Labiaplasty / Vaginal Rejuvenation
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Surrounding AZ Cities
Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure aims to correct hanging, misshaped or discolored labia minora (the inner vaginal lips). Disproportionately large and deformed labia may cause embarrassment or physical discomfort to women. Scottsdale and Gilbert plastic surgeon Dr. Jude LaBarbera performs labiaplasty (vaginal rejuvenation) surgery to help women in Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and surrounding Arizona areas improve the size and appearance of their labia. Many women who request this procedure have long inner lips that protrude beyond the outer lips of the vagina. This can be very uncomfortable because the labia rubs undergarments. It can also lead to decreased sexual satisfaction, as well as pain during sexual and physical activities.
Labia asymmetry or enlargement are common conditions can affect women from their late teens and throughout adulthood. The most common causes of this enlargement include pregnancy and childbirth, hereditary conditions, aging, and congenital anomalies.
Dr. LaBarbera performs labiaplasty as a purely cosmetic procedure and aims to remove excessive labial tissue without impacting the functioning parts of the vagina.
Your labiaplasty consultation with Dr. Jude LaBarbera
When you visit for your initial consultation, Dr. Jude LaBarbera will get to learn more about your concerns and expectations. He will go over your medical history, conduct thorough examinations of your vulva region, and help you understand what can be realistically achieved with labiaplasty. The risks, of the surgery and recovery process, will be explained to you in great detail, and a cost estimate provided. This initial consultation visit is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about labiaplasty surgery, and your expected outcome.
Ideal candidates for labiaplasty
You may be an ideal candidate for labiaplasty if you:
- Are looking to improve the symmetry of the inner vaginal lips (labia minora)
- Have discomfort during sex
- Wish to reduce the size of your mons pubis, or achieve a sleeker and more refined labia contour
- Are self-conscious about your appearance when wearing swimsuits
During your initial consultation, Dr. LaBarbera will examine your labia and recommend the best way forward.
The first step to a successful labiaplasty procedure is consulting a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon. In the past, an ‘amputation’ method was used to correct tugged or twisted labia with little to no regard on the aesthetics. Today’s skilled surgeons use advanced reshaping techniques to reduce the size of the labia while at the same time preserving the nerves and crafting a cosmetically appealing outcome. Dr. Jude LaBarbera will also ensure that the natural color and contouring of the pubic area is preserved, and utilize a surgical approach that minimizes scarring.
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The surgical process
During the vaginal rejuvenation surgery, Dr. LaBarbera uses a modern surgical tools to reshape the inner labia. This process entails making a ‘V’ shape wedge to the vaginal lips in order to trim down the size. The surgeon then reconstructs the vaginal lips to meet the patient’s cosmetic goals. Dr. LaBarbera then uses dissolvable sutures to seal the incisions.
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that’s usually performed under general anesthesia. The surgery takes 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the extent of the defects to the labia. Patients are able to go home the same day, from where they can continue the recovery process. Labiaplasty patients are required to avoid activities that may cause bleeding or swelling, including sexual activity, exercise, use of tampons, and douching. The majority of patients are able to recover in just 4-6 weeks post-surgery.
What to expect from Labiaplasty
Many women who receive a labiaplasty record an improved quality of life. Dr. Jude LaBarbera aims to address discomfort that many patients experience in the vulva area, while at the same time enhancing the cosmetics of this area. Dr. LaBarbera undertakes comprehensive, private and informative consultation with each one of his patients. Should you choose to move forward with this procedure after the initial consultation, he’ll help you understand what you can expect, and prepare for the surgery.
Plan your procedure
The cost of labiaplasty varies from one patient to the other, usually depending on the scope of the procedure. However, many patients pay between $4,000 and $6,000 for the procedure. Since enlarged labia may cause pain and physical discomfort, some insurance plans may cover it. Dr. Jude LaBarbera performs labiaplasty and other vaginal rejuvenation procedures at his ultra-modern office operating room in Gilbert or Scottsdale, Arizona. He is also supported by a professional team of highly licensed staff.