Dr. Sorensen, plastic surgeon in Boise, reconstructs women’s labia that have stretched from pregnancy, childbirth and weight loss, or who have enlarged and asymmetrical vaginal lips. Through labiaplasty, also known as labia rejuvenation, Dr. Sorensen corrects symptoms caused by enlarged labia, such as bulging, chronic irritation, discomfort and UTIs, and creates a natural vaginal appearance. Labiaplasty is one of the fastest-growing cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. today and has grown increasingly popular due to advances in the effectiveness of the surgery.
"Dr. Sorensen’s work is AMAZING! I trusted his extensive expertise, and I could not be more pleased!"- J. / Google / Jan 01, 2018
"Dr. Sorensen and his staff were absolutely wonderful to work with, from the initial consult all the way through my final post-op appointment. I'm very pleased with my surgical results and am thankful I chose Dr. Sorensen as my surgeon!"- W.B. / Google / Nov 01, 2018
"Wonderful from Start to Finish! - Dr. Sorensen and his staff were absolutely wonderful to work with, from the initial consult all the way through my final post-op appointment. I'm very pleased with my surgical results and am thankful I chose Dr. Sorensen as my surgeon!"- W. / RealSelf / Oct 31, 2018
"Back and Better Than Ever! - What an amazing experience! I had previous implants (9 years old) and had a capsular contraction on one of them. I went in with the intention of getting replacement implants and a lift. Dr. Sorensen was very honest in saying I would not need a lift once he replaced my implants. I am so happy with the results. They look better than they did originally! Dr. Sorensen and his staff were so..."- G. / RealSelf / Aug 21, 2018
"The whole team was great to me! It was by far the best experience I have had."- A.R. / Google / Jul 26, 2018
Before aesthetic surgeons improved the labiaplasty procedure, the approach was to amputate the excess skin and fold deformity. This approach led to numerous complications including scarring and sensory nerve damage. It is important to find a skilled labiaplasty surgeon who understands that this cosmetic surgery requires some reconstructive processes. Qualified surgeons will be able to incorporate the latest reshaping techniques so that it not only reduces the size, but also preserves most of the natural contour, color and sensitivity of the labia with minimal scarring.
How Labiaplasty is Performed
Labiaplasty can be performed a couple of different ways. One technique uses surgical tools to reshape the inner folds of the labia so they no longer protrude. Essentially, it creates a contoured “V” shape wedge that is removed in order to reduce the size. The remaining edges are sewn with absorbable sutures for a natural appearance. Another technique is one that uses a laser to trim and reshape the labia. This is known medically as “laser labial rejuvenation”. While this approach is effective, it is generally more suitable for smaller skin defects of the labia.
Labiaplasty is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. In surgical cases where a smaller defect exists, a local anesthesia may be used. The entire surgery typically takes 1-2 hours to complete. Following this surgery, women should rest and avoid any activities that will result in additional swelling and discomfort. Vigorous exercise, vaginal intercourse, the use of tampons and douching should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. The incisions made during surgery are minimal. In most cases, the scarring will be almost undetectable.
Labia rejuvenation is a surgery that is now offered by many cosmetic surgeons. Because of this, it is actually one of the more affordable cosmetic procedures. Whether you decide to have this surgery because of aesthetics or for health and comfort, the price will generally average $4,995-$6,030. In some cases, if the condition is causing a medical issue, insurance may cover a portion of the cost.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost Per Treatment
- $4,995 - $6,030
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
OBGYN or Plastic Surgeon?
Many OBGYNs are capable of performing labiaplasty. However, this procedure is considered a cosmetic surgery. There is more to the technique than just removing the deformity. Aesthetic issues, such as scarring, symmetry, pigmentation and shape, play an important role. For these reasons, a cosmetic surgeon is sometimes the better choice to correct this condition.
Impact on Intercourse?
This procedure does not impact sexual intercourse in a negative way. If anything, labiaplasty helps to restore any lost sensation because it removes excess skin and tissue blocking the vaginal opening and clitoris. A knowledgeable surgeon will avoid placing incisions near the clitoral region and will carefully work to protect and preserve the sensory nerves.
Pregnancy After Surgery?
It is recommended that women wait to have labiaplasty until after childbearing is complete. If the labia deformity cannot wait until after a pregnancy, the patient will need to understand that the surgical results may be compromised by a later pregnancy. It is important to discuss any pregnancy plans with your cosmetic surgeon so that a pre- and post-pregnancy surgical plan can be put into place.