Although it’s not often openly discussed, many women have concerns about the appearance of their labia, which can make them feel less confident. At his esteemed practice, plastic surgeon Dr. Kirk Moore makes every effort to help women feel more comfortable and attractive with vaginal rejuvenation surgery to correct the size and shape of the labia. The labia (the external lips of the vaginal area) may look stretched or have loose skin due to genetics, natural aging, pregnancy, childbirth, or a physical trauma. A labiaplasty is a surgery that reduces the size of the labia minora and/or majora for a firmer, taut appearance. Some of the effects of the procedure are minimized discomfort and irritation, as well as increased confidence and sexual pleasure. Schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah in Midvale, UT to learn more about the benefits of a labiaplasty and find out if you are a candidate for vaginal rejuvenation surgery.


A labiaplasty performed at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah may be helpful for Midvale, UT women who are self-conscious about the size and shape of their labia. This abnormal look and shape could be due to genetics, childbirth, or trauma. Misshapen vaginal lips may cause pain, discomfort, itching, or irritation during physical activities, like exercise and sex. A labiaplasty may also help if you avoid wearing certain clothing (like leggings, yoga pants, or bathing suits) because of the size of your labia. While a labiaplasty should not affect pregnancy, Dr. Moore recommends that you are done having children by the time of your procedure to avoid altering your results.


Most labiaplasty procedures are performed in our office under local anesthesia so you will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment. If the procedure is more extensive, however, you may require a stronger method of sedation, after which a responsible adult will need to take you home. Dr. Moore will discuss the various possibilities during your consultation so you can make any needed arrangements before your procedure. A labiaplasty is most often performed with a trimming technique that removes excess tissue, then the remaining skin is sutured together. Another technique is the wedge procedure that removes a pie-shaped piece of tissue and extra folds from the clitoral hood before suturing the remaining tissue closed.


You will need about a week to recover after your labiaplasty to allow swelling and discomfort to abate before returning to work. Dr. Moore recommends applying ice packs or cold compresses as needed to reduce swelling. You will not be allowed to use tampons or engage in sexual activity for 4 – 6 weeks after your surgery. Patients usually see visible improvements in about six weeks with final results around six months after surgery. The visual and physical effects of a labiaplasty are long-lasting, but childbirth, natural aging, and weight fluctuations can alter your results.


How much does a labiaplasty cost?
The total cost of your labiaplasty will be dependent on many factors. During your consultation with Dr. Moore, he will listen to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan. Once you’ve decided among your options for your vaginal rejuvenation surgery, Dr. Moore can estimate your costs. Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah accepts many payment methods, and we can help you find low-interest options as well.

Should I choose a plastic surgeon or OB/GYN?
When researching vaginal rejuvenation surgery, you may find that a large majority of obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs) offer labiaplasty. While many OB/GYNs are capable of performing labia rejuvenation, the procedure is most often considered cosmetic. An OB/GYN will be able to surgically remove excess skin from your labia; however, a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Moore, will consider the aesthetics as well. This is to ensure that any scarring is minimal and that the final contour, color, and symmetry all look and feel natural.

Will vaginal rejuvenation surgery cause insensitivity?
As with any surgery, there may be some numbness in your vaginal area after the procedure is completed. This is only temporary and will dissipate as the skin and vaginal lips heal. In regard to sexual sensitivity, it is important to understand that labia rejuvenation addresses the vaginal lips and not the clitoris. A skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Moore, who has many years of experience performing vaginal rejuvenation surgery, will work around the clitoris so that a loss of sensitivity does not occur.

What is the recovery process like after a labiaplasty?
Before your surgery, Dr. Moore or a member of his team will go over what to expect after your labiaplasty and discuss tips to make your time spent recovering more comfortable. You will have some bruising and swelling in your vaginal area, along with some discomfort, immediately after your surgery. You should plan to rest for at least 5 – 7 days before returning to light activities. Dr. Moore will assess your healing during your follow-up appointments and let you know when you are able to resume sexual activity.

Are there nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments?
There are nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments that can help to improve mild to moderate looseness in your vaginal area. However, vaginal rejuvenation is best for significant improvements to tighten and reshape your labia. During your consultation with Dr. Moore, he can discuss your options and make recommendations based on your needs and goals.


Not every vagina looks exactly alike, and a lot of factors can affect the appearance of your outer labia. If you don’t feel comfortable or confident because of the size and shape of your vaginal lips, learn more about a life-changing labiaplasty. Talk to plastic surgeon Dr. Kirk Moore about your concerns and needs so he can create your personal labiaplasty treatment plan. Schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah in Midvale, UT if you think that your quality of life could be improved from vaginal rejuvenation.


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