Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about labiaplasty procedure issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you. Please call us at 732-641-3350
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What are the post-operative instructions for Labiaplasty.
<p>1. If you had general anesthesia, someone must be with you at all times for the initial 24 hours following surgery.</p>
<p>2. Apply ice to the area for 24-48 hours following surgery. This will help minimize swelling. For the first few days you may choose to keep pillow under buttocks to reduce swelling.</p>
<p>3. We ask you to take it easy for the first week. </p>
<p>4. Take medications as instructed. The Keflex (antibiotic) must be taken four time a day until completed, or at least for 5 days. Please take the Diflucan (antifungal medication) the next morning after returning from surgery center. This medication can help prevent yeast infections.</p>
<p>5. You may begin showering the next day after surgery. You may use luke warm water and mild soap. Please keep area clean and dry at all times.</p>
<p>6. Do not involve yourself in any strenuous activities, such as lifting, running, dancing, yoga, swimming, etc.</p>
<p>7. No sexual intercourse for the six weeks after surgery.</p>
<p>8. Do not use tampons for the first six weeks after surgery.<br/>9. You will be able to drive once you do not take narcotic Pain medicines, Tylenol and Motrin are OK<br/></p>
Am I a good candidate for Labioplasty surgery?
The labial area is a very sensitive issue for women. Enlarged inner or outer labia lips of the vagina may cause problems like pain, discomfort, catching or folding on certain type of clothing, pain with exercise, and sexual activity, embarrassment, or even negatively affect sexual intimacy. Tight-fitting pants and bathing suits may be quite uncomfortable or even painful. Sporting activities may also be difficult. Labiaplasty can improve the contour of the labia minora or labia majora, and relieve these distressing conditions.
Young and adult women in good health are the best candidates.
Can I have several procedures performed simultaneously?
It is a relatively common practice for a plastic surgeon to perform multiple procedures during one operation. This allows the surgeon to better “sculpt” your final appearance. In addition, having several procedures done simultaneously saves you the expense of paying the operating room and anesthesia costs more than once. However, having too much done at one time can lead to complications. The decision to have multiple procedures done depends on which procedures are being done, the extent of surgery, the operating time, and your age/health. Ultimately, the surgeon decides whether or not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation.
In addition to labiaplasty, liposuction, tummy tuck, or vaginoplasty may be performed.
Does it matter how old I am?
Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation. People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery. There are even procedures appropriate for young children! It is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the aging process. What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another. We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.
What happens during my initial consultation?
During your consultation we will discuss your desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in question are right for you. This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery. We will discuss the results that can be achieved, with the aid of photos and/or computer imaging. When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary effects.
Can I travel for the procedure?
Because there are very few qualified labiaplasty surgeons, many people travel to get the procedure. We have special accommodations available for traveling patients. Initial consultations may be conducted by phone and patients can also send photos of the area that needs treatment.
Will my insurance cover the surgery?
Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery but not for cosmetic surgery. For example, insurance providers will often pay for breast augmentation to reconstruct a breast following a mastectomy; breast reduction to remedy back pain caused by heavy breasts; eyelid surgery to remove sagging skin that blocks vision; nose surgery to allow for a patient to breathe better; or tummy tucks to remedy the vertical separation of abdomen muscles known as diastasis. Insurance providers are required by law to cover breast reconstruction surgery and any cosmetic operations necessary to create symmetry in either breast. If your surgery is covered by insurance, pre-certification is required. We will be happy to assist you with the process.
Unfortunately, insurance carriers consider labiaplasty a cosmetic procedure and therefore they do not cover the cost of surgery.
What do you do during the procedure?
The enlarged inner and outer vaginal lips are surgically reduced to the appropriate size. Most doctors will use tiny scissors or scalpel to sculpt the tissue of the labia. We also use CO2 laser to do that. We have noticed that with laser labioplasty we see less swelling and pain after the surgery and faster healing. The incision location depends on individual factors, especially the configuration and texture of the labia. The doctor will then suture the incision closed with absorbable stitches.
What are the complications after labiaplasty?
Complications are a possibility with any medical procedure. The risk can be reduced by selecting the experienced doctor and carefully following post-operative instructions.
One of the most common complications is temporary numbness, superficial infection, scar tissue build up, a hematoma, puckering or irregularity of the skin, or loss of sensitivity in the area, changes in pigmentation, thickness, and smoothness of the edges of the labia.
How much does labiaplasty cost?
Any surgical procedure includes three costs: anesthesia fees, facility fees, and surgeon's fees.
Labia minora or majora reduction fees start from $3,200 for simple cases for surgical fee. Operating room fee vary from $500-$750. Anesthesia fee varies from $250-500.
We also happy to offer very affordable financing. Based on our experience, most patients with reasonable (not perfect) credit are able to afford it. The payments vary from $99-$159 per month. Again, by no mean we can guarantee these rates. Thay are subject to approval by credit company and individual score and terms. The point is that it is still very affordable.
Will I have a scar after labiaplasty?
Fortunately with our technique the scarring is barely noticable. And with our Laser labioplasty it is even less.
Can I have labiaplasty if I’ve not had the children yet?
Yes. If large labia create either physical, emotional or psychological problems it make sence to have it corrected, especially because the procedure itself is quite simple and straightforward.
What type of anesthesia do you prefer for labiaplasty, or labia reduction procedure?
The labia minora surgery can be done with local anesthesia, twi-light sedation, or even general anesthesia. We will discuss all the options with you during your personal consultation.
How long do I have to stay in the ares and how many times do I come back for follow ups?
The way we structure the procedure for our out of the area patients makes only one trip necessary. Pre-operative testing and planning can be done locally where you live.
The surgery is done the following day after your arrival. You may be able to leave the following day after the surgery depending on complexity of the procedure. So, overall stay is 2-3 days (over the weekend or right before it)
Most follow ups can be done over the phone or e-mail (privacy issues apply).
Could labiaplasty cause problems with sex life?
Usually labiaplasty does not cause changes of sensitivity when done correctly. Hoever, it is theoretically possible. So far none of our patients reported this problems. In most cases, patients actually complain of having problems before, not after.
I live too far away. Can my OB/GYN do it?
Technically you can have the procedure done by the local MD. The question is how experienced they are and what technique they use. Over the last several years new techniques emerged that produce much less scarring and produce much better surgical result. Use of laser also decrease the scarring.
Does it really worth risking such a delicate area of the body for a price of an airline ticket? You decide.
Will my future husband or boyfriend see that I had surgery after from my labiaplasty?
The result of the surgery is very natural, the scars are barely noticable. So, if the new person meets you they most likely will not see the difference.
On the other hand, if you are in a relationship right now they will notice that your privates are more even, more symmetric, more defined. If you had issues with labia folfing or hurting during the intercourse, these problems should improve too if not disappear.
The overall appearance of the genital area creates a younger, "rejuvenated" look.
Will there be a scar on the edge on the labia after labiaplasty healed?
No. Older techniques may produce a painful scar on the edge of the labia. With our technique the scar is way better concealed.
How Much Is An Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation fee is $50. If you decide to have the surgery, this fee is deducted from the surgical fee.
So, what do I do now if I am interested in Labiaplasty Surgery?
Dr. Volshteyn and his staff will be happy to discuss labiaplasty procedure with you. The first step is to call 775-841-9090 and ask for an appointment. If you are in vicinity of Reno / Tahoe area we will be happy to see you in the office first. If you are far away, you may request a virtual consultation. You will receive the health forms to fill out and will be asked to Email or mail (no fax) your pictures. Take a digital photo in the same format as our before and after pictures. Sent the information to our office and Dr. Volshteyn will review the information and determine if you are a candidate for a procedure. He will call you personally or will send you a letter within a week. Please do not forget to enclose a consultation fee of $50.00 or you may call with your credit card number. Again, if you are a candidate for the procedure, the consultation fee will be fully credited to your toward your surgical fee. If you are a good candidate, we will schedule an appointment for you to fly or drive in and meet a doctor. Then the procedure will be scheduled for the next day.
When Can I Resume Exercise After Labiaplasty Surgery?
We recommend avoiding strenuous exercises or activity for at least four to six weeks and some patients possibly a bit longer.
When can I return to work after my Labiaplasty Surgery?
Most patients are able to return to work in two to four days after surgery. Medical excuse letters for work are also available from our office.
How soon can I resume sexual activity after my Labiaplasty Surgery?
Most patients are able to resume sexual activity in six to eight weeks. However, initially you may have unusual sensation or feeling. Please use common sence. If it does not feel right, do not force it. Wait another few days until it doesn't hurt.