Labiaplasty: Clarifying Misconceptions

By Dr. James White

After childbirth, many women experience changes in the vaginal area which can result in discomfort, pain and even embarrassment due to enlargement of the labia [lips] of the vagina. Labiaplasty is an elective procedure to address symptoms resulting from an enlarged, stretched or torn labia.

Once stigmatized as taboo, labiaplasty has become a popular procedure for females within the past decade. Not only have improvements in surgical techniques made this procedure more common, increased awareness has dissolved many misconceptions associated with the procedure.

Thanks to a greater availability of patient education, many women are beginning to acknowledge labiaplasty [not falsely as an act of genital mutilation intended to achieve an ideal aesthetic or “designer vagina”] as a legitimate procedure which can correct deformities of the vaginal area associated with discomfort, irritation and personal hygiene problems. For those who experience pain while cycling, sitting, sexual intimacy or wearing certain clothing, labiaplasty can improve quality of life by repairing basic functionality and alleviating the discomfort associated with a hypertrophic [enlarged] or stretched labia. Ultimately, the goal of this procedure is to correct the conditions causing discomfort or embarrassment.

Labiaplasty – The Procedure

Often referred to as vaginal rejuvenation, labiaplasty, is a surgery intended to reduce the size of the labia minora or labia majora. Considered a relatively simple and straightforward procedure, labiaplasty involves the surgical removal of excess tissue of the outer or inner labia plus or minus liposuction of the surrounding fat pads.

Completed with local anesthesia and IV sedation, labiaplasty can be completed in 1-2 hours. Six weeks following labiaplasty, patients must be sure to keep the area clean and avoid activities such as bike riding, sex and strenuous exercise. The cost for labiaplasty at our Chattanooga Cosmetic Surgery practices starts around $3000 [includes surgical facility fees, anesthesia fees].

Is labiaplasty right for me?

Labiaplasty may serve as beneficial if you experience the following conditions:

  • stretched or lengthened labia
  • an inner labia which excessively protrudes from the outer labia
  • discomfort in the vaginal area while wearing certain clothing or performing certain tasks.

It is also important to note that candidates must be in good health and must refrain from tobacco or nicotine use before and after undergoing this procedure.

Inferior surgical techniques and outrageous marketing claims have contributed to the controversy surrounding labioplasty. However, for a patient exhibiting noticeable symptoms and realistic expectations, labiasplasty can improve one’s quality of life- eliminating irritation and embarrassment. If you are interested in labiaplasty, call (423) 648-4011 to book your private, complimentary consultation. All examinations are completed with detail to utmost modesty and chaperoned.

We at Advanced Surgical Concepts strive to provide our patients with a comfortable, Christian atmosphere. Regardless of your concerns, we promise to treat each case with dignity and compassion.

For a complimentary consultation call (423) 648-4011.