Do you have inner vaginal lips that you feel are too long?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure performed to sculpt the skin surrounding the vaginal opening called the labia. It is the fastest growing cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. according to plastic surgery statistics and has a 90% satisfaction rate according to data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2016. More than 12,000 people had the procedure that year. When elongated, the labia minora (inner labia) may cause issues with poor esteem and self-confidence. The elongated labia can also interfere with exercise and intercourse and even limit clothing. Labiaplasty is a simple procedure that we perform mostly in the office under oral sedation.
Quick facts about Labiaplasty
- Labiaplasty was the fastest growing plastic surgery procedure in 2016
- Medical problems associated with long labia include increase chances of yeast and urinary tract infections
- Psycho-social problems associated with long labia include poor self-esteem and confidence
- Functional problems associated with long labia include pain with sex and sitting, and discomfort in some clothes
- Surgical reduction of the labia can be performed without general anesthesia
Plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang can help Leesburg, VA women feel more attractive and comfortable with surgical vaginal rejuvenation to normalize the shape and size of the labia minora and/or majora. The labia, which are the external lips of the vaginal area, can look oversized or have hanging skin created by genetics, childbirth, pregnancy, or an injury.
A labiaplasty surgically decreases the size of the labia majora and/or minora to create an improved look. This may eliminate irritation and discomfort while boosting sexual pleasure and confidence. Come in for a consult at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA to hear more about labiaplasty and see if you may be a candidate for the surgery.
"It's been over a year and a half since I've been going to Dr. Chang's office, I drive an hour just to get here (although I know some drive three hours or more to see him!). I did a lot of research to find a board certified plastic surgeon in the area with a solid and reputable background.Throughout my visits, he's been incredibly kind and taken the time to listen to my never ending list of questions. There are a lot of doctors that push services that you don't need just for money but he'll be transparent to tell you exactly what he feels you'll need in order to gain improvement and will work with you to see what could be the best outcome. You can also text or email him directly after any invasive procedures if you have any questions/concerns instead of waiting for a follow up. I also don't want to forget the rest of the staff - everyone from the receptionists and nurses have been very gracious, patient and accommodating to my needs but I also want to mention Melanie whose an RN at Dr. Chang's office. She has superb bed side skills and truly makes you feel at ease when you're speaking with her. I've probably annoyed her with a million questions and emails but she's still been stellar. I highly recommend her for any non-surgical procedures. They have a few videos on their website and youtube as well so you have an idea of who they are and the procedures they perform if you want to get a better idea yourself but I definitely recommend them, they're awesome."- M. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"Aesthetica is indeed one of the best cosmetic surgery and laser centers in Loudoun. Dr. Chang is a born artist. Highly recommended!"- S.G. / Facebook / Aug 07, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. Chang and the staff at Aesthetica. The positive, caring staff, including nurse Katy, were outstanding every step of the way, as are the results Dr. Chang delivered. I am 100 percent satisfied with my procedure and will return. Choosing Aesthetica was a wonderful decision. Don’t waste your time going anywhere else!"- L. / Google / Aug 02, 2019
"This past Tuesday I had a Botox treatment with Melanie. I can’t say enough about how knowledgeable and caring she was throughout the procedure. The way she communicated put me at ease and gave me comfort. She has a natural ability to make patients feel safe and confident. This experience surpassed my expectations and I fully plan on recommending her to all of my friends. Aesthetica is a top notch Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center run by Dr. Chang who is always friendly, caring and knows how to help a woman achieve her cosmetic goals."- T.R. / Facebook / Jul 18, 2019
"My name is Carmen, and I live in Lucketts, Virginia. Back in May of 2016 I had an accident with our dog, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier. The dog leaped up and bit me on the center of my upper lip, causing the skin to rip open. I was very upset and scared, and I was also concerned that my face would be permanently disfigured for the rest of my life.My husband John took me that Sunday afternoon to the Emergency room of Loudoun Hospital. After waiting one hour, the nurse cleaned my lip and gave me a tetanus injection. Then they told me there was no surgeon that evening, so a nurse practitioner would do the stitches on my lip. I was very worried, so I asked for a plastic surgeon, and they said that was impossible, because the only one available was out of the office that day. However, they said they would try to reach him. They did call him, and Dr. PHILLIP CHANG came to treat me after an hour. I am grateful for life to him, not only because he really is a magician the way that he stitched me, also the fact that he offered to come to the hospital on Sunday on his weekend evening without even knowing me.He treated me with kindness and great professionalism and care. He calmed my nerves and was all about optimism from the start. He assured me that, by using a proper method, nearly all of my injury would not be visible because of his experience in treating similar cases. He sewed the wound carefully, and then treated me so well that there is almost no evidence of the injury.I highly recommend DR. PHILLIP CHANG for such an injury. There are not enough words I can find to express my gratitude to him. That’s the reason I am writing my story. HE IS THE BEST.-Carmen Lucketts, VirginiaSent from my iPad"- C.D. / Google / Jun 19, 2019
Labiaplasty Ideal Candidates
You are a candidate for a labia reduction surgery if you :
- Feel self conscious that your labia is too long
- Have asymmetric labia ( one is longer than the other )
- Experience pain in the vaginal area with pain and pressure
- Experience pain with intercourse because of a long labia
- Have difficulty cleaning and maintaining hygiene because of a long labia
- Have difficulting wearing tight clothing due to discomfort or visibility of the labia
Surgery for the labia at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center can be beneficial for Leesburg, VA women who are concerned about the shape and size of their vaginal area, which can be enlarged because of childbirth, genetics, or a physical trauma. Abnormal vaginal lips may cause discomfort, pain, irritation, or itching when engaging in activities like sex and exercise. Surgical vaginal rejuvenation can also be beneficial if you can't wear revealing outfits (including swimsuits, leggings, or yoga pants) because of the appearance of your vaginal lips. While labia surgery shouldn't impact your ability to get pregnant, Dr. Chang suggests you wait until you are done with childbearing to prevent undoing your results.
Labiaplasty Surgical Technique
How is a labiaplasty performed?
The goals of the labiaplasty procedure are to reduce the size and length of the labia to below the level of the labia majora and to correct any asymmetries. Small reductions can be performed in the office under oral sedation or if the patient prefers, can be performed at the ambulatory surgery center under general or IV sedation anesthesia.
Dr. Chang performs the labiaplasty procedure that he adapted from a technique first described by Dr. Gary Alter, the nationally acclaimed Beverly Hills plastic surgeon known from the television show “Dr. 90210.”
In this procedure, a vertical wedge of the labia minora is removed. This results in a nearly invisible scar, instead of the linear scar performed by many other surgeons. Some patients will elect to have a clitoroplasty, a reduction of the labia majora, or the diVa Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation at the same time.
- Step 1 - Numbing cream is applied to the vaginal area and allowed to sit for 20 minutes
- Step 2 - The base of the labia is injected with long acting numbing medication that will last several hours
- Step 3 - The amount of labia tissue to be removed is marked out as a wedge resection. The scar is hidden posteriorly
- Step 4 - The marked tissue is removed
- Step 5 - The labia is closed with absorbable sutures
- Step 6 - Ice is applied
- Step 7 - Additional Vaginal Rejuvenation procedures are performed after the Labiaplasty ( clitoroplasty, diva Laser )
The procedure takes about an hour. Many procedures for the labia can be completed in our onsite procedure room with local anesthetic, so you may drive yourself to and from our office. If your treatment plan is more complex, you may need to be put under general anesthesia at a nearby surgical facility, so you will need to have a responsible friend or family member to drive you home following your procedure.
Dr. Chang can talk about your treatment plan and more at your consultation so you may make arrangements, if needed, prior to your appointment.
What to Expect with Labiaplasty
What to expect after a labiaplasty procedure.
The recovery from a labiaplasty similar to that for an episiotomy. The labiaplasty procedure is not a painful procedure. Long-acting pain medication is injected into the tissue that provides pain-free recovery for the first several hours. Some patients will take a prescribed narcotic pain medication for 2-3 days. Patients can change to advil or tylenol after 3 days.
Return to work after a labiaplasty procedure:
Most patients will :
- Apply ice packs and frozen peas on the incisions for 2-3 days
- Sitz baths 3x/day and after using the bathroom for 7 days
- Whoopee cushion may be helpful in taking the pressure off the area when sitting
- Return to work in about 5-7 days ( but will still be sore )
- Return to light exercise walking and 10 pound weights in 5 days
- Return to aerobic exercise and 20 pound weights in 21 days
- Drive in 5-7 days or after having stopped narcotic medications for 48 hours
- Avoid intercourse, tampons, hot tubs, lakes, and oceans for 30 days
- Avoid intercourse for 30 days
- Avoid tight pants for 30 days
- A compression garment is required for 30 days
When will you see the final results of a labiaplasty surgery:
- You will feel engorged for 1-3 months
- Decreased or sometimes increased sensitivity 3-6 months
- Absorbable sutures are checked after 7 days and may take 14 days to absorb
- Final shape is not apparent for 3-6 months to a year
What are the risks and complications of labiaplasty surgery?
As with any surgery, there are associated risks. Only you can decide whether a labiaplasty can achieve your goals and whether the recovery and risk profile are acceptable to you. Fortunately, significant complications from labiaplasty surgeries are relatively infrequent. The most common complications are problems with delayed healing, infection from the stitches, and delayed healing.
Although infrequent, the risks and complications of labiaplasty can include
- Bleeding, hematoma, or bruising
- Infection particularly from the absorbable sutures
- Widened or thickened scar
- Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)
- Delayed wound healing with skin or tissue necrosis
- Extra skin at the ends of the incisions
- Unsatisfactory results that may require additional procedures. Patients will generally be responsible for any associated facility fees.
You will require around one week to heal following your labiaplasty to allow discomfort and swelling to fade away before returning to normal activities. Dr. Chang suggests applying a cold compress or ice pack if needed to decrease inflammation. You can not have sexual activity or use tampons for at least 4 – 6 weeks following your treatment. Patients typically have visible results in about six weeks and final results closer to six months following the procedure. The improvements of vaginal rejuvenation usually last for a long time; however, weight fluctuations, natural aging, and childbirth can impact your result.
Why should you choose Dr. Chang to perform your labiaplasty surgery?
Labiaplasty surgery is not only technically demanding but it is an art that requires the highest level of surgical skill to perform to give you the best cosmetic results. For this reason, it is very important for you to choose a surgeon that not only has a high degree of surgical skill and experience, but one who who can artistically combine all of the tools and techniques available to provide you with a individualized and unique experience and natural appearing outcome.
Dr. Chang is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has gained a national reputation for providing his patients with natural and sensually feminine results. His work has been featured in national publications such as New Beauty magazine. His YouTube channel and Labiaplasty Surgical Video has highlighted his surgical techniques and has attracted thousands of followers. These are reasons why Dr. Chang has been voted Top Plastic surgeon year after year.
Labiaplasty Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a labiaplasty cost?
Cost should be only a small factor in choosing the plastic surgeon. Surgical skill and artistic talent should be your priorities. The prices listed below are subject to change. Facility center fees are only estimates
Surgeon’s fee - $4,000.
Surgery Center Fees ( office ) - $ 700
VIP Members may have a discounted rate
The total cost of your labiaplasty will be dependent on many factors. During your consultation with Dr. Chang, he will listen to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan. Once you've decided on your options for your vaginal rejuvenation, Dr. Chang can estimate your costs. Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Should I choose a plastic surgeon or OB/GYN?
When researching the aesthetic surgery market, most patients will find that a large majority of plastic surgeon offer labiaplasty. While many OB/GYNs are capable of performing labia rejuvenation, the procedure is most often considered cosmetic. An OB/GYN will be able to surgically remove any excess tissue that exists within the labia; however, a plastic surgeon like Dr. Chang will consider the aesthetics as well. This ensures that scarring is minimal and that color, contour, and symmetry all look and feel natural.
Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
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 affects, for the most part, the vaginal lips only. Sensitivity is served by the clitoris. A skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Chang who has many years of experience performing vaginal rejuvenation surgery will work around this area so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.
What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Before your surgery, Dr. Chang or a member of his team will go over what to expect after your labiaplasty and tips to make your recovery more comfortable. You will have some bruising and swelling in your vaginal area along with some discomfort immediately after your surgery. You should plan to rest for at least 5 – 7 days before returning to light activities. Dr. Chang will assess your healing during your follow-up appointments and let you know when you are able to resume sexual activity.
Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
There are nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments that can help to improve mild to moderate looseness in your vaginal area. However, vaginal rejuvenation is best for significant improvements to tighten and reshape the labia. During your consultation with Dr. Chang, he can discuss your options and make recommendations based on your needs and goals.
Who are candidates for Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is often considered medically necessary when large or uneven labia minora cause recurrent infections or problems with urination or feminine hygiene. Some women are born with enlarged labia. Others have had their labia stretched during childbirth and from the hormonal changes related to pregnancy. Other symptoms which may make you a candidate for labiaplasty:
- Painful sex and embarrassment in intimate relationships
- Persistent moisture, chafing, irritation and recurrent infections
- Embarrassment and discomfort when wearing a bathing suit or tight-fitting jeans
What to expect after a labiaplasty procedure
90% of women are happy after a labiaplasty procedure because it solves a problem that is easily treatable. Most women who have had an episiotomy can better understand the recovery. Although the recovery is not exactly painful, it is uncomfortable to sit down for long periods for a few weeks. The labia may remain swollen for up to 3 months.
How long does a labiaplasty take?
A labiaplasty procedure can take between one and two hours depending on whether other procedures are added. Common procedures for women to add include a clitoroplasty, a Diva Laser Vaginoplasty, labia majora reduction, and or a mons lift.
Can I finance my labiaplasty?
We partner with Care Credit for financing.
Does insurance pay for labiaplasty?
Insurance does not cover labiaplasty as it is considered an elective cosmetic procedure. There is no medical reason per your insurance company to pay for the procedure.
What kind of surgeon performs a labiaplasty?
Only board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons should perform your labiaplasty procedure. The labia or inner lips are a sensual part of the female anatomy that deserves special attention. Although gynecologists can also perform the procedure, their concentration has mostly been about delivering healthy babies. The example I most often tell my own patients in consultations is who would you rather be closing your abdomen after a c-section… plastic surgeon or a gynecologists.
My guess is that you would rather have a plastic surgeon give you the best looking abdomen and scar possible. The labia shouldn’t be any different. A second reason is that most gynecologists are trained to perform a straight excision. The more advanced techniques use wedge excisions to decrease the length and sensitivity of the scar and a more pleasing aesthetic to your female parts. Plastic surgeons also have more advanced techniques to perform a clitoroplasty to decrease the length of an over-long clitoral hood or a labia majora reduction with fat transfers to improve the appearance of the outer lips.
What symptoms or complaints are typical for women who elect to have a labiaplasty?
Women do not only come in for a labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons. Very my like breast reduction procedures, the high satisfaction rate for labiaplasty procedures comes from the fact that there are many functional and psychosocial reasons to have the procedure. These include:
- Pain and irritation from rubbing against clothing (especially jeans and workout clothes)
- Interference with activities including intercourse, tampon placement, urination, cycling or horseback riding
- The appearance of a bulge when wearing certain clothes.
- Elongated or asymmetrical labia may cause embarrassment or interfere with a sexual relationships.
What are the surgical risks of labiaplasty?
Risks of surgery are extremely rare and seen in less than 1% of cases. Like any surgery, complications may include infection, bleeding, scarring and nerve injury. The risks involved with pregnancy and delivery are significantly higher than any risks associated with labiaplasty with an experienced surgeon.
Will you lose feeling after a labiaplasty?
No. You will not lose feeling after a labiaplasty. The technique that Dr. Chang uses removes only the superficial and visible layer of the labia tissue and leaves all the sensory nerves untouched. Having said that, the labia does not contain any excitatory sexual nerves to worry about.
Labiaplasty Comfortable and Confident
Every vagina is not the same and many elements can affect the appearance of the outer labia. If you are not confident or comfortable because of the shape and size of your labia, find out more information about vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Talk to plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang about your needs, concerns, and goals so he can develop your unique plan for vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Schedule an appointment at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA to hear more about labiaplasty.