Am I a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty Surgery?

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


Childbirth, natural aging, and gravity can all cause significant changes to your body, and many women struggle to address the appearance of their labial tissue. Over time, one or both of the labia lips can become asymmetric, loose, or enlarged. As a result, women may feel self-conscious or embarrassed.

Labia size and shape are unique to each person, and there is a wide range of what is considered normal. However, when the labia is especially elongated, this isn’t just an aesthetic issue. The tissue can cause pain or discomfort, getting in the way of your everyday routines. For example, elongated labial tissue can cause discomfort when exercising or riding a bicycle.

Medical professionals across the country are encouraging women to speak up and ask about a cosmetic surgery called labiaplasty. Labiaplasty is one of the best methods for enhancing the health and appearance of the labia. At SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi performs successful labiaplasty surgeries with exceptional results. Find out more about this surgery below, or schedule a private consultation at our clinic today.

About the procedure

Labiaplasty reconstructs the labial tissue to make it smaller and more symmetrical. To begin, Dr. Kelishadi marks and removes excess tissue from the labia minora while reshaping the remaining portions to create a more balanced appearance. He is skilled in placing sutures in natural creases so they are nearly invisible. Labiaplasty is generally performed in less than an hour at our Newport Beach facility under local anesthesia. Most labiaplasty procedures are outpatient, and we suggest you have a trusted friend or family member stay with you overnight since the anesthetic can affect you for up to 24 hours.

After the labiaplasty surgery, our caring staff offers advice and guidelines for post-surgical care as well as recovery tips. Keep in mind that every person is unique and requires different healing times. Dr. Kelishadi schedules follow-up appointments as needed to make sure the area is healing properly. He and his caring staff will monitor your progress and overall health.

Excess labial tissue is a source of discomfort for many women. Labiaplasty is a delicate surgery, and when performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, can result in a better quality of life. With Dr. Kelishadi’s care and attention to detail, you can be assured that you are in good hands at SSK Plastic Surgery.

Why women request labiaplasty

During your initial consultation, Dr. Kelishadi will ask you a series of questions to determine if labiaplasty is the right option for your situation. He and his team will also assess the labial area to see how you could benefit from labiaplasty. During this appointment, it’s important to let us know how your labia structure is impacting your life. It’s also a great time to ask any questions you may have about the surgery. Our before-and-after photos will show you the benefits of our expertise and advanced techniques.

Patients exploring the possibility of labiaplasty may have a lot of questions about the procedure. “What should I expect?” and “Is this right for me?” often come up during the consultation process. The best candidates for labiaplasty are in good general health with loose or hanging labial tissue. Discomfort is often felt during sexual intercourse or athletic activities such as cycling or horseback riding. Other patients report pain when wearing shapewear, tight clothing, or a bathing suit. If an enlarged labia is affecting your participation in daily activities, you may be the ideal candidate.

The surgery also addresses aesthetic issues if you are simply displeased with the size and appearance of the labia tissue. Labial sagging or asymmetry may be a source of embarrassment or stress in your personal life. For instance, many patients avoid sexual intimacy after pregnancy because of a sagging or stretched-out labia. If this is interfering with sexual intercourse, a labiaplasty will allow you and your partner will notice an improvement after the procedure, when the tissue is smaller and better proportioned.

Visit Dr. Kelishadi

Labiaplasty can be a life-changing surgery if the appearance of your labia makes you uncomfortable or unhappy. Besides making the tissue look smaller and more contoured, labiaplasty can relieve pain and irritation when performing certain activities. If you are curious about whether you are a candidate for this procedure, there’s no time like the present to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Kelishadi.

At SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, our goal is to help you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. To achieve this, our team will guide you through the labiaplasty process to make sure your personal and cosmetic goals are met. With Dr. Sean Kelishadi’s expertise, we are able to provide our community with top-notch aesthetic care. Call SSK Plastic Surgery in Orange County to get started today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.