Why would a woman need labiaplasty? The labia can become misshapen after pregnancy or weight loss, and some women are born with asymmetrical vaginal lips. Labiaplasty (also referred to as labia rejuvenation) is a remarkable surgery that reconstructs the outer appearance of the labia by contouring the surrounding skin and tissue of the vaginal lips. Baton Rouge plastic surgeon, Dr. Erick Sanchez’s surgical technique creates a positive result, often refreshing and reshaping the vaginal lips to exceed patient goals. Irregular or enlarged labia can create an unattractive look, chronic irritations, discomfort during sexual activity, and can become painful in certain clothing. Dr. Sanchez and the Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge offer complete privacy, discretion, and compassion to all patients considering this surgery.
"Very happy with my procedure. Very natural looking!"- E.E. / Facebook / Aug 16, 2018
"Dr. Sanchez and his staff are A+ in my book. I've been singing his praises to anyone who will listen since my procedure. He's professional, compassionate and very thorough in making sure you are satisfied. HE'S THE BEST!!!Candace"- N.S. / Google / Sep 28, 2018
"It was a great experience from when I walked in the door to when I walked out. Everyone was so nice and accommodating & Dr. Sanchez spent a good amount of time with me before and during the procedure, compared to other plastic surgeons. He has the best bedside manner of anyone I’ve been to. Not to mention my lips look incredible (juvederm injections). Will definitely be returning!"- S.C. / Facebook / Aug 16, 2018
"I was so nervous to do this procedure and he was so patient to allow me to come back for a second consult just to answer more of my questions and concerns! Staff was so sweet and made me feel so at peace, especially Katie! She was truly God sent! Thank you Dr Sanchez for being so sweet and making me feel so comfortable throughout this journey! I love the results and feel so much better since doing it! Thanks Christa K"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Jun 16, 2017
"I couldn’t ask for a better surgeon! Dr Sanchez and his office staff are amazing. I found him because I have breast cancer. Dr Sanchez and his office has been a huge blessing to me . I wouldn’t want to fight this battle with any other reconstructive surgeon on my fighting team. From general personality to bed side manner to surgical skills he is the best ?"- T.O. / Facebook / Jul 31, 2018
What to Consider
Females contemplating labiaplasty should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform this surgery. While many OBGYNs have the ability to surgically remove any excess skin that is present in the labia, they are not specialized in the aesthetics of contouring the labia to the patient’s desired outcome. This is also to ensure that the latest cosmetic reshaping techniques are used to not only create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, but to ensure nerve damage does not occur in the surgical process. A talented plastic surgeon with many years of experience will be able to provide the best results in keeping the natural color and shape of the labia creating a visual appeal that patients love with little to no scarring.
Labiaplasty Surgical Process
A device known as Iris Scissors is the most popular approach to labiaplasty. Iris Scissors is a technically advanced tool that is used to delicately and impressively contour the inside folds of the labia. During the surgery, an appealing “V” contoured segment is purposefully shaped to the vaginal lips, and excess skin is eliminated to reduce the size of the labia. Dissolvable sutures are used to quickly and safely close any incisions made during the process, and the surgeon intentionally works to reconstruct the vaginal lips to the patient’s desired outcome.
General anesthesia is used during this surgery, which is performed in an accredited surgical facility on an outpatient basis. On average, labiaplasty takes between 1-2 hours to complete, although the exact time depends heavily on the severity of the patient's case. Certain activities, such as sexual intercourse and the use of tampons, should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. Temporary numbness in the vaginal region directly after the procedure is considered normal. A labiaplasty affects the lips only and leaves the clitoris, the area of intense sensitivity, widely unaffected. This surgery can be life changing for a woman, making her feel confident, sexy and youthful once the healing period has concluded.
Labiaplasty is one cosmetic surgery that may be covered by some medical insurances due to the symptoms associated with the condition. Labiaplasty is very common and depending on the extent of surgical need, the procedure likely runs between $3,000-$5,000.
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Our entire staff understands the sensitive nature of this procedure and thus we treat ever patient with respect and compassion as they consider this surgery. During the consultation, a full examination will be provided, and a treatment plan recommended. Patients will leave feeling hopeful and confident that this surgery can make a positive difference in their lives.
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