About Labiaplasty

A labiaplasty is a procedure that reduces the size of the labia minora, which refers to the inner vagina lips, located inside of the labia majora. Typically, someone who desires a labiaplasty wants to reduce the size of the labia minora so that it does not hang down past the outer lips of the labia majora. A labiaplasty procedure can also address issues regarding the labia majora such as excess skin or atrophy (volume loss) due to aging

Many women desire this surgery for a myriad of reasons ranging from experiencing discomfort during sex, aesthetic goals, or self-consciousness. Whatever the case may be, a labiaplasty is a safe and effective way to alter the appearance of the genital area with minimal downtime.

About the Procedure

Generally a labiaplasty procedure on its own will take between 1 to 2 hours under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. Two techniques are commonly used for a labiaplasty: the most popular type being the “trim” procedure, where an incision is made along the edge of the labia, extra tissue is removed, and then sewn up directly. The “wedge” procedure goes across the labia and tightens the labia minora after a pie-shaped piece of tissue has been removed. Incisions for both techniques are usually closed with absorbable sutures. For most patients, Dr. Buchanan prefers a wedge procedure as it retains the natural labial edge and creates a less prominent scar line but may not be the ideal procedure for all patients.


After your labiaplasty, swelling or slight itching is normal for up to one week. We typically recommend you take 1 to 2 weeks off of work for a full recovery. During this time, over-the-counter pain medications can be taken, in addition to utilizing ice packs to help reduce pain and swelling. Swelling can last up to six weeks, after which use of tampons and sexual intercourse can be resumed. However, if your surgeon utilizes the “wedge” procedure, the recovery time may be slightly longer.

What Results Should I Expect?

Labiaplasty results typically last long term. Pregnancy, child-bearing, aging, and gravity do not have an effect on the results of this procedure. Most women report a high satisfaction rate with this surgery, and you can also expect more comfort and confidence after having this procedure.

How Much Does a Labiaplasty Cost?

The cost of a labiaplasty surgery varies significantly depending on the complexity of your case, the number of procedures involved, and where you live. It’s also important to note that the amount above does not reflect additional surgery costs, including:
– Anesthesia fees
– Operating room costs
– Blood or additional medical testing
– Prescriptions
– Miscellaneous expenses, such as surgeon’s fees

Additionally, the cost of the procedure can be affected by the following circumstances:
– The amount of experience and overall reputation of your surgeon. You’ll find that surgeon’s with many years of experience, or that are highly regarded, will typically cost more.
– The techniques the surgeon uses for the procedure and the complexity of the case.
– Where your surgeon’s practice is located. Typically, larger cities have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you’ve considered a labiaplasty surgery, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help her achieve her surgical goals.

Will Insurance Cover My Labiaplasty?

Typically, health insurance companies do not cover labiaplasty surgery because it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure. However, you should still do your research before proceeding with this surgery and check with your health insurance provider. It is important to be clear on your financial responsibility before undergoing any surgery.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
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