Childbirth, significant weight loss, trauma, genetics, and the natural aging process can all lead to vaginal tissue changes. As a result of these changes, women may find that exercise causes discomfort, physical intimacy becomes painful, and/or clothing does not fit properly. At McCormack Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Tiffany McCormack, MD performs labiaplasty to treat these symptoms, reduce uncomfortable labial tissue, and restore your vaginal wellness.
Labiaplasty is a procedure designed to alter stretched or enlarged tissue of the labia minora and/or labia majora. Excess skin and tissue around the labia can cause a number of painful or irritating symptoms, including skin chafing, twisting and tugging, friction, and visibility through clothing—especially if the inner folds of the labia extend past the outer folds. Though labiaplasty certainly has cosmetic benefits, many women choose to undergo the procedure to improve the fit and comfort of clothing, resolve discomfort or pain that may occur during exercise or intercourse, and find a renewed sense of confidence in their bodies.
Ideal candidates for labiaplasty will typically have one or more of the following characteristics:
Many women who choose to undergo labiaplasty seek to counter the effects of childbirth, significant weight loss, the natural aging process, or simply genetics. The most common reasons why women choose labiaplasty are physical discomfort and/or self-consciousness. During the consultation process, Dr. McCormack will perform a physical examination, review your medical history, discuss your expectations for the procedure, and determine if you are a good candidate for labiaplasty.
Labiaplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. There are a variety of techniques that can be employed during surgery, including both the edge-trim and wedge excision methods. Dr. McCormack customizes each labiaplasty procedure to meet the unique needs of the patient, and she will determine the most appropriate approach at the time of your consultation. The average surgery takes one to two hours to complete, and in most cases, only local anesthesia is required (though general anesthesia is an option for patients who need or desire it).
After the labiaplasty procedure, patients are generally able to return home, though we recommend a family member or loved one be available for assistance. As with any surgery, patients can expect minor swelling or bruising, but these symptoms should resolve over time. Over-the-counter medication can usually help manage any discomfort that may be experienced initially, and most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities within two to three days. Any physical activity (including intercourse), however, should be avoided for at least four to six weeks while the body fully heals.
Once the labia has been recontoured, the results of the procedure typically last for a lifetime. The natural aging process will continue, but the outcome should remain stable over time provided that patients do not experience a future pregnancy. Ultimately, women often report a significant improvement in their overall quality of life after labiaplasty, noting that they feel more comfortable and confident in situations that would previously have been physically and/or psychologically problematic.
Depending on your unique goals for labiaplasty, the procedure can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 in the Reno and Lake Tahoe areas. Your treatment plan is tailored according to your needs, and the cost will be similarly personalized. We will be able to provide you with a more detailed cost breakdown after your consultation with Dr. McCormack. If preferred, our practice accepts financing plans from CareCredit®, ALPHAEON™ Credit, and Prosper® Healthcare Lending to make the price of surgery more manageable. These highly reputable healthcare lenders offer many plans with low- to no-interest rates to help you accommodate virtually any budget. Please contact McCormack Plastic Surgery for any questions about the application process, or to learn more about our other payment options.
If you would like more information about labiaplasty, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. McCormack, please contact McCormack Plastic Surgery today.