In addition to the plastic surgery procedures you often hear about to boost a woman’s confidence, such as breast augmentation and liposuction, Dr. Eric Mariotti also sees an increasing number of women for labia reduction surgery. This intricate procedure, technically called labiaplasty, helps women throughout the East Bay feel more attractive, confident and comfortable.
The female external genitals include the outer labia majora and inner labia minora. As with any body part, the appearance of this area varies between women. There are a variety of factors that influence the size and shape of the labia including genetics, hormones, pregnancy, childbirth and weight changes. Ideally, the inner labia are concealed and protected by the outer labia. Over time the inner labia may become enlarged, stretched, misshapen, or uneven.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces and reshapes the labia minora. Women choose labiaplasty for both aesthetic and physical reasons that often include a combination of the following:
- Renewing self-confidence
- Looking and feeling better in form-fitting clothing such as bathing suits and yoga pants
- Increasing comfort during sexual activity and certain sports such as biking and horseback riding
- Repairing damage caused by childbirth
While many labiaplasty patients have the procedure performed on its own, others include it in a personalized combination of cosmetic procedures called a mommy makeover to renew their bodies after pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
Labiaplasty at a Glance
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What to Expect
Labiaplasty takes approximately 1 hour to complete and is performed as an outpatient procedure using either local anesthetic with deep sedation or general anesthetic. Dr. Mariotti takes special care to retain sensitivity and minimize scarring while renewing the appearance of the labia. Once the surgery is complete, he closes the incisions with tiny, absorbable stitches.
Enjoying Your Results
Patients usually have minor swelling and tenderness for 1 to 2 weeks after labia reduction. Most are ready to return to non-strenuous activities including work within a week. Typically within a month patients can return to their regular exercise routine and resume sexual activity.
Dr. Mariotti’s labiaplasty patients enjoy being able to confidently wear form-fitting pants and bathing suit bottoms. They also enjoy an enhanced quality of life that is less limited and more comfortable.
How much does labiaplasty cost?
The average cost of labiaplasty is around $3,000, not including additional fees for anesthesia, operating room facilities and other associated costs. This figure is an estimate according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgery and can vary by location.
We are happy to discuss financing options with you during your consultation to help make your procedure as affordable as possible.
How do I choose a labiaplasty plastic surgeon near me?
Once you’ve narrowed your search based on board certification, medical training, experience and other important credentials, check reviews from previous clients and ask friends or family for recommendations in your area.
Schedule a consultation or two with your top choices and bring a list of questions. You should feel comfortable and confident discussing your goals and working with your plastic surgeon.
Is labiaplasty the best solution for me?
Labiaplasty can be an ideal solution for women who are in good physical and mental health and who are experiencing pain, discomfort or self-consciousness due to enlarged inner and/or outer labia. Note that labiaplasty will not address vaginal laxity, dryness, urinary stress incontinence or other similar concerns. Dr. Mariotti will listen to your specific concerns and goals during your consultation to help you decide if labiaplasty could be right for you.
Can I include labiaplasty in a mommy makeover?
Yes. Many women choose to include labiaplasty in their mommy makeover to help repair damage caused by childbirth. Some other common procedures that you might consider including in a mommy makeover include abdominoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation and a breast lift.
Does labiaplasty hurt?
No, you shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort during your labiaplasty procedure, as it is performed under general anesthesia or using a local anesthetic combined with deep sedation. Afterwards, swelling, bruising and tenderness are to be expected. Applying a cold compress to the area and taking any prescribed pain medication as directed by Dr. Mariotti can help to make you comfortable during recovery.
How long does it take to heal after labiaplasty?
Most women are able to return to work and other normal daily activities within around one week after a labiaplasty procedure. However, you will need to refrain from sexual intercourse and strenuous physical activity for at least four weeks after your procedure.
When will I see my results?
You should begin to see the results of your labiaplasty gradually taking shape within the weeks following your procedure. Swelling and bruising will temporarily camouflage results at first, so don’t be alarmed if your results don’t look “normal” right away. Allow your body the time it needs to heal and recover as your results continue to develop.
Are labiaplasty results permanent?
Yes, labiaplasty results are permanent in the sense that once the excess tissue is trimmed away, it is removed for good. However, it is important to note that factors such as the natural aging process, childbirth and others can affect this area of your body in the future.
Take the first step toward your dream look and contact us online or call our Concord office at 925-685-4533 to request a consultation.
*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.