Labiaplasty

Are You A Candidate?


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Are You A Candidate?

Procedure Details

Local anesthesia is usually administered for labiaplasty, but it may be performed under general anesthesia, especially if you’re combining the surgery with other procedures. 

Once anesthesia is administered, a laser is used to modify and sculpt the labia according to your desires, and the goals you and your doctor discussed prior to surgery. Laser surgery is more effective than traditional methods, reducing bleeding, lessening the probability of scar tissue formation, and speeding recovery.

Labiaplasty usually takes about one hour, but surgery may last longer if you elected to have other procedures done simultaneously. After surgery, you’ll be sent to the recovery room where our professional surgical staff will monitor you and ensure your comfort. Once you’re fully awake and the doctor gives you clearance, you’ll be able to go home the same day. Most patients only need a couple days off from work.

There are several aesthetic and functional reasons why Labiaplasty patients present for a procedure. The most common reason for a surgical manipulation is labial hypertrophy or enlargement of the Labia Minora which requires Labia Minora reduction. The Labia Minora may overgrow during development and extend well beyond the Labia Majora and this overgrowth may form both a functional and aesthetic concern.  Functional symptoms associated with labial hypertrophy, or enlargement of the Labia Minora, include invagination and pain during physical activity and this movement in and out of the vaginal canal during physical activity and/or sexual intimacy and intercourse, can cause significant pain or loss of sexual satisfaction and gratification.

If you are considering undergoing either a labiaplasty and/or a labial reduction, it is important to be well-informed about the procedure beforehand. Find more about SpaMedica’s mons pubis procedures below.

What is a Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure designed to improve the overall form and function of the Labia Minora and/or Labia Majora.  A classic Labiaplasty is the surgical reduction of protruding, overdeveloped segments of the Labia Minora or Labia Major. The Labia Majora and Minora frame the introitus or entrance of the vaginal canal. The clitoral hood and clitoris extend into the Labia Minora.  The exit of the urethra, or urinary passage tube is between the clitoris and the introitus, and also enveloped between the Labia Minora. The Labia Majora are the lips outside the Minora and envelope them.

Figure 1.  Anatomy of the Vulva. Showing the Labia Majora and Labia Minora in relationship to the other external Vulvar anatomy

What is the treatment for Labia Hypertrophy and what is a Labial reduction?

Labia Minora reduction is performed by surgically reducing the size and projection of the Labia Minora.  There are two general types of labial reduction surgeries, each performed by Dr. Mulholland and the SpaMedica gynaecologist, Dr. Sasha.  When the labial hypertrophy and overgrowth is more towards the top,  in its orientation closer to the clitoral hood, a large triangular segment of overgrowth can occur and this generally lends itself to a wedge resection technique.  More generalized enlarged Labia Minora may respond better to a a trim reduction.  The wedge resection or trim can lead to excellent aesthetic and functional outcomes.

Figure 2.  A Wedge Resection technique can be used successfully in reduction Labiaplasty procedures

Figure 3.  Wedge Resection Labiaplasty technique.

How is the labial reduction performed?

Labial reduction is performed under local anaesthesia, with or without IV sedation or oral sedation.  Local anaesthesia is infiltrated through the Labial Minora and then a carbon dioxide laser-cutting tool, or Radiofrequency cutting tool is used to perform the wedge-reduction, or trim procedure.  The use of laser and radiofrequency devices minimizes bleeding, bruising and swelling following the procedure.  An absorbable suture is then used to suture the newly-fashioned Labia Minora.  The procedure takes approximately one hour to perform and patients can return to activities and light duties the following day.  Full activities, high-impact aerobics and sexual intimacy needs to wait, and resume approximately six weeks following the procedure.

Do I see a physician during my SpaMedica assessment?

The Director of the SpaMedica Females Health and Wellness Team is Dr. Sasha Syvtonyuk. Dr. Sasha is a nationally recognized minimally invasive Gynaecologist and he assesses all female vaginal rejuvenation patients prior to any procedure. At SpaMedica you will get a full vulvovaginal and cervical examination to ensure health before any procedure is discussed or performed.

Figure 4.  Dr. Sasha Syvstonyuk, SpaMedica’s , Director of the Female Health Vaginal Wellness program and he will conduct on thorough examination to ensure you are a good Labiaplasty candidate.

Figure 5.   The Labial Trim Procedure can also be used successful in Labial Reduction to achieve a good cosmetic Labiaplasty result.

Labial reduction treatments are generally performed under local anesthesia and sedation and the postoperative pain is referred as mild-to-moderate in nature. The post operative course is sore, but mild to moderate and easily controlled with anti-inflammatory medication.

What kind of results can I expect from labiaplasty?

Labial reduction techniques generally leave patients very happy with the aesthetic and functional improvements during high-impact activity, exercise and sexual intimacy.  In addition, the aesthetic improvements leave the patients very happy with the overall aesthetic balance with the appearance of their Labia Majora and Minora.

Figure 6. Labiaplasty patient with Labia Minora reduction.

What is the most aesthetic relationship of the Labia Majora to the Minora?

Just like there is no one aesthetic paradigm of beauty for the upper lid, the lower lid or the face and nose, there is no one aesthetic paradigm of beauty for the Labia Minora and its relationship to the rest of the Vulvar anatomy.  In general, most patients find the Labia Minora to be most aesthetically pleasing with the Labia Minora slightly behind or slightly visible beyond the Labia Majora.  Although variations exist, excessive Labia Minora hypertrophy that extend well beyond the Labia Majora are deemed to be aesthetically and functionally dissatisfying, as well, Minora that are extremely retracted can also be unattractive.

After Care Instructions and expectations

At least six weeks. As with most surgeries, labiaplasty takes time to fully heal. Until then, you may risk reopening the surgery site by engaging in penetrative intercourse or other sexual activities.

Outcomes

If your labia are long, thick, or protrude quite a bit from your body, you may experience pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse and other physical activities. Labiaplasty can shorten and thin your labia so that you can experience sexual gratification, and can participate in physical exercise and activities without chafing or pulling of the labia.

Sometimes, enlarged labia can even be visible through tight clothing, or thin garment such as swimsuits, causing embarrassment for some women. Labiaplasty offers a smooth, unobtrusive look so you can feel confident no matter what you wear.

If you simply feel your labia are unattractive due to their size or shape, a labiaplasty can help you feel better about your body, and happier in general.

Benefits

If your labia are long, thick, or protrude quite a bit from your body, you may experience pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse and other physical activities. Labiaplasty can shorten and thin your labia so that you can experience sexual gratification, and can participate in physical exercise and activities without chafing or pulling of the labia.

Sometimes, enlarged labia can even be visible through tight clothing, or thin garment such as swimsuits, causing embarrassment for some women. Labiaplasty offers a smooth, unobtrusive look so you can feel confident no matter what you wear.

If you simply feel your labia are unattractive due to their size or shape, a labiaplasty can help you feel better about your body, and happier in general.

Additional Procedures to enhance results

Mons Pubis Reduction: The mons pubis is the area where the lower belly meets the pubic bone. This area is connected to the labia majora, and in some cases, when this area is bulging above the labia, a mons pubis reduction might be performed as part of—or instead of—a labiaplasty.

The reduction can be done through liposuction, or in combination with surgical removal of excess skin, if necessary. Tightening up this area can sometimes be all that is required to achieve the desired profile, as it is connected to the labia and provides a lift to this area.

Clitoral Hood Reduction: Also referred to as prepuce reduction, this entails trimming the skin folds that surround the clitoris to increase sexual pleasure and improve appearance.

Vaginoplasty: This is a tightening of the vaginal canal, and was once only achieved surgically. However, thanks to innovations in the field of laser technology, we now also offer a non-surgical option for this procedure.

Hymenoplasty: This procedure, also called hymen restoration, repairs a woman’s hymen using specialized laser-surgery technology

Perineoplasty: This entails removal of excess skin in the perineum (the area between the anus and the vagina), removal or reduction of scarring caused by vaginal childbirth and episiotomies, and tightening of the perineum muscles.

Toronto Labioplasty patients may also like to augment the remaining labia at the time of the trim or wedge procedure, or later, as well as augmentation of the labia majora to treat deflated, and atrophic changes. These Labial Augmentation or plumping procedures may be performed using either fat grafting or Juvederm Voluma.  Other adjunctive techniques include injection to the neurovascular bundle at the anterior ceiling or vaginal vault, also known as the G-spot. The injection into the G-spot, called the “G-Shot” provides more stimulation and sensation during intimacy and intercourse. The G-spot may be performed at the same time, as well as Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation using fractional resurfacing with the following SpaMedica Gynecological lasers, including the Mona Lisa Touch, the Syneron CORE Intima or Fractora on the Labia Minora and Majora to decrease wrinkling, atrophy and deflation.

Cost and Payment Options

Labia-reduction techniques costs start from $3999 depending on the techniques and the amount of surgery required.  Additional costs for IV sedation may be incurred.