What is Labiaplasty? Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure aimed at reducing the size of and restoring a youthful appearance to a woman’s external sexual organs, the labia majora and labia minora. The labia majora and labia minora are the “wings” of soft tissue on either side of the vaginal opening, and are sometimes referred to as the outer and inner labia, respectively. The labia majora and minora can become enlarged and elongated due to a number of factors. Often, it is simply genetics; other times, enlarged labia can be caused by chronic friction during exercise or following childbirth. Regardless of the cause, excessively large labia may be cause for embarrassment, discomfort during exercise or sex, or avoidance of certain clothing like bathing suits and gym clothes.
Dr. Traci M. Temmen, is a board certified female plastic surgeon with experience performing labiaplasty surgery. Her delicate bedside manner, gentle surgical technique, and understanding of a woman’s concerns make her a top choice for women in the Tampa Bay area of Florida considering labiaplasty surgery.
The goals of labiaplasty surgery are to improve a woman’s self-confidence and comfort by surgically reducing the size and length of the labia majora and/or minora while preserving sexual sensation and functioning of the vaginal opening. Ideally, the labia minora are completely covered and hidden by the labia majora, while the labia majora are thin folds of skin that lie close to the body.
If the labia minora are elongated and protrude beyond the labia majora, the labia minora can become chronically inflamed leading to discomfort and pain with exercise or sexual activity. To reduce the size of the labia minora, Dr. Traci Temmen will perform a careful preoperative exam and careful measurements in order to determine exactly how much tissue to remove during the labiaplasty procedure. During the labiaplasty surgery, a wedge of excess labia minora tissue is excised and the remaining tissues are closed with the suture line oriented away from the vaginal opening. Dr. Temmen’s careful attention to detail and perfectionist nature ensures her patients recovery quickly with minimal pain or postoperative complications following a labiaplasty surgery.
When the labia majora are enlarged, they may be so excessive as to be visible in everyday clothing and during activities of daily living. This excessive tissue in the groin region can obviously be embarrassing and a source of concern for women with large, pendulous, or hanging labia majora. To reduce the size of the labia majora, Dr. Temmen may choose liposuction, direct surgical excision, or a combination of both to reduce the size of the labia majora and provide a more refined and youthful postoperative result.
Who is a Candidate for Labiaplasty Surgery
The ideal candidate for a labiaplasty is a woman with enlarged, bothersome labia majora or labia minora. Patients undergoing labiaplasty should not be pregnant or feel pressured by their spouse or partner.
Who is Not a Candidate?
Women with complex medical problems and/or current sexually transmitted diseases or urinary tract infections should not undergo a labiaplasty surgery. Prior to cosmetic surgery of the labia or vaginal rejuvenation, all medical problems should be well controlled and any infections should be appropriately treated. Women who have recently had a child should also wait at least 9 to 12 months postpartum before considering labiaplasty, vaginal rejuvenation, or other cosmetic surgery of the external genitalia. During this time, the engorged and swollen labia will continue to shrink and decrease in size.
Labiaplasty Surgery Scar Location
To reduce the likelihood of scar visibility or postoperative irritation, Dr. Traci Temmen places the labiaplasty scar on the inside of the labia, away from the vaginal orifice. Placement of the labiaplasty scar too near the vaginal opening may result in painful intercourse or scar discomfort.
Dr. Traci Temmen performs labiaplasty, vaginal rejuvenation, and other cosmetic surgery of the female genitalia in an accredited, private surgical suite, custom-made for plastic surgeons. Dr. Temmen performs labiaplasty surgery under local anesthesia (i.e. the patient is awake and breathing on her own, but the surgical site is numbed), and depending on the anxiety level of the patient, may offer oral anti-anxiety medications as well. Patients undergoing additional cosmetic surgery under general anesthesia may choose to have their labiaplasty procedure during the same operative setting. Depending on the complexity, Dr. Temmen can usually perform labiaplasty surgery in one hour. Following a labiaplasty, female patients recover in the luxury of a private recovery suite with a recovery room nurse dedicated solely to her comfort.
Following a labiaplasty, patients wear tight, compressive, “granny panty” underwear and a light pad for approximately two weeks. Most patients are able to return to work the next day, drive when they are no longer taking narcotic pain medications, and return to sexual activity and exercise in two to three weeks.
Labiaplasty Surgery Cost
Just like a woman should never choose her baby-sitter or pediatrician based on cost, the price of surgery should not be the main consideration when choosing a labiaplasty surgeon. Only plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with proper training and experience should be trusted with this delicate area of anatomy. Dr. Traci Temmen is one of only a few female, board certified plastic surgeons in her area offering safe and effective labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation surgery.
The cost of a labiaplasty varies by plastic surgeon and by region of the country. In the Tampa Bay area of Florida, the average price of labiaplasty surgery performed under local anesthesia starts at around $2,900, including surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, and facility fees. This cost will increase with complexity, planned increases in surgical time, and the use of general anesthesia or liposuction.
Dr. Temmen offers convenient payment options for labiaplasty, vaginal rejuvenation, and cosmetic surgery of the female genitalia. They accept check, credit, card, and CareCredit, a credit card that offers special financing and low monthly payments for cosmetic surgery procedures.
Risks and Problems
Even though labiaplasty surgical is a relatively quick and simple procedure, it is not without risks or complications. The most common unwanted effect of labiaplasty surgery is asymmetry or inadequate tissue excision. To avoid this, Dr. Traci Temmen has a thorough discussion with every patient considering labiaplasty in order to understand her specific goals and desires.
Another common problem associated with labiaplasty surgery is delayed wound healing or wound healing problems. Because this area of the body is constantly moving and encountering varying degrees of friction, it is fairly normal to have a small degree of wound breakdown or dehiscence at the front or back of the labiaplasty scar. These wounds almost always heal without difficulty, further scarring, or the need for additional procedures.
Other less common risks associated with the labiaplasty procedure are postoperative bleeding, infection, hypertrophic scarring, or painful intercourse. While rare, these complications can usually be treated in the office setting with minimal downtime.
Plastic surgeons like Dr. Traci Temmen, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, are not only trained in labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation surgery, but also in diagnosing and appropriately treating the complications and risks associated with cosmetic surgery of the female genitalia.
Before and After
While you may not want to view these labiaplasty before and after photos at work or in your in-laws’ home office, every woman considering labiaplasty surgery is curious to see before and after labiaplasty photos of other patients. Not every patient allows her before and after labiaplasty photos to be placed in the Gallery section of this website, so to see more labiaplasty surgery before and after pictures, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Traci Temmen today!