Labiaplasty – Understanding the Procedure

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An Introduction to Labiaplasty

Many women are uncomfortable with the physiology of their labia. It may be that their labia, or vaginal lips, are too long. Others struggle with pain during intercourse or exercise, while some women simply don’t like how the way their labia look. Whatever the reason, an increasing number of women are turning to cosmetic surgery to address any irregularities below the belt. Let’s take a closer look at the labiaplasty procedure.

Candidates for Labiaplasty

Those eligible for this procedure are healthy, fully developed women with elongated labia majora or labia minora. The labia majora is the flap of skin on the outside of the pelvic area, while the labia minora is the skin that covers the vagina and clitoris.

Lengthened vaginal lips are often associated with decreased self-esteem, pain during intercourse and labial pain while wearing tight clothing. Enlargement of the labia can be caused by childbirth, intercourse, or simply unfortunate genetics.

How Is Dr. Mani’s Labiaplasty Procedure Performed?

At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic, the labiaplasty procedure is performed by Dr. Parvin Mani. Dr. Mani is a board certified gynecologist as well as a surgeon. Every labiaplasty procedure is preceded by a consultation appointment to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Dr. Mani uses state of the art laser technology to carry out the operation. By using a laser in place of a scalpel, the surgeon is afforded unparalleled precision and the patient enjoys minimal scarring, minimal pain, and a decreased chance of infection. In fact, the patient is placed under local anesthesia to ensure zero pain during the procedure. Once the surgery is complete, any sutures needed are sewn with dissolvable stitches. The average length of this procedure is 90-120 minutes.

What Can I Expect From The Recovery Process?

After the surgery is completed, you’ll be able to go home immediately as labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure. Your genitals will be swollen and extremely tender at first. Oral pain medication is usually taken to ease post-operation discomfort. Pads should be used during menstruation cycles in lieu of tampons as the latter can exacerbate pain.

You’ll be instructed to come in for two follow-ups to ensure everything is healing as it should. The good news is that you’ll be able to resume everyday activities, such as walking, within 24 hours of the procedure. Total recovery time is one week, during which you’ll need to abstain from intercourse and vigorous exercise.


It’s important to realize that there are risks involved with any medical procedure. In general, the more competent the surgeon and non-invasive the procedure needed, the smaller the risk. Complications that may result from the procedure, that you should be aware of, include:

  • Excess scar tissue
  • Hematoma
  • Infection
  • Temporary/partial numbness
  • Pain in vaginal area

What Are The Costs Involved?

Labiaplasties are one of the most affordable plastic surgeries available. For this procedure, you’ll have to pay a facility fee, a fee for the surgeon’s time, and a fee for the anesthesia. Expect to spend anywhere from $1,750-$5,000. Some insurance providers will pay for this procedure if it can be demonstrated that your enlarged labia cause you pain.

The labiaplasty procedure has changed the lives of thousands of women worldwide. If you have abnormally large labia or other vaginal issues and are interested in this procedure, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for a consultation. Dr. Parvin Mani can address any concerns you have, so that you’re one step closer to a healthier and more beautiful vagina.