Labiaplasty can relieve discomfort and enhance the appearance of the vagina by decreasing the size of the labia minora.

Our highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons have performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. We invite you to book a consultation to discuss your goals and treatment options.

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Labiaplasty Benefits:

  • Smaller, more symmetrical labia minora

  • Reduced tugging, itching, and irritation in the vaginal area

  • Improved confidence

  • Pain reduction

  • More comfortable in fitted clothing

What to Expect

Large labia can cause chafing and cause tugging or irritation during exercise, intercourse, or everyday activities. While some patients choose to undergo labiaplasty to improve the appearance of the vulva, others seek to relieve chronic discomfort. Enlarged labia are common and may be due to childbirth, aging, or genetics.

There are several approaches to performing labiaplasty including:

  • Trim (curved linear resection) procedure: A widely used technique that involves trimming excess tissue from the labia minora, making it flush with the outer labia majora. The trim approach removes the edges of the labia and is preferred by patients who want their labia to look small and symmetrical.
  • Wedge procedure: The wedge approach uses a V-shaped incision that maintains the natural contours of the labia. The widest section of the labia minora is resected, leaving the top and bottom sections intact.

While both procedures are safe and effective, the V-wedge resection is slightly less commonly performed than the curved linear resection.

The procedure usually takes under an hour and is typically performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia based on the treatment plan. We perform labiaplasties as outpatient procedures at our accredited ambulatory Northern Arizona SurgiCenter in Flagstaff, AZ.

Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.

Labiaplasty Recovery and Aftercare

Patients can typically return to work and activity within two weeks and will see final results within three to six months. Mild pain, bruising, and swelling are common. During recovery, it’s important to get up and move around regularly.

To optimize healing, we ask our patients to follow these recovery guidelines after their procedure. If you notice increased redness, discharge, or pain near your incision, please give us a call right away.

  • Incision Aftercare: Apply a topical antibiotic ointment to the incisions for the first week after surgery. This ensures that the wound heals properly and is epithelialized, reducing the risk of superficial infection, wound dehiscence, suture granulomas, and scarring. Rinse the operative area with clean water using a squirt bottle (peri-wash) after using the toilet.

  • Pain Management: Iced pads placed in the underwear can help relieve swelling and discomfort. We may prescribe pain medications.

  • Bathing: You can take a short shower 48 hours after your procedure, but avoid soaking in bathtubs or swimming pools for six weeks. Sitz baths may help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Gently pat the area dry after showers – don’t use a hair dryer.

  • Clothing: Wear loose underwear to avoid friction and discomfort while the vaginal area is healing.

  • Exercise: It’s essential to minimize strain on the operative sites by avoiding strenuous activities, prolonged sitting, cycling, running, and very long walks for at least a month. Abstain from sexual intercourse for six weeks to optimize healing.

Labiaplasty FAQs

On average, labiaplasty surgery costs between $5,000 to $6,300. At Plastic Surgeons of Northern Arizona, we offer six- and nine-month financing plans through CareCredit.

Your labiaplasty may be covered by your insurance if it is deemed medically necessary. To be medically necessary, your labia minora must be associated with: 

  • Chronic pain
  • Itching and rashes
  • Vaginal discomfort
  • Persistent bladder and urinary tract infections
  • Difficulty urinating

Your medical records must show that you have visited doctors or specialists to discuss these symptoms in the past. It’s important to contact your insurer before your procedure to see if they will prequalify your labiaplasty.

We offer interest-free financing options through Care Credit and PatientFi.

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