All About Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty surgery is about providing options to women and people with labia. They may be experiencing physical discomfort due to their labia, or may be dissatisfied with the appearance of their labia. Labiaplasty is about your personal experience, feelings and journey with your labia.


Those who decide to undergo Labiaplasty surgery typically are looking for the following results and benefits:


  • Less physical pain or discomfort when exercising
  • Greater comfort wearing tight-fitting clothing or swimwear
  • Improved vaginal hygiene and health
  • Improved sexual pleasure

Meet Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, Vancouver Labiaplasty Surgeon

As one of Canada’s top cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi leads the team at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic and carries extensive experience, having performed cosmetic surgery for over 20 years. Dr. Buonassisi has travelled the world to train with renowned experts in the field, working closely with top surgeons in the United States and Australia.

His expertise in Labiaplasty surgery is built from his Masters training with The Labiaplasty and Vaginoplasty Training Institute of America, Inc. (LaVaTI), compounded by his extended experience performing Labiaplasty procedures for patients on a regular basis.

Being an expert in his field, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures and has honed his surgical skills into an artform.

How is Labiaplasty Performed? 

For some, the inner labia are longer than the outer labia, and Labiaplasty surgery involves trimming the excess labia minora tissue that protrudes outside of the labia majora. Dr. Buonassisi will carefully measure the labia before marking them, to then (while you are under anesthesia) carefully trim excess tissue away, and closing the incisions with sutures. The full details of how this surgery is performed will be best discussed with you during your complimentary pre-consultation.

Labiaplasty Recovery 

When it comes to healing, post-operative Labiaplasty pain is minimal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or a prescription. You will experience significant swelling and some bruising after your surgery. Most of the swelling will go down after 2 weeks but it typically takes about 6 weeks for all of the swelling to subside.

Those who are diligent about following Dr. Buonassisi’s post-operative care instructions may be able to resume some non-strenuous activities 3 to 4 days after surgery, and you’ll be back to your regular exercise and activity after about 4 weeks.

Once fully recovered, Labiaplasty will not interfere with normal vaginal sensations, the ability to have intercourse, or the ability to have orgasms.


Am I a Candidate for Labiaplasty? 

There are many reasons why one may consider Labiaplasty, as each person and their labia is unique. For some, it’s due to the physical discomfort that may come with an enlarged labia or excess tissue that hangs outside of the labia majora. While for others, it may be for aesthetic-related reasons. People who choose Labiaplasty surgery may take issue with some or all of these areas:

  • Physical vaginal discomfort when exercising
  • Difficulty with maintaining vaginal hygiene leading to frequent urinary tract infections
  • Discomfort from pinching or pulling sensations during sexual activities
  • Feeling uncomfortable in swimsuits or in tight fitting clothing, like yoga pants
  • Dissatisfaction with the physical appearance of excess labia skin
  • Feeling that their labia doesn’t look the way they’d like or feel

Labiaplasty appeals to people of any age, and if you can relate to these feelings of discomfort or self-consciousness, this surgery may be the right procedure for you.

What’s Covered in Your Pre-Consultation

Step 1: Request Your Complimentary Pre-Consultation Session with the 8 West Clinic Team

A pre-consultation session is a complimentary service that we recommend to anyone considering Labiaplasty surgery. In your pre-consultation with a Patient Care Manager, they discuss the surgery cost, timeline, process as well as any other options that Dr. Buonassisi may have suggested achieving your desired results.


Step 2: Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Buonassisi

Meet Dr. Buonassisi in person for expectations setting. The surgical consultation is by far the most important part of the cosmetic surgery process because this is the communication tool that helps explain what can be achieved in surgery.


Step 3: Schedule Your Surgery and Receive Ongoing Care in Follow Up Visits

Our team of medical professionals and patient care managers are here to make your experience a smooth, informative and positive one. We manage all the details of your surgery and schedule a series of follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing well and are happy with your results! We are here to help answer all your questions about recovery.


Learn More with a Pre-Consultation

The decision to proceed with Labiaplasty surgery should be made with the utmost level of care and attention. While it can be exciting to think about how you may look after Labiaplasty surgery, it is important to be informed about both the risks and benefits of surgery.

A pre-consultation discussion is a complimentary service with our award-winning, knowledgeable and friendly patient care team, which we recommend to anyone considering any surgery. This service includes a review of your photos to help determine if Labiaplasty is right for you, plus a discussion of costs and possible surgery dates on top of any other questions you may have before you decide if you are ready to meet Dr. Thomas Buonassisi in person.