INITIAL RECOVERY TIME: 5 DAYS
FINAL RESULTS: 3 WEEKS
Genetics, childbearing and menopause leave lasting effects on a woman’s body, including in the genital area. While perfectly normal, not all of these changes are easy to live with. Stretched, irregularly shaped, or disproportionately large labia can cause significant discomfort, both physically and emotionally.
Fortunately, there is a lasting solution: labiaplasty. This plastic surgery procedure removes excess, sagging skin to tighten external genital tissues and alleviate discomfort caused by loosened tissues. When performed by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, labiaplasty is safe and can alleviate or eliminate discomfort caused by overlarge labia.
Overly large, stretched or protruding labia can interfere with a woman’s ability to enjoy many activities that we consider a normal part of a healthy life, including exercise, shopping for clothing, and sex. By reducing labia size and firming the external vaginal tissues, the labiaplasty is a procedure that offers benefits that extend beyond cosmetic improvement, including:
Labiaplasty can also be performed as part of a mommy makeover procedure for more comprehensive improvement of breast and body contours following pregnancy and childbirth.
The cost of labiaplasty in Richmond can vary based on your personal needs and aesthetic goals. Please contact Dr. Chen for a personal consultation to discuss your labiaplasty options.
The procedure process begins with a personal consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Chen and his nurse to discuss your concerns and surgical goals. If you and Dr. Chen agree that labiaplasty is the right option for you, we will work with you to schedule a surgery date that fits your schedule.
Labiaplasty can be performed using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the extent of surgery as well as your preferences. Through small incisions located in the natural folds of the labia, excess skin is removed to reduce labia size and restore symmetry.
Dr. Chen’s patients typically enjoy a smooth, swift recovery after their labiaplasty procedure. Mild to moderate swelling is common, but pain isn’t usually an issue. Any discomfort can be controlled with prescription pain medication or Tylenol. You will be able to use the bathroom normally; Dr. Chen will give you instructions for keeping the area clean as you heal.
Followign their procedure, most labiaplasty patients return to work within 2 to 5 days, and exercise that does not place pressure on the labia may be resumed after about 2 weeks. More vigorous activities, including cycling, swimming, and sex, must be postponed for about 1 month. At your consultation, Dr. Chen will discuss the surgery and recovery process in detail and answer any questions you have about the procedure.
The vast majority of women who undergo a labia reduction are satisfied with their labiaplasty results and are glad they underwent the procedure; labiaplasty boasts a 95% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf. Patients report significant improvement in their comfort and self-confidence; many say having the procedure has enhanced their relationship with their partner.
Results will last for many years, so long as you maintain a fairly stable weight. Although the natural aging process will continue, you should experience significantly less sagging in the future than you would have without having the procedure.
If you would like to learn more about labiaplasty, we invite you to contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Richmond board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen M. Chen. Call 804-285-4115, or you may fill out the form below.