Many women struggle with feeling comfortable in their body. Discomfort, embarrassment, and self-consciousness can be regular occurrences when your most intimate areas are responsible. Excess skin and tissue around the vaginal opening can be uncomfortable when performing everyday tasks.
Grady Core, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified plastic surgeon at Core Plastic Surgery, performs labiaplasty on women wanting to enhance the appearance and comfort of the external genitalia. We understand that this area is a sensitive issue for many women, so we strive to provide the utmost care and compassion.
- 1 What Is Labiaplasty?
- 2 Benefits
- 3 Who Is a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?
- 4 Your Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 What Is Involved in My Labiaplasty?
- 7 Post Surgery
- 8 Results
- 9 Labiaplasty Cost in Birmingham?
- 10 FAQ
- 11 Additional Resources
What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size and/or length of the labia minora or labia majora (the inner or outer vaginal lips) for aesthetic or functional reasons. The labia can change in appearance over time, becoming hypertrophied (enlarged). These changes may be due to genetics, age, pregnancy, and childbirth. The excess tissue is removed from the area in order to improve a woman’s physical comfort, enhance the appearance of the external genitalia, and/or reduce the psychological stress the labia presents.
In addition to enhancing the appearance of the vagina, labiaplasty offers the following benefits:
- Alleviates discomfort during physical activity
- Reduces wardrobe malfunctions in swimwear and undergarments
- Brings proportion to the entire vaginal area
- Promotes enhanced hygiene
- Lessens any self-consciousness about enlarged labia
- Improves quality of life
If you are struggling with the challenges your labia may present, contact Core Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?
Women whose labia are too large or uneven or those who endure physical and/or emotional discomfort due to this issue may be ideal candidates for labia reduction. Women looking to undergo this procedure are individuals who are in relatively good health and are considering labiaplasty for their own reasons. They are not looking to impress or appease another person. Labiaplasty patients have realistic and optimistic expectations of what the procedure can do for them.
If you are a candidate for labiaplasty in Birmingham, call Core Plastic Surgery today at (205) 397-2100 to book your consultation with Dr. Core.
Your Personal Consultation
When you come to meet with Dr. Core, you will have the opportunity to discuss your dissatisfaction with your labia and your goals. Dr. Core will ask about your health and medical history and provide you with information regarding the labiaplasty procedure. He will take his time in answering all of your questions regarding vaginal rejuvenation. Afterward, Dr. Core will perform a physical examination of your labia. Once the doctor has completed his thorough assessment, he will determine your candidacy for labiaplasty. From there, he will work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to help meet your individualized needs.
Are you ready to learn more about labiaplasty and how it can help you live a more comfortable life? Contact us to schedule your informative appointment.
Before your consultation, be sure to read our blog to learn more about the other offerings at Core Plastic Surgery.
During a consultation with Dr. Core, you will receive detailed instruction on preparing for your labia reduction surgery. While each patient is unique, generally, you will need to stop smoking and taking medications that may thin your blood. These may include ibuprofen, aspirin, any herbal supplements, and blood-thinning prescription medications. You will need to remove any hair from the area in order to allow for greater visualization of your labia. Also, you will be directed to arrange for a trusted adult to drive you home after the procedure. If there are any directives specific to your case, Dr. Core will let you know during your pre-operative appointments.
What Is Involved in My Labiaplasty?
On the day of your labiaplasty, you will meet with Dr. Core to discuss any concerns and questions you may have. The doctor will review your treatment plan with you and make sure you are comfortable with your decision to move forward with labiaplasty at this time. Once you are in the operating room, you will be provided with the appropriate anesthetic to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Your labia will be marked with a surgical marker that will help Dr. Core identify the incision sites and areas he should pay special attention to during the surgery.
Dr. Core will perform your labiaplasty in accordance with your procedure plan.
This plan will take your unique needs, anatomy and desires into consideration. Your procedure may be executed using one of two distinct techniques and, if necessary, Dr. Core may augment your labiaplasty with clitoral hood reduction. This procedure helps to further bring balance to the outer genitalia or address other concerns. The entire labiaplasty procedure may take up to two hours to complete.
The wedge approach to labiaplasty will allow Dr. Core to remove a pie-shaped wedge from the labial tissue on each side. The remaining tissue is sutured together, leaving the edges of the labia intact. Women who opt for this approach usually desire a more natural look to their labia as the outer contours remain untouched.
In the trim technique, Dr. Core will directly remove the excess tissue by gently reducing the outer edges of the labia. This approach provides women with a neater appearance to their vagina. It will also address the darker outer edges of the labia, creating a more aesthetically pleasing look to the vulva.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
A clitoral hood reduction removes any excess tissue around the clitoris. This procedure can help address problems with hygiene, sexual stimulation, and discomfort. The incisions from the labiaplasty will be extended toward the clitoris and the interfering tissue will be excised.
Following labiaplasty, you will experience some discomfort that can be relieved with pain medication. We recommend you rest for a couple of days and wear loose fitting pants to make you more comfortable. Additionally, you will need to wait 24 hours following your procedure before showering. Baths, hot tubs, swimming, and sexual intercourse should be avoided for about 6 weeks. Dr. Core may direct you to not use tampons during your next menstrual cycle in order to allow proper healing of the area.
The results from labia reduction are immediate! However, your results will not be fully visible until the incisions have healed and any swelling and bruising have faded. The labia minora may be neatly tucked behind the labia majora creating a more pleasing aesthetic. Most patients see the full results over a few months following the procedure.
Following labiaplasty, women have reported feeling significantly more comfortable, both physically and psychologically. This allows for a reduction in feelings of self consciousness and embarrassment, providing patients with a boost in their quality of life.
If you are ready to experience the amazing results of labiaplasty for yourself, contact Core Plastic Surgery to schedule a time for a private consultation with Dr. Core.
Labiaplasty Cost in Birmingham?
Labiaplasty is a highly customized procedure. The associated costs vary with each patient depending on the extent of the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Core will create an individualized approach to labiaplasty specifically for you.
We do not want your goals to be out of reach because of price. This is why we offer payment financing for those who qualify. If you have questions about our payment and financing options, do not hesitate to reach out to our office. One of our helpful staff members will be glad to assist you.
Grady Core, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified plastic surgeon, offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to people living in and around Birmingham, Mountain Brook, and across the Southeast to look and feel younger. Contact Dr. Core’s office today to schedule your consultation!
Will a labiaplasty affect my sensation?
Labiaplasty is not attended to impact the sensitivity of the external genitalia. However, many women have reported increased sensation after clitoral hood reduction as the excess tissue covering this area is removed. This can allow for easier access to the clitoris. Overall, undergoing labiaplasty will not reduce or affect your previous level of sensation.
Is labiaplasty permanent?
The results of your labiaplasty are long-lasting! Every woman is different in how her body changes over time. Some women may experience some change in the labia after the procedure as they continue to age and if they experience future pregnancies. While changes may continue, your labiaplasty results will endure!
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2020). Vaginal Rejuvenation: Surgical Options. Retrieved from https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/vaginal-rejuvenation/labiaplasty
- Miklos, J. R. & Moore, R. D. (2008). Labiaplasty of the Labia Minora: Patients’ Indications for Pursuing Surgery. The Journal of Sexual Medicine. DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2008.00813.x
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