Why Would Somebody Get A Labiaplasty?

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


Even for those of us that are fairly familiar with some of the more popular cosmetic procedures women are undergoing these days – mommy makeover, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck just to name a few – there is one surgery that you may not have heard of despite its ever-increasing popularity. Labiaplasty is quickly becoming one of the most sought-out procedures by women of all ages for a variety of different reasons. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and the expert team at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA have helped countless women improve their lives through labiaplasty surgery.

If you have heard of labiaplasty, you may be aware of some of the valuable benefits it can offer women, but chances are there are additional advantages of the surgery that you may not yet know about. Read on to learn more about labiaplasty, the wide variety of complaints it can help address, and whether or not it may be right for you.

What is a labiaplasty?

To begin determining whether or not labiaplasty is right for you, it is important to first understand the basics of the procedure. Labiaplasty is a highly effective invasive surgical technique that is used to remove excess skin from the labia minora, also known as the inner lips of the vagina.

How is labiaplasty beneficial?

There are many different applications when it comes to the labiaplasty procedure, and oftentimes when it is used to address one particular complaint, women enjoy additional unexpected benefits as well. Some of the most common issues that prompt women to seek out labiaplasty from a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, CA include:

Physical discomfort: When the labia minora are exceedingly large, uneven, or hang down further than average, women can experience significant discomfort during everyday activities. This discomfort can interfere with something as simple as sitting comfortably in a chair as well as things like physical activity, exercise, and even sex. Labiaplasty can offer women experiencing discomfort due to large labia minora dramatic and permanent relief from these symptoms.

Aesthetic concerns: A large, loose, or asymmetric appearance of the labia minora can cause women to feel self-conscious both in and out of clothing, leading to embarrassment in many situations. Surgical correction of the labia minora through labiaplasty offers women the opportunity to once again wear swimsuits, leggings, and yoga pants without hesitation or discomfort in addition to restoring their confidence in the bedroom.

Dr. Kelishadi and the staff at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, fully understand the sensitive nature of these issues and are committed to providing the highest level of patient care, service, professionalism, and discretion when it comes to the personal decision to undergo labiaplasty. During an initial consultation, Dr. Kelishadi will assess your case thoroughly, listen to your specific goals and concerns, answer all of your questions fully, and explain your surgical options in great detail and if labiaplasty is the best treatment. After this discussion, Dr. Kelishadi will recommend a complete plan of action to best meet your needs.

Am I a good candidate for labiaplasty?

Because the procedure can correct a variety of intimate conditions and complaints, labiaplasty is a fitting option for many patients. Women who have had one or more children via vaginal birth are often left with stretched out labia minora and can benefit greatly from the procedure. In other cases, women naturally develop elongated vaginal lips as part of their anatomy and suffer from physical discomfort and emotional distress for many years. For these women, labiaplasty can be a life-changing procedure. While it depends on your specific case, your doctor, and a number of other factors, labiaplasty is generally not recommended for adolescent girls under a certain age, as their anatomy can continue to grow and change, possibly obviating the need for labiaplasty.

The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for labiaplasty is to be evaluated by an experienced, qualified, and talented provider. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kelishadi of SSK Plastic Surgery is one of the leading labiaplasty surgeons in Newport Beach, CA, and uses a combination of surgical skill and medical expertise to produce successful results for his female patients time and time again.

What can I expect from the labiaplasty procedure and the recovery?

Labiaplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia, typically with a lighter sedation than other procedures, depending on your specific case. Many women choose to combine the labiaplasty with other procedures, including vaginal rejuvenation, a tummy tuck, or even a full mommy makeover. The labiaplasty itself is relatively straightforward and typically takes about an hour or less.

For most patients, labiaplasty recovery is fairly quick and easy. Women can expect some discomfort, swelling, and occasionally a small amount of bleeding in the first several days following the procedure. These symptoms can be relieved with the use of pain medication and over-the-counter options. Many patients choose to take about a week off of work to allow themselves ample time to rest and recover, and most are back to their full range of physical activity after about a month. It is important to follow your doctor’s postoperative instructions carefully in order to give yourself the best possible chance for an ideal outcome and easy recovery.

How do I get started?

If you think labiaplasty may be right for you, the first step is to be evaluated by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Call our convenient Newport Beach, CA office of SSK Plastic Surgery schedule your consultation with Dr. Sean Kelishadi today, and learn more about how labiaplasty can boost your confidence, relieve your discomfort, and enhance your life!

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