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Labiaplasty

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Jude LaBarbera MD Plastic Surgery offers advanced labiaplasty to our patients in Phoenix and neighboring areas. Disproportionately large and deformed labia minora (inner vaginal lips) may cause physical discomfort to women due to rubbing with underwear. It can also lead to decreased sexual satisfaction and pain during physical activities. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jude LaBarbera, resolves this issue using the latest techniques and innovative technology. After a labiaplasty, patients feel more comfortable and confident, which significantly improves their quality of life. 

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Causes of Labia Asymmetry

Labia asymmetry is a common condition that can affect women from their late teens and throughout adulthood. The most common causes of the enlargement of inner vaginal lips include:
Pregnancy
and childbirth
Pregnancy
and childbirth
Genetic conditions
(congenital adrenal hyperplasia, mucopolysaccharidoses, and lymphedema)
Genetic conditions
Aging
Aging
Birth anomalies
(exposure to androgen
hormones in the womb)
Birth anomalies

What Is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a vaginal rejuvenation surgery that aims to correct hanging, misshaped, and discolored labia minora (inner vaginal lips). The surgery takes 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the extent of misalignment with labia majora (outer lips). Dr. LaBarbera performs labiaplasty as a purely cosmetic procedure and aims 
to remove unwanted tissue without impacting the functional parts of the vagina.

Labiaplasty Techniques

Trim Technique

The trim technique eliminates excess skin from the inner labia using a scalpel. This is one of the most common and straightforward labiaplasty procedures. The trim technique allows for precise contouring by reducing the outer edges of the labia minora. It is appropriate for patients with mild to moderate loose tissue.

Wedge Technique

The wedge technique removes a V-shaped wedge from the thickest part of the labia minora. The remaining edges are stitched together, resulting in narrower labia. This technique is best for women with very enlarged inner vaginal lips that protrude past the outer ones.

Combination Technique

Dr. LaBarbera can also use a combination of the trim and wedge methods for optimal results. First, excess inner labia tissue is contoured using the trim technique. Then, a wedge excision is made to reduce bulk and decrease tissue protrusion. This dual approach makes it possible to achieve higher customization and precision for the patient’s unique anatomy.

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Consultation & Preparation for Labiaplasty

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During the initial consultation, Dr. LaBarbera learns about the patient’s concerns 
and expectations. He reviews their medical history, thoroughly examines the vulva region, and explains what can be realistically achieved with labiaplasty. Surgical and recovery risks are also discussed in great detail. This initial visit is a great opportunity for the patient to ask any questions they may have about the surgery and the expected outcome.

Depending on the anatomy and the amount of tissue removal a person chooses, 
Dr. LaBarbera selects the best labiaplasty method. He also provides pre-surgery instructions to prepare the patient for the procedure. This usually includes avoiding blood thinning medications like aspirin for 1-2 weeks beforehand to minimize bleeding risk. Arrangements should be made for transportation after surgery with someone 
who can assist during the initial 24-hour recovery period. The genital area must be shaved 4 days before the operation to let the skin heal properly.
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Surgical Procedure

Anesthesia
Labiaplasty surgery is usually performed awake with local anesthesia 
or under general anesthesia based on the patient’s desire. Many women opt for local anesthesia as it allows them to remain awake during the procedure, drive themselves home afterward, and maintain a higher level of discretion since no one needs to pick them up.
Dr. LaBarbera makes one or more small incisions along the edge of the inner vaginal lips. The location and type of incisions (wedge, trim, or combined) depends on the goals of the surgery and the amount of tissue to be removed. The incisions allow the surgeon to reshape the labia as desired.
Dr. LaBarbera reconstructs the vaginal lips to meet the patient’s cosmetic goals and ensures that the natural color and contouring of the pubic area are preserved. He uses the latest techniques and equipment to minimize scarring.
Incisions made during labiaplasty are sealed with sutures. The ones from the trim technique are closed along the edges of the labia minora. In the wedge technique, a V-shaped piece of excess skin is removed, and the remaining edges of the labia minora are sutured together.
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Add-On Procedure:
Clitoral Hood Reduction

Clitoral hood reduction aims to enhance aesthetic symmetry and alleviate discomfort caused by loose tissue around the clitoris. By carefully reshaping 
the clitoral hood, Dr. LaBarbera can achieve a more balanced and proportional appearance, improving the overall results of the procedure. This additional surgery ensures harmony between the labia minora and clitoral region, addressing both functional concerns and cosmetic preferences of the patient.

Recovery After Labiaplasty

Patients are able to go home the same day after the surgery. They are required to avoid activities that may cause bleeding or swelling like exercising the first few weeks. Sexual intercourse, use of tampons, and douching need to be avoided for 6 weeks.

Just like with any other surgical procedure, patients will experience some numbness in the target area. This effect is temporary and quickly fades away as the vaginal lips and surrounding skin heals. As one of the most qualified labiaplasty surgeons in Arizona, Dr. LaBarbera employs advanced techniques to minimize scarring and preserve the nerves in the vaginal area.
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Candidates for Labiaplasty

Women have labiaplasty for either cosmetic or functional reasons. Dr. LaBarbera works closely with all his patients to achieve the best results for each of them. Typical candidates for labia reduction:
During the initial consultation, Dr. LaBarbera will examine the labia and recommend the best plan to move forward.

Benefits of Labiaplasty

Vaginal Rejuvenation
Labiaplasty can rejuvenate the genital area 
by reshaping the labia minora. This surgery restores a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing vaginal appearance. As a result, patients become more confident and improve their sexual lives.
No Friction of Labia Minora
One of the major benefits of labiaplasty is the elimination of discomfort caused by friction between the inner vaginal lips and clothing during physical activities. By achieving a more proportional size and shape of the labia minora, patients may experience less irritation and discomfort in everyday life.
Outpatient Procedure
Labiaplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that women can return home the same day after surgery. This minimizes disruption to daily life and allows for a convenient recovery at home.
Improved Psychological Well-Being
Beyond the physical benefits, labiaplasty may also have positive effects on psychological well-being. For individuals who have been self-conscious or experienced psychological distress due to the appearance or discomfort of their inner lips, undergoing this surgery can provide 
a sense of relief, improved body image, and enhanced self-esteem.

Cost of Labiaplasty in Phoenix

The cost of labiaplasty in Phoenix, AZ, ranges from $8,000 to $15,000. When considering this procedure, it is important to find an experienced, board-certified surgeon like Dr. LaBarbera. Factors that influence the final cost include the complexity of operation, anesthesia type, facility charges, and aftercare. Candidates should consult with Dr. LaBarbera to get an accurate price estimate based on their individual needs and anatomy. If a patient decides to move forward with the procedure but is budget-conscious, we offer convenient payment plans with CareCredit and PatientFi.

How Is Our Labiaplasty Different From Others?

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Patients looking for exceptional surgical skills and personalized care should choose Dr. LaBarbera because he adheres to the highest standards of quality and safety. Our doctor has extensive training and expertise in the latest cosmetic surgery techniques to help women achieve their goals. His patient-focused approach guides people through each step of their transformation. Whether considering labiaplasty or other cosmetic procedures, Dr. LaBarbera creates customized treatment plans and utilizes his specialized skills to reveal our patients’ full potential.
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