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Irregular or enlarged vaginal labia can lead to an unattractive appearance, as well as chronic irritation, pain during physical activities, and even discomfort during sexual activity. Labia enlargement may be caused by a number of factors – including pregnancy, childbirth, injury, and the natural aging process. Many women who have this characteristic – which is often unspoken about – tend to feel embarrassed during sexual activities and may experience a dip in self-confidence. Labiaplasty – also referred to as labia rejuvenation – is a plastic surgery vaginal rejuvenation procedure that aims to reconstruct the outer appearance of the labia by contouring the surrounding skin and tissue of the vaginal lips. Plastic surgeons work to decrease the size of the labia majora (outer vaginal lips) or minor (inner vaginal lips) in order to create an improved look. This may be combined with internal vaginoplasty as necessary to achieve the patient’s reasonable desired outcomes.

Phoenix plastic surgeons Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin perform labiaplasty with the goal of improving vaginal anesthetics, enhancing sexual conference and pleasure, and decreasing physical discomfort linked to enlarged or overhanging labia. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin have helped numerous women from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and surrounding AZ cities meet their unique goals with plastic surgery, such as labiaplasty. The surgeon understands that the needs of different individuals are unique and works to create a highly customized vaginal rejuvenation treatment plan to suit the needs of each patient. Your surgeon will provide complete privacy, discretion, and compassion to all patients considering this surgery.

Labiaplasty Surgery in Numbers

Labiaplasty is a highly beneficial procedure for women who are looking to reduce the size of their vaginal lips because they cause discomfort during sex, exercise, and physical activity. In 2019, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that there were more than 11,218 labiaplasty procedures in the United States alone, up 9% from the previous year. This treatment presents extremely high satisfaction rates of up to 97%, according to a study published by the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. However, the key to a superb outcome is to find the right board certified labiaplasty surgeon in Phoenix, AZ.

Origin of Labiaplasty

While labiaplasty only gained attention in recent years, the procedure has been around for decades. In 1975, Ohio-based surgeon Dr. James Burt published a book titled ‘The Surgery of Love’. His text was among the first to describe vaginoplasty procedure. The first paper mentioning labiaplasty was published 3 years later in 1978 by the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since then, plastic surgeons have been developing and perfecting vaginal rejuvenation. Thanks to the high degree of surgical precision available today, and extremely high levels of patient satisfaction, this procedure is becoming increasingly popular year in year out.

Is Labiaplasty for me?

Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure to decrease the size of the vaginal lips in order to achieve the patient’s aesthetic or functional goals. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You experience physical discomfort while exercising, sitting, or having sex as a result of enlarged labia
  • You are self-conscious about the appearance or size of your vaginal labia
  • You have labia tears as a result of childbirth
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this treatment
  • You are 18 years of age or older

Who may not be a candidate for labiaplasty?

You may not be a candidate for labia reduction surgery if:

  • You have unrealistic expectations about the outcome of this treatment
  • You are currently pregnant
  • You are predisposed to surgical complications
  • You have a sexually transmitted disease

Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin will reserve your first visit to his office for understanding your needs and goals. The surgeon will listen to your concerns, ask questions, and learn about your medical history before letting you know whether this treatment is for you. Labiaplasty is a highly individualized cosmetic treatment. For this reason, Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin emphasize that each patient ensures they are having this surgery out of their own volition, not because someone else asked them to.

BENEFITS

Benefits of Labiaplasty

Labia reduction surgery can alleviate some of your struggles and enhance your life in many different ways. Here are some of the key benefits of this cosmetic treatment.

Improved Aesthetics
While there is no reference for the ‘standard labia’, some women are concerned about the appearance of enlarged or overhanging labia. This can lead to a negative self-image and embarrassment during sexual activity. Labiaplasty surgical procedure allows women to get a size that is closer to what they consider ideal. This makes it possible for the patient to be open with their partner without fear of judgment or rejection.

Increased Comfort
Oversized labia minora can make certain activities difficult, such as riding or running. Labiaplasty reduces the size of the vaginal lips so they are less likely to cause pain or discomfort when engaging in various everyday activities.

Enhanced Confidence
It is hard to be confident in yourself when you are self-conscious about a certain characteristic. This self-doubt can hit even harder when it involves a sensitive and intimate area of your body. Labiaplasty cosmetic procedure resolves the cause of concern in order to build your confidence.

Increased Pleasure
Some women experience pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse as a result of extended labia. Following labiaplasty surgery, these patients are able to experience increased pleasure, and can finally relax and enjoy rather than focusing on their insecurities.

Broader Wardrobe Options
Certain clothing items – such as tight outfits – may be troublesome and stress-inducing when you have pronounced labia. Labiaplasty reduces the size of your outer and inner labia to suit your goals and allow you to wear yoga pants, bathing suits, leggings, tight pants, and even body-skimming dresses.

Whether you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your labia or are looking to address physical discomfort, labiaplasty surgery can go a long way to improve your quality of life. Dr. Tessler brings an artistic eye and a keen sense of professionalism to the operating table. The surgeon treats each one of his labiaplasty patients with discretion and respect as he works to deliver the desired outcome.

APPROACH

Procedure Approach

Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed in Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s in-office operating room or any accredited medical facility. Many of these procedures can be completed with a local anesthesia, while severe or complex treatment plans may require general anesthesia in order to ensure the patient’s safety and comfort. The kind of surgical technique to be used will be determined by the requirements of the patient and the goals of the surgery. The focus of the treatment may be to reduce the inner labia, augment the outer labia, reduce the mons pubis, or even remodel the clitoral hood. Dr. Tessler will create a limited incision to remove excess skin from the vaginal lips and tighten the underlying tissue with strong sutures. Once the desired outcome has been achieved, the surgeon will close the incision and bandage the treatment area. You will be put in your surgeon’s monitoring room for a short while then discharged to go home for recovery.

 

Incision Techniques

Dr. Tessler is an expert in the two most commonly used labiaplasty techniques: wedge and trim.

Trim Technique
This is the easiest method that is used to reduce the size of the labia minora. Excess labial tissue is removed along the edge of the inner vaginal folds. This procedure takes less time and the tissue in this area heals exceptionally well so noticeable scarring is not a typical concern. The trim surgical technique is used to correct minor labia hypertrophy (excessive growth).

Wedge Technique 
As opposed to the trim technique where a rim of inner labia is removed, this method entails the removal of a wedge of labia. The pigmented color of the labia edge will be preserved, and scarring is not a typical concern because the tissue in this area heals very well. The wedge that is removed will be fashioned from the shape and size of the labia.
Your surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of each method and help you select the best one to suit your needs.

Recovery

Recovery After Labiaplasty

Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin recommend that you have someone to drive you home once your labia reduction surgery is complete. The surgeon will provide an antibiotic ointment that is applied on the incisions and sterile dressing covering the treatment area. Your surgeon will also prescribe pain medication to increase your comfort level during recovery. The wound dressing needs to be removed before you use the toilet, and the area should be cleansed gently with light soap and water once you use the bathroom. Use a clean towel to pat the area dry, and replace the dressing with a new one. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to shower for at least 48 hours after this procedure. Tampons should be avoided for at least 4 weeks. Any form of sexual activity or self-stimulation should also be avoided for 4 weeks. The majority of Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s labiaplasty patients are able to return to work within 2 days after the procedure, so long as they are comfortable. Make sure to attend all postoperative appointments and strictly adhere to the surgeon’s recovery instructions in order to ensure prompt healing.

Expected Procedure Cost

The cost of labiaplasty varies greatly depending on the extensiveness of the treatment, facility and medication fees, and the plastic surgeon’s fees. On average, most of Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s vaginal rejuvenation patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Gilbert, Paradise Valley, Glendale. Mesa and nearby Arizona cities can expect to pay between $3,500 and $5,000 for this treatment. Most insurance companies will not cover the cost of labiaplasty. During your initial labiaplasty Phoenix consultation at Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s office, the surgeon’s team will provide an initial cost estimate so you can make arrangements for financing.

Dr. Tessler’s Credentials

Oren Tessler, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Phoenix area. Dr. Tessler is highly proficient in multiple plastic surgery techniques, including body contouring, breast procedures, and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Tessler earned his MD – MBA at McGill University. His plastic and reconstructive surgical training was concluded at McGill University followed by his fellowship training at Harvard University, both of which are the best and top ranked medical programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. He was appointed as an assistant and associate professor of Plastic Surgery at Louisiana State University and Tulane University. Dr. Tessler has also served as Director of Plastic Surgery at University Medical Center, as well as contributed research and trained dozens of upcoming labiaplasty plastic surgeons. Dr. Tessler’s passion lies in restoring form and function while improving the quality of life of his patients. He brings a friendly and personalized approach to plastic surgery while working with highly qualified anesthesiologists and other support staff who strives to deliver the best labia reduction Phoenix, AZ has to offer.

Average Cost

$3,500 – $5,000

Recovery Time

4 weeks

Procedure Time

Same Day

Insurance

Does not cover

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

Labiaplasty FAQ

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Nonsurgical vs surgical labiaplasty

Surgical labiaplasty entails the reconstruction of enlarged labia by removing excess skin and tissue. This procedure aims to alleviate cosmetic and functional concerns related to the shape and size of the vaginal lips. On the other hand, non-surgical labiaplasty involves using specialized devices such as the Femilift to remove extended labia and rejuvenate the skin around the vagina. This method is non-invasive, efficient, and requires minimal downtime if any. Keep in mind though that nonsurgical labiaplasty can only alleviate minor aesthetic concerns, while the surgical option serves as a permanent solution to severe labial enlargement. Following your initial consultation with Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin, the surgeon will help you choose the most suitable treatment option.
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Will I have insensitivity?

It is common for patients to experience some degree of numbness in the treatment area following labiaplasty surgery. However, this effect is temporary and tends to fade away as soon as the vaginal tissue and surrounding skin heals. During surgery, your surgeon utilizes advanced surgical methods in order to minimize the risk of scarring, nerve damage, and other complications.
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Can I combine my labiaplasty with a mommy makeover?

It is possible for new mothers to incorporate labiaplasty into their mommy makeover in order to restore their youthful form and improve their self-image. A mommy makeover may also include other procedures such as a breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, facial rejuvenation, and liposuction. If you are a mom who is looking to get back in shape, talk to Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin about what procedures you can combine in order to reduce the costs and combine the recovery time. The surgeon will take your concerns into account and chart the best way forward for an excellent outcome.