Labiaplasty

The effects of childbirth, aging or genetics on genital tissues can lead to physical and emotional discomfort, but labiaplasty can help. Learn more about this life-enhancing procedure.

  • Initial Recovery Time: 5 days
  • Final Results: 3 weeks

Vaginal Rejuvenation in Richmond

Genetics, childbearing and menopause leave lasting effects on a woman’s body, including in the genital area. While perfectly normal, not all of these changes are easy to live with. Stretched, irregularly shaped, or disproportionately large labia can cause significant discomfort, both physically and emotionally.

Fortunately, there is a lasting solution: labiaplasty. This plastic surgery procedure removes excess, sagging skin to tighten external genital tissues and alleviate discomfort caused by loosened tissues. When performed by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, labiaplasty is safe and can alleviate or eliminate discomfort caused by overlarge labia.

How labiaplasty can help

Overly large, stretched or protruding labia can interfere with a woman’s ability to enjoy many activities that we consider a normal part of a healthy life, including exercise, shopping for clothing, and sex. By reducing labia size and firming the external vaginal tissues, the labiaplasty offers benefits that extend beyond cosmetic improvement, including:

  • Alleviate pain during activities such as cycling or jogging
  • Enhance sensation and comfort during sexual intercourse
  • Restore comfort when wear swimsuits or tight clothing
  • Improve self-confidence and overall sense of well-being

Labiaplasty can also be performed as part of a mommy makeover for more comprehensive improvement of breast and body contours following pregnancy and childbirth.

About the labiaplasty procedure in Richmond

The process begins with a personal consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Chen and his nurse to discuss your concerns and goals. If you and Dr. Chen agree that labiaplasty is the right option for you, we will work with you to schedule a surgery date that fits your schedule.

Labiaplasty can be performed using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the extent of surgery as well as your preferences. Through small incisions located in the natural folds of the labia, excess skin is removed to reduce labia size and restore symmetry.

What is recovery like after labiaplasty?

Dr. Chen’s patients typically enjoy a smooth, swift recovery after labiaplasty. Mild to moderate swelling is common, but pain isn’t usually an issue. Any discomfort can be controlled with prescription pain medication or Tylenol. You will be able to use the bathroom normally; Dr. Chen will give you instructions for keeping the area clean as you heal.

Most patients return to work within 2 to 5 days, and exercise that does not place pressure on the labia may be resumed after about 2 weeks. More vigorous activities, including cycling, swimming, and sex, must be postponed for about 1 month. At your consultation, Dr. Chen will discuss the surgery and recovery process in detail and answer any questions you have about the procedure.

Life after labiaplasty

The vast majority of women who undergo labiaplasty are glad they did; the procedure boasts a 95% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf. Patients report significant improvement in their comfort and self-confidence; many say having the procedure has enhanced their relationship with their partner.

Results will last for many years, so long as you maintain a fairly stable weight. Although the natural aging process will continue, you should experience significantly less sagging in the future than you would have without having the procedure.

If you would like to learn more about labiaplasty, we invite you to contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Chen. Call 804-285-4115, or you may fill out the form below.