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What is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the female labia (vaginal lips). The surgery can be performed on both inner and outer vaginal lips. The primary objective of the surgery is to repair damage to the labia caused by lifestyle, disease, or childbirth. The enlarged labia can cause discomfort during intercourse, sports activities, and while wearing tight clothes or undergarments. This surgery can be performed along with other female genital cosmetic or surgical procedures like vaginoplasty, or vaginal rejuvenation.

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Overview

Labiaplasty
Types of Labiaplasty
  • Labia Majoraplasty
  • Labia Minoraplasty
Benefits of Labiaplasty
  • Relief in the incessant friction, rashes, and infection in the vaginal area
  • Relief in pain during sex
  • Better personal hygiene and health
  • Improved sexual life
  • Comfort in clothing
Importance of early decision
  • Reduced risks of vaginal infections and disorders
  • Better quality of life
  • Better personal hygiene
  • Improved sexual life
Why choose Pristyn Care?
  • Experienced Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Free cab pick-up and drop facility
  • USFDA approved procedure
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Treatment

Diagnosis

The gynecologist physically examines the female’s labia to check the condition and make sure she is fit for the surgery.

Procedure

The procedure shortens or reshapes the vaginal lips. The unwanted tissue is cut away with a scalpel or a laser, and the loose edge is stitched up with dissolvable stitches. The whole procedure takes about one to two hours and is carried out under the influence of either general anesthesia or local anesthesia.

There are basically two ways of reducing the labia minora:

  • edge reduction – The gynecologist trims the excess edges of the labia
  • wedge reduction – The gynecologist cuts away the wedge-shaped labia skin but maintains the original labia edges

In Our Doctor's Word

Dr. Amrita Singh

MBBS

15 Years Experience

"While rarely talked about, an enlarged labia is extremely common among women. At times, the reason is hormonal, at others- aging. Many a time, it also happens because of genetics or simply because of excessive cycling. I see a lot of patients who usually complain of painful friction, discomfort, and infections. Their first question is ‘if the surgery is necessary?’ Well yes, it is. But nowadays, surgery is very advanced. We first numb the site and then cut the enlarged labia through laser. This laser makes the procedure quick and bloodless. While a few stitches are obviously required, the recovery is quick and you can resume basic activities within 3-5 days. Results too, are immediate and long-lasting and will effectively solve the everyday pain and discomfort. So I'll say, don't fear the surgery. Consult your gynecologist at soon as possible. He/she can suggest you the best possible treatment that will help you become healthier and free from everyday pain.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my scars be visible after labiaplasty?

If an expert plastic surgeon performs the surgery with precision, there will be no external scarring after the labiaplasty. The gynecologists or cosmetic surgeons who perform the surgery make sure that the incisions get hidden into the fold of creasing of the skin. If you are looking for an experienced labiaplasty doctor who can perform the surgery without any side effects and complications, you can visit Pristyn Care and consult about your problem with them.

If I visit Pristyn Care, what will happen during my consultation?

A trained gynecologist is likely to treat your condition and perform the labiaplasty surgery at Pristyn Care. During your initial consultation, the doctor will discuss your condition and symptoms and may perform a physical examination to check if you are a good candidate for labiaplasty surgery. If the doctor sees you fit for the surgery, she will discuss the surgery details with you.

Which clinic in Mumbai should I visit for labiaplasty?

There are several female healthcare and cosmetic treatment clinics in Mumbai. But you need to be very cautious while selecting the best clinic for labiaplasty in Mumbai. You need to make sure the clinic has experienced doctors who can perform labiaplasty with no risks and guaranteed success. Pristyn Care is one of the best clinics in Mumbai where you can meet experienced female gynecologists who can provide effective treatment for cosmetic vaginal treatments such as labiaplasty.

How long will it take me after labiaplasty surgery to resume work?

Most patients are able to return to work within -6 after labiaplasty. The female needs to take all precautionary measures as advised by the doctor to ensure a smooth recovery.

If I undergo labia repair surgery at Pristyn Care, will my treatment be covered under insurance?

Labiaplasty, the surgery to repair the labia is a cosmetic choice and not a medical necessity. The surgery is done to enhance the outward appearance of the labia lips, including the size, shape, color, and texture. Since the treatment is not done for medical purposes, most insurances do not cover the cost of labiaplasty. The same is at Pristyn Care. Although labiaplasty is not covered under insurance at Pristyn Care, you will get multiple payment options at Pritstyn Care.

Which is the best hospital in Mumbai for labiaplasty surgery?

Pristyn Care-associated hospitals are some of the best healthcare centers in Mumbai for labia repair surgery. Our hospitals house supremely talented gynecologists who have years of experience in performing this cosmetic gynecology surgery while delivering effective results with high success rates. You can contact on the phone number mentioned on this page or fill in your details in the appointment booking form to consult our surgeons.

Will my consultation and treatment for labiaplasty be confidential?

Yes. Pristyn Care promises extremely confidential consultation and treatment for every treatment. Maintaining confidentiality of our patient’s details is one of our important philosophies.

What are the causes of enlarged labia?

A woman may have enlarged labia due to multiple childbirth, aging, rough sexual activities, or genetic reasons.

How to know if I have abnormal labia?

No labia is abnormal. Just as we are all different, so are our genitals, their shape, size, and structure. However, at times, inner or outer labia can enlarge unusually because of stress during pregnancy, childbirth, age, or hormonal fluctuations.

If you feel chafing, rashes, pain, and itching very regularly around your labia lips, or frequently experience swelling around your vulva, chances are that your labia has enlarged over time. In such a case, we suggest you consult a gynecologist immediately and discuss the best possible treatment after proper diagnosis.

Why do my labia keep growing?

There is no definite reason for the growth of labia. It could either be shaped a certain way right from birth (congenital reasons), happen because of genetics, or enlarge over time because of hormonal fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, or menopause. This is entirely normal, common, and treatable.

How to make labia smaller at home?

Unfortunately, no medicine, creams, ointment, or home remedy can help reduce the size of an enlarged labia. Labiaplasty surgery is the only proven way to reduce or reshape the enlarged labia lips.

Which doctor performs Labiaplasty- a gynecologist or a plastic surgeon?

Both gynecologists and plastic surgeons perform labiaplasty. However, an Ob-Gynecologist specifically trained and experienced in cosmetic gynecology is the most ideal choice.

What are the qualifications of a Labiaplasty doctor?

The certifications of a labiaplasty surgeon must include one/ more of the following qualifications:

  • MBBS
  • DGO
  • DNB/MS- General Surgery
  • MS-Gynecology
  • MS- Obstetrics
  • MS-Plastic Surgery
  • Masters Course in Cosmetic Gynecology (MCCG)
  • Diploma course in Cosmetic Gynecology (DCCG)
  • Fellowship in Cosmetic Gynecology (FCG)
What is the average consultation fee for a labiaplasty specialist in Mumbai?

An average consultation fee for a gynecologist/ plastic surgeon who can perform labiaplasty runs between INR 500-INR 1500 in Mumbai.

Is labiaplasty the same as vaginoplasty?

No. Labiaplasty is a surgery focussed only on the reshaping of the labial lips (labia minora or labia majora), while vaginoplasty is the surgery to reconstruct the entire vaginal site. Both are done for different reasons. While labiaplasty is done to ease the constant chafing, rashes, itching, and swelling on the enlarged labia, vaginoplasty helps tighten and rejuvenate the loosened vaginal walls and pelvic muscles.

Can labiaplasty and clitoris reconstruction be performed at the same time?

Yes, if need be, both labiaplasty and clitoris reconstruction surgery can be performed at the same time.

What is the best time to schedule labiaplasty surgery?

The best time to schedule labiaplasty surgery is 2-3 days after your current menstrual cycle.

How much time does a labiaplasty surgery take?

Labiaplasty is typically a less than 30-minute surgery. However, including your preparation, some basic tests, and anesthesia time, it may extend to 45-50 minutes.

Does labiaplasty leave any visible scars on the labia lips?

No. Cosmetic gynecologists ensure that the procedure doesn’t leave any visible scars on the labia lips. The incisions are made only in the natural folds of the vulva and are self dissolvable.

Can labiaplasty alter my ability for childbirth?

No. Labiaplasty does not alter your ability for childbirth. Labiaplasty is performed only on the outer vulvar region, while the reproductive organs such as the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes lie way above it. Since none of either is invaded during the procedure, labiaplasty does not alter your reproductive abilities.

Why does it itch after labiaplasty?

Itching is a very natural part of healing. You might also feel a little swelling and itching in the initial two-three days after surgery. You are advised to use your ointment during this time and keep the area clean and dry. With time, medicines should mellow the discomfort and recovery shall complete.

However, if the itching persists, even after a week, please consult your gynecologist immediately. It could be a sign of a yeast or bacterial infection. It could also be an allergic reaction to a medication. In such a case, you would need added medications.

How long should I wait before having sex after labiaplasty?

Doctors advise you to wait for at least 5-6 weeks before resuming your sex life after labiaplasty suregry. Then, as you slowly heal, and feel well-rested, please see your gynecologist for one final clearance. Thereafter, you are free to resume as you like.

Are the results of labiaplasty permanent?

No. No surgery whether cosmetic or otherwise is permanent in nature. Our bodies change with age and that’s only natural.

However, yes, the labiaplasty results are generally long-term and depending on the type and method of surgery used, may sustain for more than 10-15 years.

Does insurance cover labiaplasty surgery?

No, labiaplasty is considered an elective cosmetic procedure, that is, a surgery you undergo out of ‘choice’ and not ‘medical necessity’. Therefore, it is not covered under insurance.

However, Pristyn Care provides you with multiple payment options to ease your medical expenses, including low-cost EMI. To know more, you can call us directly, and our experts will help guide you through the process.

Meet experienced female gynecologists at Pristyn Care, Mumbai for confidential consultation and treatment for labiaplasty?

Pristyn Care healthcare professionals understand the importance of every patient’s privacy and hence are ethically obligated towards maintaining their confidentiality. At Pristyn Care, we maintain the highest order of privacy and confidentiality for any information related to our patient’s medical records and their personal details. Confidentiality is an integral part of healthcare at Pristyn Care. Pristyn Care believes confidentiality to be the cornerstone of every treatment, and when it comes to female healthcare, we understand how crucial privacy can be.

If you are suffering from enlarged labia issues, but are concerned about your privacy issues, you can Pristyn Care for the best confidential healthcare here. When you share your details with our medical coordinator either on-call or through the appointment booking form, you can be assured that your information is safe in our database. No person other than the authorized doctor and medical staff shall have access to your details. When you visit our clinic for consultation or our hospitals for surgery, we commit to protecting your privacy to the maximum. You can meet our expert gynecologists in Mumbai and undergo treatment under extreme confidentiality.

Why women in Mumbai are shifting towards Labiaplasty?

There is a globally trending shift towards cosmetic surgeries including labiaplasty. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were 12,756 labiaplasties performed in 2018. According to Globe Newswire, In 2016, the number of labiaplasty procedures performed increased by 45%, with the top ten countries performing labiaplasty procedures as follows:

  • USA- 13,266
  • Brazil – 23,155
  • Russia – 8,774
  • Spain – 6,894
  • Germany – 6,877
  • Turkey – 5,448
  • Colombia – 4,087
  • France – 3,905
  • Mexico – 3,758
  • India – 3,540

The scene is no different for women in Mumbai. Labiaplasty is growing to be a very important cosmetic surgery following liposuction, breast augmentation, and rhinoplasty. Females in Mumbai are drastically shifting towards getting labia repair surgery done because of the following reasons:

1. A change in grooming practices

In the words of David L Cangello, M.D., Plastic Surgeon, and Labiaplasty Specialist, “Labiaplasty ties into grooming trends where women want everything to be clean and neat and streamlined. It tends to be women who are into their appearance and also active.” The size, shape, and texture have a direct impact on the appearance of female genitalia, which is why more and more women are shifting towards advanced labia repair treatment.

2. Growing awareness of athleticism

Women are becoming extremely self-conscious about their peeking labia through the sides of their underwear. Most women want to feel comfortable and confident in their bathing suits or swimsuits. An elongated labia can make them feel physical discomfort and extremely low on confidence while walking, sitting, during sexual intercourse, and other such activities. Modern-day gynecology treatments have paved a new way of confidence for these women.

3. A beautiful genitalia is what every woman want

A distorted image of the labia is not something that a woman would want. Many women have no idea what normal genitalia is but for most of them, a good-looking and well-structured labia is of course a thing of beauty and confidence. A woman is bound to feel uncomfortable if their inner labia extend beyond the labia majora. The urge to have beautiful genitalia most often compels a woman to undergo labiaplasty.

Tops 5 benefits of labiaplasty surgery

Improved vaginal aesthetics – During labiaplasty, the size, color and texture, and all other aspects of the vaginal lips can be improved. Labiaplasty is the most common vaginal rejuvenation treatment that makes the vaginal walls neater, more aligned, and more visually appealing.

Higher sexual confidence – After labiaplasty, the vaginal lips become streamlined and it gets a new look. If multiple vaginal childbirths have affected your vaginal lips, this is the best cosmetic gynecology surgical treatment. The surgery not only enhances the vaginal look but also boosts a woman’s sexual confidence.

Improved hygiene – Uneven size and texture of the labia may create hygiene issues. If the vaginal lips are uneven in size, there are chances that bacteria might get trapped in the folds of the extra tissues which may later cause infection. Having the labia surgically reduced not only improves hygiene in the women but also prevents any potential risks of infections in the vagina.

Better comfort – If the vaginal walls are oversized, it becomes difficult for the woman to wear tight-fitting clothes and undergarments. There can be problems like rashes and itching. Through labiaplasty surgery, a woman can get these issues addressed and get comfortable vaginal lips.

No problems wearing undergarments or sportswear – After labiaplasty, most women report heightened comfortability in wearing undergarments and lingeries of all sorts. They also report reduced uncountability in wearing sportswear and feel an increased level of confidence with their own body.

How to book an appointment with the best Pristyn Care treatment center in Mumbai for labiaplasty?

Booking an appointment slot with a Pristyn Care doctor at any clinic for vaginal labia repair surgery is simple and hassl-free. If you want to get an expert consultation from a Pristyn Care gynecologist, you can book an appointment through any of the following methods:

Fill in the required details in the form on the right side and then submit it. Upon submitting the form, a medical coordinator from Pristyn Care will get in touch with you at the earliest.

You can also give us a call on the number provided and talk to our medical coordinators directly. The medical coordinator will confirm your preferences and then set up an appointment at your convenience.

You can also virtually connect with our gynecologists online and discuss your condition before you go for the surgery. Download the patient care app of Pristyn Care and book an appointment with a doctor of your choice. On the day of the appointment, go to the doctor’s clinic and discuss the problem openly.

How to prepare for Labiaplasty

A few things to follow before labiaplasty surgery are:

  • Choose the right doctor. While cosmetic vaginal surgeries can be done by both- gynecologists and plastic surgeons, it is best if you do a thorough read on your health, discomfort, needs, and expectations. Based on the same, choose a doctor that best suits your needs. Typically, an Ob-gynecologist trained in cosmetic gynecology is the safest choice
  • Discuss your current health, medication, vitamin, and supplements thoroughly with your doctor. In case you are on blood thinners, your doctor would ask you to stop taking them a few days before surgery. They are known to increase the risk of excessive bleeding.
  • Doctors advise abstaining from sex for a month before the procedure.
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything post-midnight before the surgery. It helps avoid any complications related to anesthesia.
  • Take enough rest before the surgery so that the body is fully prepared for the procedure. Get at least 9 hours of sleep.
  • Do not shave the surgical site yourself. A simple cut could risk unwanted infection and septic.

What are the possible risks/ side effects of Labiaplasty?

Risks or side effects are extremely rare with advancements in medical sciences. In fact, LASER labiaplasty reduces the risk of complications to less than 5%.

However, as with any surgery, your body takes some time to heal itself. Some of the possible side effects during this time include-

  • Mild bleeding
  • Infection
  • Hematoma
  • Temporary numbness
  • Chronic dryness
  • Decreased sensitivity around the vulva
  • Mild discomfort during sexual intercourse in the initial days of the recovery

All these side effects and risks are easily manageable with the post-operative instructions prescribed by the doctor. However, if the itching, swelling or bleeding persists even after a week, please consult your gynecologist immediately. It could be a sign of a yeast or bacterial infection. It could also be an allergic reaction to a medication. In such a case, you would need added medications.

How to recover after Labiaplasty?

  • Doctors advise the following tips to quickly recover after labiaplasty:
  • Take complete bed rest for the first 24 hours.
  • If the site itches, swells, or pains, use ice packs to relieve the discomfort.
  • As you recover, do not wipe, only gently pat dry. Keep the surgical site free of moisture and dirt.
  • Start gentle walking after one day of operation. It would help with blood circulation.
  • For the first 24 hours, the patient is advised to complete bed rest.
  • Wear only loose-fitting cotton fabric clothes to ensure that the vaginal area is breathable, ensuring no germs are collected.
  • Do not use perfumed lotions, deodorants, soaps, or vaginal washes before six weeks from the surgery. Use only clear water and make sure you keep the vagina clean and moisture-free.
  • Do not use tampons or menstrual cups until your vagina completely heals from the surgery (typically 5-6 weeks). Instead, use soft sanitary pads during menstruation. Drink a lot of water. Keep yourself hydrated. It would help you heal.
  • Eat meals with high fiber content. It will help make your bowel movements easier.
  • Do not swim/ lift heavy weights/ physically exert yourself before complete clearance from your gynecologist.
  • Resume sexual activities only after getting confirmation from the doctor that it is entirely safe.
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