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Jude LaBarbera MD Plastic Surgery provides advanced labiaplasty services to patients in Scottsdale and neighboring areas. Enlarged or deformed labia minora can cause physical discomfort due to rubbing against underwear and may lead to decreased sexual satisfaction and pain during physical activities. Dr. Jude LaBarbera, our board-certified plastic surgeon, addresses this issue using the latest techniques and innovative technology. Following a labiaplasty, patients often experience increased comfort and confidence, significantly enhancing their quality of life. 

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Causes of Labia Asymmetry

Labia asymmetry is a common condition affecting women from their late teens into adulthood. The most common causes of enlarged inner vaginal lips include:

and childbirth
and childbirth
Genetic conditions
(congenital adrenal hyperplasia, mucopolysaccharidoses, and lymphedema)
Genetic conditions
Birth anomalies
(exposure to androgen
hormones in the womb)
Birth anomalies

What Is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty, a vaginal rejuvenation surgery, addresses hanging, misshaped, and discolored labia minora (inner vaginal lips). The surgery duration ranges from 2-3 hours, depending on the degree of misalignment with the labia majora (outer lips). Dr. LaBarbera performs this procedure purely for cosmetic reasons, ensuring that unwanted tissue is removed without affecting the functional areas of the vagina.

Labiaplasty Techniques

Trim Technique

The trim technique is a common and straightforward labiaplasty procedure that removes excess skin from the inner labia using a scalpel. This approach allows for precise contouring by reducing the outer edges of the labia minora, making it ideal for patients with mild to moderate loose tissue.

Wedge Technique

The wedge technique excises a V-shaped section from the thickest part of the labia minora. By stitching the remaining edges together, the labia become narrower. This method is especially effective for women with notably enlarged inner vaginal lips that extend beyond the outer labia.

Combination Technique

Dr. LaBarbera can also combine the trim and wedge methods for optimal results. Initially, the trim technique is used to contour excess inner labia tissue. Following this, a wedge excision is performed to reduce bulk and minimize tissue protrusion. This combined approach allows for greater customization and precision, tailored to the patient’s unique anatomy.

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Labiaplasty Preparation & Consultation

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During the initial consultation, Dr. LaBarbera addresses the patient’s concerns and expectations. He reviews their medical history, examines the vulva region, and outlines what can realistically be achieved with labiaplasty. Detailed discussions about surgical and recovery risks are also part of this visit. Patients have the opportunity to ask any questions about the procedure and the expected outcomes.

Dr. LaBarbera determines the most suitable labiaplasty method based on the patient’s anatomy and the desired extent of tissue removal. He provides pre-surgery instructions to prepare the patient, such as avoiding blood-thinning medications like aspirin for 1-2 weeks beforehand to minimize bleeding risks. Patients should arrange for transportation and assistance during the first 24 hours of recovery. Additionally, shaving the genital area four days before the operation allows the skin to heal properly before surgery.

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Surgical Procedure


Labiaplasty surgery is performed with either local anesthesia or general anesthesia based on the patient’s preference. Opting for local anesthesia lets many women stay awake during the procedure, drive themselves home afterward, and maintain greater privacy since they do not need someone to pick them up.

Dr. LaBarbera creates one or more small incisions along the edge of the inner vaginal lips. The location and type of incisions—whether wedge, trim, or a combination—depend on the surgery’s goals and the amount of tissue to be removed. These incisions enable the surgeon to reshape the labia to achieve the desired outcome.

Dr. LaBarbera reshapes the vaginal lips to align with the patient’s cosmetic goals while preserving the natural color and contour of the pubic area. Utilizing the latest techniques and equipment, he ensures minimal scarring for optimal results.

During labiaplasty, incisions are sealed with sutures. For the trim technique, the sutures are placed along the edges of the labia minora. In the wedge technique, a V-shaped section of excess skin is removed, and the remaining edges of the labia minora are stitched together.

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Add-On Procedure:
Clitoral Hood Reduction

A clitoral hood reduction addresses both aesthetic symmetry and discomfort from excess tissue around the clitoris. Dr. LaBarbera skillfully reshapes the clitoral hood to create a balanced and proportional look, enhancing the overall outcome of the procedure. This surgery harmonizes the appearance of the labia minora and clitoral region, catering to the patient’s functional needs and cosmetic preferences.

Recovery After Labiaplasty

Patients can return home the same day after the surgery. They must avoid activities that could cause bleeding or swelling, such as exercising, for the first few weeks. Sexual intercourse, tampon use, and douching should be avoided for six weeks.

As with any surgical procedure, some numbness in the treated area is expected. This temporary effect will fade as the vaginal lips and surrounding skin heal. Dr. LaBarbera, one of Arizona’s most skilled labiaplasty surgeons, uses advanced techniques to minimize scarring and preserve nerve function in the vaginal area.

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Candidates for Labiaplasty

Women choose labiaplasty for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Dr. LaBarbera collaborates closely with each patient to ensure the best possible outcomes. Typical candidates for labia reduction have the following reasons for the surgery:

During the initial consultation, Dr. LaBarbera will examine the labia and recommend the most appropriate 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 Scottsdale

The cost of labiaplasty in Scottsdale, AZ, typically ranges from $8,000 to $15,000. Selecting an experienced, board-certified surgeon like Dr. LaBarbera is essential for this procedure. Various factors contribute to the final cost, such as the operation’s complexity, the type of anesthesia used, facility fees, and aftercare. To receive an accurate price estimate tailored to their specific needs and anatomy, candidates should schedule a consultation with Dr. LaBarbera. For those concerned about budget, we offer flexible payment plans through CareCredit and PatientFi.

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For those seeking top-tier surgical skills and individualized care, Dr. LaBarbera is an excellent choice. Committed to the highest standards of quality and safety, he has extensive training in the latest cosmetic surgery techniques. Dr. LaBarbera’s patient-centered approach guides individuals through every step of their transformation, whether they are considering labiaplasty or other cosmetic procedures. He develops personalized treatment plans and uses his expertise to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals and reveal their full potential.

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