Labiaplasty in Akron, OH

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Dr. Apostolis is a double board-certified urogynecologist with over fifteen years of experience performing gynecologic surgery.  He can help you to achieve your desired aesthetic through a labiaplasty procedure.  Call (330) 953-3414 to schedule an appointment at Summit MedAesthetics today!

What is a labiaplasty?

The term labiaplasty refers to a procedure that reduces the length of the labia minora. It is the most commonly performed vaginal rejuvenation procedure and it can relieve symptoms women experience from twisting and tugging of the labia. 

During a labiaplasty, a clitoral hood reduction surgery can also be performed if desired.

Labiaplasty FAQ

Women opt for surgery for a variety of reasons, including pain from twisting and tugging of the labia when riding a bike or during intercourse, itching, irritation and self-consciousness.

The goal of the procedure is to reduce the labia minora so that they don’t hang below the hair-bearing labia majora. A labiaplasty may be performed to reduce asymmetry when one is longer than the other, or, more commonly, to reduce the length of both labia so that the labia no longer twist, tug or fall out of a bathing suit.​

Labiaplasty is a procedure that can be done under either local anesthesia with oral sedation or under general anesthesia.

The most common type of labiaplasty is the trim procedure, in which the extra tissue is removed and sewn up directly. Next in popularity is the wedge procedure, which maintains a natural border after a pie-shaped piece of tissue has been removed. Extra folds of the clitoral hood can also be reduced at the same time. Closure is usually done with absorbable sutures.

The risks associated with labiaplasty include those of most surgical procedures, including bleeding, hematoma and infection. The most common complication is over-resection. While some women desire an aggressive reduction, this can result in chronic dryness, scarring at or near the vaginal opening and pain with intercourse. Healing problems are more likely to occur with a wedge procedure, particularly if the patient is exposed to substances that cause blood vessels to shrink.

  • Most patients take a week off from work, during which they can reduce swelling and pain by icing with a cold pack sandwiched between the patient’s underpants and an elastic garment, like Spanx. This can be done “twenty minutes on, twenty minutes off.” The patient can also lie with her bottom elevated to reduce swelling.
  • Patients can resume wearing tampons or having intercourse after four to six weeks. Trim labiaplasty generally allows for a quicker recovery.
  • While the most distorting swelling is gone by 6 weeks, residual swelling may take six months to disappear.

Labiaplasty typically results in shorter labia that no longer hang down below the level of the hair-bearing labia majora. Most patients who experienced symptoms from twisting and tugging of their labia generally find relief after surgery. According to multiple studies, labiaplasty surgery is associated with a high satisfaction rate of over 90 percent.

This cosmetic procedure reshapes and resizes the labia, resulting in a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping or reducing the size of the labia minora (inner vaginal lips) or the labia majora (outer vaginal lips) to address aesthetic concerns or functional issues.

People consider labiaplasty for various reasons, including discomfort or irritation caused by enlarged or asymmetrical labia, aesthetic dissatisfaction with the appearance of the genital area, discomfort during sexual activity or physical activities, and psychological distress related to the appearance of the labia.

Candidates for labiaplasty are typically individuals who experience physical discomfort, functional issues, or psychological distress due to the size, shape, or appearance of their labia. It's essential to have realistic expectations and undergo a consultation with Dr. Apostolis to determine candidacy.

The labiaplasty procedure typically involves removing excess tissue from the labia minora or labia majora to achieve the desired size and shape. The surgery can be performed using various techniques, including wedge resection, trim technique, or laser surgery, depending on the individual's anatomy and goals.

Labiaplasty is performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss the anesthesia options with you during the consultation.

Recovery after labiaplasty typically involves some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the genital area, which can be managed with pain medications and cold compresses. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities, sexual intercourse, and tight clothing for a few weeks after surgery.

Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a few days to a week after labiaplasty, depending on the extent of the procedure and individual healing. It's essential to follow post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to promote proper healing.

Like any surgical procedure, labiaplasty carries some risks and potential complications, including infection, bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, changes in sensation, and dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome.

In most cases, labiaplasty does not significantly impact sexual sensation or function. However, there is a risk of temporary changes in sensation or discomfort during the healing process. Many patients report improved confidence and comfort during sexual activity after labiaplasty.

Labiaplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. However, if the surgery is performed to address functional issues or medical conditions, such as chronic irritation or discomfort, insurance coverage may be possible. It's essential to check with your insurance provider for specific coverage details

During the consultation for labiaplasty, your surgeon will discuss your concerns, goals, medical history, and expectations for the procedure. They will perform a physical examination and explain the surgical techniques, potential risks, and expected outcomes. It's an opportunity to ask questions and ensure you are fully informed before proceeding with surgery.

If you’re ready to boost your confidence and feel more comfortable in your own skin, labiaplasty could be the right choice for you. Our experienced gynecologic surgeon and caring staff are here to support you every step of the way. Don’t let the appearance of your labia hold you back any longer – contact us today to learn more about labiaplasty and take the first step towards a brighter, more confident you.

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Turn back the clock and achieve your desired aesthetic with labiaplasty.  With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Apostolis is highly skilled in performing gynecologic surgery. Call (330) 953-3414 to schedule a consultation at our medical spa today!