Labiaplasty, offered in Houston, Pearland, and Katy by cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Leo Lapuerta, is a type of plastic surgery that alters the labia. The most common type of labiaplasty surgery is one that involves the labia minora. Enlarged labia minora can be congenital or due to stretching caused by childbirth or from a significant weight gain or loss. Women who have this condition find discomfort in wearing tight-fitting clothes, as well as when exercising and having sex. Labiaplasty is one of the fastest growing types of cosmetic surgeries, resulting in a natural vaginal appearance. During the consultation, Dr. Lapuerta will identify the patient goals going into this surgery so that the desired surgical outcome can be achieved.
"Great work! Caring doc!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 23, 2017
"Love Dr. Lapuerta and his staff! They are professional, always available to you, and they make you feel comfortable in their office. They listen to your concerns and wants without pushing you into making a decision right away. I would highly recommend this office!"- M.C. / Google / Jan 01, 2018
"Loved the whole experience! Everything was explained clearly. The staff was great and made me feel comfortable and welcomed, after the procedure I was sore but not in pain. I’m very happy with my results, it was absolutely worth the pay!"- C.R. / Healthgrades / Dec 14, 2017
"Dr. La Puerta and his staff are top notch. I wish I had done this years ago."- C.L. / Google / Dec 11, 2017
"I had a Breast Augmentation done. I had an awesome experience from the Doctor all the way down to his staff. When I went for my consultation I didn’t feel rushed Dr. Lapuerta took his time and answered all my questions. I was very pleased with him because I wanted to go really big and he was very honest with me about going to big. The day of my Surgery I was very nervous and you could tell, but my Nurse, Dr. Lapuerta and the Anesthesia made me feel so comfortable."- E. / Healthgrades / Dec 07, 2017
Before aesthetic surgeons improved the labiaplasty procedure, the approach was to amputate the excess skin and fold deformity. This approach led to numerous complications including scarring and sensory nerve damage. It is important to find a skilled labiaplasty surgeon who understands that this cosmetic surgery requires some reconstructive processes. Qualified surgeons will be able to incorporate the latest reshaping techniques so that it not only reduces the size, but also preserves most of the natural contour, color and sensitivity of the labia with minimal scarring.
How Labiaplasty is Performed
Labiaplasty can be performed a couple of different ways. One technique uses surgical tools to reshape the inner folds of the labia so they no longer protrude. Essentially, it creates a contoured “V” shape wedge that is removed in order to reduce the size. The remaining edges are sewn with absorbable sutures for a natural appearance. Another technique is one that uses a laser to trim and reshape the labia. This is known medically as “laser labial rejuvenation”. While this approach is effective, it is generally more suitable for smaller skin defects of the labia.
Labiaplasty is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. In surgical cases where a smaller defect exists, a local anesthesia may be used. The entire surgery typically takes 1-2 hours to complete. Following this surgery, women should rest and avoid any activities that will result in additional swelling and discomfort. Vigorous exercise, vaginal intercourse, the use of tampons and douching should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. The incisions made during surgery are minimal. In most cases, the scarring will be almost undetectable.
Labia rejuvenation is a surgery that is now offered by many cosmetic surgeons. Because of this, it is actually one of the more affordable cosmetic procedures. Whether you decide to have this surgery because of aesthetics or for health and comfort, the price will generally average $4,000-$6,500. In some cases, if the condition is causing a medical issue, insurance may cover a portion of the cost.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,000 - $6,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
OBGYN or Plastic Surgeon?
Many OBGYNs are capable of performing labiaplasty. However, this procedure is considered a cosmetic surgery. There is more to the technique than just removing the deformity. Aesthetic issues, such as scarring, symmetry, pigmentation and shape, play an important role. For these reasons, a cosmetic surgeon is sometimes the better choice to correct this condition.
Impact on Intercourse?
This procedure does not impact sexual intercourse in a negative way. If anything, labiaplasty helps to restore any lost sensation because it removes excess skin and tissue blocking the vaginal opening and clitoris. An experienced surgeon will avoid placing incisions near the clitoral region and will carefully work to protect and preserve the sensory nerves.
Pregnancy After Surgery?
It is recommended that women wait to have labiaplasty until after childbearing is complete. If the labia deformity cannot wait until after a pregnancy, the patient will need to understand that the surgical results may be compromised by a later pregnancy. It is important to discuss any pregnancy plans with your cosmetic surgeon so that a pre- and post-pregnancy surgical plan can be put into place.