the approach was to remove the excess tissue and skin deformity using an amputation method. Today, skilled surgeons use aesthetic reshaping techniques so that the labia are not only reduced in size, but also the nerves are protected in the process so that sexual feeling is not compromised. A surgeon with experience will preserve the natural color and contour and create a result that looks visually appealing with minimal to no scarring.
Labiaplasty Surgical Process
The most common approach surgeons take to perform labiaplasty is to use a device known as Iris Scissors. This fine, advanced surgical tool allows the surgeon to reshape the inner folds of the labia. In the process, a clean “V” shaped wedge is made to the vaginal lips, and is removed to reduce the size. The surgeon will carefully work to reshape and reconstruct the lips so that they meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision. Another approach is to use a laser treatment to reduce the labia. This is effective for some patients, but is only recommended in cases where the skin defect is minimal.
Labiaplasty typically takes between 1-2 hours to complete, depending on how complex the surgical case is. It is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility and does not require an overnight stay. Women who undergo labia rejuvenation will need to avoid any activity that may cause swelling and bleeding, such as exercise, sexual activity, douching, and the use of tampons. These activities can be resumed slowly around 4-6 weeks post-op. Women find that the results of this procedure look so natural that their self-confidence and self-image are improved drastically.
Labiaplasty is a surgery that is sometimes covered by medical insurance. This is generally the case if the condition is causing problematic symptoms. The procedure itself can run between $5,500 (In office) -$6,500 (OR). It is a procedure that is now offered by many board-certified plastic surgeons.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,800 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
An OBGYN or a Plastic Surgeon?
When researching the aesthetic surgery market, most patients will find that a large majority of plastic surgery practices offer labiaplasty. While many OBGYNs are capable of performing labia rejuvenation, the procedure is most often considered cosmetic. An OBGYN will be able to surgically remove any excess that exists within the labia; however, a plastic surgeon will consider the aesthetics to ensure that scarring is minimal, and that color, contour, and symmetry look and feels natural.
As with any surgery, there may be numbness in the vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This is temporary as the skin and vaginal lips heal. In regards to sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation effects, for the most part, the vaginal lips only. Sensitivity is served by the clitoris. A skilled board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in labiaplasty will work around this area so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.
Does It Affect Intercourse?
Labiaplasty, when performed by a skilled surgeon, will only improve sexual intercourse. In many cases, this is because the excess skin and tissue that may have gotten in the way during sex before will now be removed. The clitoral region will be protected and the sensory nerves preserved so that sexual intercourse is not impacted in a negative way.