October 21, 2021

How Common is Labiaplasty? Frequently Asked Questions

Mitchell Broom
# min read

Plastic surgery was once viewed along with a bit of a negative stigma, and not many people wished to talk about their experiences in fear of judgement. Fortunately, the public discourse on plastic surgery has changed dramatically in recent years, and many people are more than happy to share their stories. While this is the case for most plastic surgery procedures, there are still some that still hold on to some stigma and misconception - one of which being Labiaplasty.For women and people with vulvas who are considering surgery in sensitive areas, such as the labia, this can be a tough conversation to have, and may not know how to start it. That is why in this article, we are going to discuss the most frequently asked questions on Labiaplasty, including:

  • What is Labiaplasty?
  • How much does Labiaplasty cost?
  • How common is Labiaplasty?
  • Will Labiaplasty reduce sensitivity?
  • Labiaplasty and childbirth

At 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic, we wish to empower all women and people vulvas to make confident, comfortable and informed decisions about Labiaplasty.What is Labiaplasty?Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that alters the labia minora (inner labia), with the surgical goal to decrease the size of the labia minora so that it remains comfortably within the labia majora (outer labia).There are a variety of reasons why some women and people with vulvas may have a longer labia, including genetics, childbirth, and aging. Among those who do have a longer labia, some may not find any distress with this at all, while others can find mild to severe discomfort either physically or emotionally - which is when Labiaplasty surgery may be an ideal option. For those experiencing issues with vaginal dryness, urinary leakage (from sneezing, coughing, laughing, or exercising), vaginal itching and discomfort, weakened pelvic floor, or pain during intercourse (caused by something other than the labia), Diva Vaginal Laser Therapy may be the ideal treatment for you.How much does Labiaplasty cost?According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a labiaplasty is $3,053 USD (note that this does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses). When it comes to price, we have a bit of a saying at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic; “the surgery may have a cost, but our patients are priceless.” This is because when it comes to surgery, the most important thing to us is that our patients experience the very best results, as well as absolute peace of mind in who is performing the surgery.When it comes to Dr. Buonassisi, our total cost for Labiaplasty Surgery is $7,500 (all inclusive*). When you are paying for surgery, you aren’t just paying for someone to perform the procedure – you’re paying for their education, experience and expertise. With this price, you are paying for well-over a decade of education, more than 20 years of experience, and for someone who is an expert in their field.

*The $7,500 surgery cost is for the surgery only and does not include the consultation fee.

How common is Labiaplasty? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2020 there were a total of 9,725 Labiaplasty surgeries performed. When it comes to the labia itself, it is important to acknowledge that all are different, and everyone has a different relationship to their vulva and labia. Some find complete emotional and physical satisfaction with them, while others do not.Some studies also suggest that 15% of women experience vulvar pain, which can include pain or discomfort while exercising, wearing tight-fitting clothing (swimwear, yoga pants), or during sexual intercourse.Labiaplasty aims to assist people who experience discomfort or pain, by trimming the labia minora to reduce the friction and irritation caused. Labiaplasty also may seek to alter the aesthetic appearance of a labia, to achieve a desired result determined by the patient, quite commonly to achieve symmetry of the labia.Will Labiaplasty reduce sensitivity?Labiaplasty in general does not interfere with normal vaginal sensations, the ability to have intercourse, or the ability to have orgasms. In instances where people experience discomfort during sexual intercourse, Labiaplasty aims to increase sexual stimulation and sensitivity.Labiaplasty and childbirthLabiaplasty will not result in any negative effects in conceiving, carrying or giving birth to children, but future pregnancies may cause the vaginal lips to become stretched out or enlarged again. So those looking into Labiaplasty surgery should strongly consider if they plan on having any future children.If you wish to undergo Labiaplasty surgery after childbirth, most surgeons will recommend waiting six months to a year after having children to schedule your Labiaplasty. 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic typically asks people wait 6 months before Labiaplasty surgery.More questions? Ask one of our knowledgeable Patient Care ManagersSurgery is an important decision to make, and as much research you can do on the internet, there is nothing out there that can replace the expertise of a trained professional. Our highly experienced and knowledgable Patient Care Managers are available to answer any of your surgical questions, provide quotes, and to help determine your candidacy. A pre-consultation with our Patient Care Managers are completely complimentary, and they can assist you in booking a surgical consultation with Dr. Thomas Buonassisi if you are deemed to be a candidate for surgery.You can contact them by calling us on (604) 733-1669 or complete this form for a call back.

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