Labiaplasty: The How and Why

The highly personal nature of labiaplasty can make it difficult to discuss. The stigma or taboo that still surrounds this procedure may prevent women from getting the information they need. I want to start a discussion about labiaplasty, as it has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of many women.

What is labiaplasty?

It is not uncommon for labia to become stretched or enlarged. Many women develop this condition and suffer from embarrassment and physical discomfort. Wearing tight clothing can cause chafing, riding a horse or bicycle can be painful, and intimacy can become anxiety-inducing. Now, women have the option to surgically correct these problems. Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure I perform in Phoenix to reduce enlarged labia for improved comfort and quality of life.

How is labiaplasty performed?

There are several ways to perform labiaplasty. I prefer a technique that preserves sensation and minimizes scarring. Using local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia (depending on patient preference), I perform a modified wedge resection technique. This procedure removes a wedge of excess tissue from the middle of the labia. Essentially, it’s a very delicate sculpting of the labia skin and surrounding tissue.

The procedure is performed at my surgery center and often takes only a little more than an hour. Patients are usually back to their normal routine in about a week. However, it will be several weeks before sexual activity and strenuous exercise can resume.

Choosing a skilled surgeon for your labiaplasty is absolutely essential. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with considerable medical education, training and experience, I am able to achieve attractive results in this highly sensitive area. Be sure to ask your surgeon about his or her experience with the labiaplasty procedure.

What are the benefits of labiplasty?

Taking action to address enlarged labia takes courage, but most women tell me that they only wish they’d had their labiaplasty sooner. The benefits are clear: increased comfort and the confidence that comes from an aesthetically-pleasing labia.

If you’ve had this surgery or are considering it, I encourage you to post and add to the conversation.

3 Responses to Labiaplasty: The How and Why

  • Stephanie Storm says:

    I am really interested in this procedure, although I cannot afford to have it done. Is there any record of AHCCCS insurance ever covering for a patient to have labiaplasty? I am going to my dr. to see if he can send AHCCCS a authorization for me to get this surgery and see if they will approve to cover it for me, but I was just wanting to know what my chances are for them to approve it?

    • Dr. Cohen says:

      To be honest, since I am not involved with any insurance companies, I am not certain if any of them would cover labiaplasty surgery. I would be very surprised if any of them did cover this procedure as it is generally considered cosmetic surgery. I suppose if a gynecologist recommended the procedure due to labial irritation, difficulty wearing tight pants, or problems with exercise such as riding a bicycle, some insurance companies might provide some financial coverage. My recommendation, for anyone wondering about this, would be to call their insurance company (AHCCCS in your case) and find out what their insurance carrier’s position is on labiaplasty, and also find out if it would need to be recommended by a gynecologist, if the surgeon performing the procedure has to be a provider for the insurance plan, if pre-approval for the procedure is required, etc. I hope that information helped, and best of luck!

  • Sylvana says:

    Hi I’m interested in this, do you think you can email me a range of the cost and payment information

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