Labia Reduction (Labiaplasty)
An enlarged labia is a common condition in which the labia minora (inner labia) protrudes beneath the labia majora (outer labia). In many cases, women are born with an enlarged labia while others may develop this condition with childbirth or age. This condition can present discomfort in the form of pain or chafing during physical activity, intimacy, and when wearing tight or restrictive clothing. Few women realize that they can improve their condition with a surgical procedure known as a Labia Reduction or Labiaplasty. The labia reduction procedure involves trimming the excessive skin of the labia minora (inner labia) that protrudes beneath the labia majora (outer labia). Some women choose to pursue this surgery strictly for aesthetic reasons, while others seek this procedure as a solution for the discomfort caused by this condition.
Educate Yourself on Your Procedure
If you are a patient considering a labia reduction procedure, please continue reading for further information on this procedure and what you can expect. If you have any questions about labia reduction, or any of our other procedures, please contact us.
What are the Benefits of a Labia Reduction Procedure?
Labia Reduction patients often pursue surgery in order to correct a number of issues including:
- Discomfort/pain during intercourse
- Inability to wear tight fitting clothing/lingerie/bathing suits
- Increased sensitivity in the area
- Appearance related concerns
- Discomfort during physical activities
- Lack of self esteem due to the above mentioned concerns
Like the thousands of women who undergo this procedure every year, you too can find relief from discomfort, and gain the confidence you deserve.
Preparing for Your Labia Reduction Procedure
What is the first step in my labia reduction procedure?
The first step when considering labia reduction surgery is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Barr. The consultation process provides an opportunity for you to obtain important information about the procedure and to have all of your questions answered prior to proceeding with surgery. It also enables Dr. Barr to properly assess you and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for labia reduction surgery.
At Barr Plastic Surgery we understand that discussing a labia reduction can be a sensitive and possibly uncomfortable topic. Dr. Barr and his staff will ensure that you are comfortable and treat you with respect and compassion. You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries, and all current medications.
During your consultation Dr. Barr will conduct an examination and will assess your general health. Different surgical approaches and options will be discussed and he will explain which surgical approach would be best suited to you based on your individual characteristics and aesthetic goals.
The benefits, risks and potential complications associated with labia reduction surgery will be thoroughly explained during this consultation. The information provided at this initial consultation will be comprehensive and thorough, and should enable you to make an informed decision as to whether or not labia reduction surgery is the right choice for you. A comprehensive instruction package, which includes instructions for before and after surgery, will be provided to you at the time of consultation.
Am I a candidate for the labia reduction procedure?
The ideal candidates for a labia reduction procedure are healthy women who have realistic expectations of surgical outcomes. You may be a good candidate for labia reduction surgery if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Labia minora (inner labia) that protrude from beneath the labia major (outer labia)
- Uneven inner labia
- Pain or discomfort resulting from the size of the inner labia
- Self consciousness about the shape and size of the inner labia
What will I need to do prior to my labia reduction?
Prior to surgery you will be scheduled for a pre-op session with a Registered Nurse to review your medical history and your post-op instructions. She will review all of the information you will need to know in order to prepare yourself for surgery.
Where will my labia reduction procedure be performed?
Your procedure will be performed within the state-of-the-art facilities of Barr Plastic Surgery, located within the Northern Ontario Surgical Centre.
Northern Ontario Surgical Centre has been awarded accreditation by the CAAASF (Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) for meeting the standards of a hospital in regards to monitoring, emergency and resuscitation equipment. With two levels and entrances that conceal the actual size of the facility, the centre itself spans 8000 square feet and incorporates fully equipped major and minor operating rooms, a monitored multi-bed recovery area, 10 laser and treatment rooms, spacious consultation areas, private offices to discuss financing options, elegant waiting areas and a private waiting room and secure rear entrance/exit for additional privacy when desired.
How is the labia reduction procedure performed?
The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthesia. This involves the administration of local anaesthetic to the surgical area with intravenous sedation. During the procedure, a small amount of the inner labia tissue is surgically removed in order to correct the patient’s area of concern. Depending on the patient’s needs, one or both labia may be corrected.
Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?
During office hours our Patient Coordinators and nursing staff are available to answer any questions or concerns following your surgery. After hours, Dr. Barr is available by pager.
How much does a labia reduction procedure cost?
Patients choosing to invest in their self-confidence and happiness through cosmetic surgery have many options available to make this investment more manageable. Our Patient Coordinators are familiar with various payment options and can facilitate the process for you.
Is full payment required or do you offer a financing plan?
Affording your procedure can be made simpler by using Medicard which enables you to pay for your surgery with monthly payments. Please note that this company is not affiliated in any way with Barr Plastic Surgery. For more information on how financing can help you afford your procedure, visit:
- Fax, online, phone application
- Approval within 1 business day
- Payment terms: 6 months to 5 years
- No down payment
- Rates based on overall credit history (11.9% – 25%)
- No penalties for early payments
Is my procedure covered by insurance?
Buttock lift procedures are considered cosmetic surgery and therefore not usually covered by private or provincial insurance such as OHIP.
What is included in the surgical fee?
The facility fee, surgeon, nurses, anaesthesia and anaesthetist, surgical supplies, and equipment used are all covered in the fees.
You will also be provided with prescriptions for medications to be taken after surgery. These prescriptions are subject to the same coverage you would receive from your medical insurance. If you do not have personal insurance then these are extra costs to you.
Is a deposit required? When is it due?
There is a $500 deposit for any surgery under $5,000 and a $1000 deposit for any surgery over $5000.
This deposit is payable upon scheduling a surgery date. This fee is non-refundable should you change, reschedule or cancel your surgery within 4 weeks of the surgery date.
When is payment for the surgery due?
Payment for your surgery is due 14 days prior to your surgery date. Payment can be made by:
- Certified Cheques
- Mastercard or VISA
- Financing plan
Will I need to stay overnight following my labia reduction surgery?
Labia Reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay at Barr Plastic Surgery. Following your surgery you will need a friend or family member to pick you up and care for you for 24-48 hours. This person should be familiar with your prescriptions and post-surgery instructions.
How long will it take me to recover from my labia reduction procedure?
There is minimal post operative pain associated with this procedure, so few patients require much in the form of pain relief. Sutures used in the labia reduction procedure are dissolving and do not need to be removed. You may experience slight bruising and swelling for a few days following your procedure. You will be required to wash the area with antibacterial soap and water regularly, and may want to wear a sanitary napkin for a week following the procedure. Follow up is required 7 days after surgery and patients are advised to refrain from sexual intercourse for 4 weeks following the procedure.
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