Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I need/want this service?
There are many reasons a woman may feel dissatisfied with the size of her labia majora, including discomfort during some exercise, such as cycling, and embarrassment about the labia’s appearance under tight clothing.
What to expect if I get this done?
Following your labia majoraplasty procedure, your labia majora will be smaller and have a smoother, tighter appearance. Discomfort previously experienced during activities will be resolved, and you will be able to wear more form-fitting clothing without self-consciousness. Most swelling reduces within six weeks of the procedure, though you may experience residual swelling for up to six months.
What should I expect before my procedure?
A consultation with one of our surgeons will be the best way to determine if you are a candidate for a labia majoraplasty. You will get to review before and after pictures of other patients to get an idea of what your result may look like. The surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia and usually takes between an hour and a few hours, depending on the amount of tissue to be removed. As labiaplasty is typically an outpatient procedure, you should plan to go home the same day.
What should I expect after my surgery?
You will receive instructions to follow at home and prescriptions for medication, and schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon. An ice pack may help relieve pain and swelling and may be worn between your regular undergarments and an elastic support garment for 20 minutes at a time as needed. You may take about a week off from work for your recovery, and you may expect to resume tampon use and sexual activity after about four to six weeks. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully.
Can this be combined with other procedures?
Yes! Some patients choose to undergo other genital cosmetic procedures along with their labia majoraplasty, creating a more balanced appearance. These procedures can be completed at the same time. Please consult with one of our surgeons to determine the best approach for you. Additionally, these procedures can be done at the same time as medically indicated procedures so that you only need to have one procedure with less recovery time than if performed separately. We can work with your UTMB surgeon to ensure a streamlined process and you receive the best care possible.
Is a labiaplasty the same thing as ”vaginal rejuvenation”?
Vaginal rejuvenation is a broad term that refers to a large number of different procedures, but most of these are non-surgical and make use of energy devices like lasers, radiofrequency, and ultrasound. Labia majoraplasty is a surgical procedure and does not employ any of the aforementioned devices, and it is performed by a plastic surgeon.