Labiaplasty Surgery Cost and Procedure Information
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1 to 2 hours
0 - 1 night
General or local with sedation
What Is Labiaplasty Surgery?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce the size or change the shape of the labia minora and/or labia majora. Also called designer vagina surgery or labial reduction, it is the most popular vaginal surgery and is in high demand.
Why Have Labiaplasty Surgery?
It is important to remember that there is no standard shape, size or colour for any genitalia including labia.
The average length of the labia from the base to the edge is around one inch, and it is normal for them to be larger or smaller than this average. Asymmetrical labia are also common.
It is also natural for the labia to change in size, shape or colour throughout life due to hormonal changes, childbirth or age.
Even though there is no standard, patients may still feel self-conscious or uncomfortable with the size, colour or asymmetry of your labia. In this case, labiaplasty may be a good option.
The labial reduction can potentially help resolve emotional or physical discomfort related to the size of the labia.
Labiaplasty surgery can be performed on both the thinner inner labia minora and larger outer labia majora. However, it is more commonly done to reduce the size of the labia minora
The illustration below shows possible results from a labial reduction on the labia minora alone.
Labiaplasty patients have this surgery for a variety of reasons including:
- Feeling self-conscious or unhappy about the size, colour or shape of their labia
- A want to correct asymmetry
- Unhappiness that the labia minora are longer than the labia majora
- Dislike that their labia have a darker colour on the outer edge
- Unresolved labial tearing from childbirth
- Tugging or chafing when wearing clothes that fit closely to the groin
- Discomfort or pain in the labia during activities like cycling, running or sex
How much does Labiaplasty Surgery Cost?
The cost of Labiaplasty surgery is generally between £3,000 and £4,000. However, every procedure is different and tailored to a patient’s personal wants and needs. The variables selected by a patient may lead to higher or lower costs. These details are matters discussed during the consultation with a surgeon and so the final price will only be known after the consultation. The variables may include:
- A patient’s chosen hospital or clinic
- Surgeon experience
- Anaesthetist experience
- The surgical technique chosen for the procedure
- Additional combined procedures
Following the consultation and the final price has been offered, patients can trust that there will be no hidden costs or add-on fees. The costs are all-inclusive and transparent. The final price will cover:
- Highly rated CQC hospital cost
- Surgeon and Anaesthetist’s time and expertise
- Overnight stays (should it be required)
- Aftercare and follow-up appointments
The Labiaplasty Consultation
A consultation for labial reduction surgery with a surgeon can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour to complete and can take place in-person or via secure video call. This meeting is the time for patients to learn more information about labial reduction surgery from an expert surgeon.
It’s very important patients are as open and honest with the surgeon as possible. This allows them to formulate the best procedure option in order to achieve the best results.
The surgeon will also use this meeting to learn about a patient's current health, examine the labia, and learn about the expectations for surgery and ultimately decide if the patient is a good candidate for labiaplasty or not.
What to Expect from a Labiaplasty Consultation?
Generally, consultations are focused on questions about the patient's health and expectations for surgery and a physical examination.
Patients can expect to be asked questions regarding:
- Current health status
- Any previous medical issues
- Any previous surgery to the groin
- Any current medications including over the counter, vitamins and herbal remedies
- Any allergies, especially to medications
- Any nicotine, alcohol or other drug use
The surgeon will then examine the labia to decide what technique is best. They may also take photos of the groin. These photos will remain sealed in a private medical file.
Once they have examined the patient, they will give them their recommendation and plan for surgery should they wish to proceed.
Questions to Ask During a Labiaplasty Consultation?
The first consultation is the perfect time to ask any questions that patients may have about labial reduction. Before the appointment, patients may find it helpful to write down any questions.
Below are some general questions patients might like to consider asking:
- Are the expectations realistic?
- When is sex possible again?
- Is there any risk of altered sensation on the labia or groin after surgery?
- What is recovery like?
- What level of pain will there be after surgery?
- What kind of scarring is expected on the labia after surgery?
- Experience with labiaplasty surgery
- Request to see before and after photos
- Will it affect the ability to have children?
How is Labial Reduction Surgery Performed?
Generally, labial reduction takes between 1 to 2 hours to complete. The majority of patients do not require an overnight stay in the hospital after labial reduction, but this will be decided by the surgeon based on how patients recover from anaesthesia.
Depending on the complexity of the case, the surgery can be performed on a patient who is under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation.
General anaesthesia is more commonly used for longer surgeries as it puts the patient into a deep dreamless sleep.
Local anaesthesia with sedation is often an option for shorter surgeries. It involves a medication that numbs the area of the body where the surgery takes place and a sedative that is given to the patient to help them keep calm and relaxed throughout the surgery. If patients have concerns about anaesthesia, due discuss this with the surgeon in consultation and likewise, if patients have issues/allergies or have had previous negative experiences with anaesthetic, the consultation is a good time to bring it up.
Common Labiaplasty Techniques
There are two main techniques for labial reduction.
Trim Technique Labiaplasty
Also called a strip labiaplasty, this is the simplest labial reduction technique and is only performed on the inner labia minora.
This method requires an incision along the length of the labia minora. This effectively trims off the edge of the labia to ensure the new edge is in line with or slightly shorter than the labia majora depending on the patient’s wishes.
The incision can be made with a standard metal scalpel or laser depending on the surgeon’s preferences and training. The incision is closed with either dissolvable stitches or surgical glue.
The incision and resulting scar is at the edge of the labia minora and is more noticeable than the scars from a wedge labial reduction.
The benefits of a trim labiaplasty are:
- Faster and less invasive than a wedge labiaplasty
- Removes the edge of the labia minora which is most prone to darkening
- Can remove excess tissue from the clitoral hood
The potential drawbacks of a trim labiaplasty are:
- More visible scarring than a wedge labiaplasty
- Less likely to have a natural-looking transition from labia minora to the clitoral hood
- Can only be performed on the labia minora
Wedge Technique Labiaplasty
The wedge labiaplasty method is a more complex surgery than a strip labial reduction. It is best for patients who have more excess tissue or asymmetry who want to reduce the size of their labia minora and/or labia majora.
This technique removes a V-shaped wedge of tissue from the labia. This type of incision reduces the length of the labia without removing the outer edges.
The V-shaped incision is then closed with dissolvable sutures or surgical glue. The final incision line and resulting scar runs vertically on the labia and is much less visible than the scars left from a strip labial reduction.
The benefits of a wedge labiaplasty are:
- More tissue can be removed than during a trim labiaplasty
- Tissue can be removed from both the labia majora and labia minora
- The outer edge of the labia is preserved
- Preserves the natural transition from the labia minora to the clitoral hood
- Scarring is more concealed and results are more natural-looking when compared to a trim labiaplasty
The potential drawbacks of a wedge labiaplasty are:
- More complex surgical procedure than a trim labiaplasty
- Potentially longer healing time than a trim labiaplasty
- Dark areas of skin on the outer edges of the labia are not completely removed
- Cannot remove excess tissue from the clitoral hood
How Long Does the Labiaplasty Surgery Results Take to Show?
The labial reduction results will be immediately visible after surgery. However, there will likely be some swelling.
The final results from labial reduction will be visible by about 6 months after the surgery. This allows time for the incisions to heal and for any swelling to go down.
Potential Risks & Complications Related to Labiaplasty Surgery
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with labial reduction.
All BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeons are dedicated to fully informing each patient of the risks and complications before they agree to proceed with surgery. However, it is always a good idea for patients to personally research the risks associated with their procedure.
The risks and complications associated with labiaplasty include:
- Blood clots
- Reaction to anaesthesia
- Nausea and vomiting
- Groin and labia pain
- Tissue necrosis
- Scarring or keloid scarring
- A reduced or altered sensation of the labia or genitals
- Discolouration of the labia near the incision
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What are some common labiaplasty FAQs?
Questions from other patients going through this operation can be helpful. They may cover questions you didn’t even think to ask.