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The labia are the most visible portion of a woman’s sexual anatomy, so it’s only natural to feel sensitive about their appearance. Labiaplasty is the enhancement or reduction of the inner and/or outer labia (vaginal lips) to create more aesthetic contours that can help you feel more confident in your intimate relationships.

While cosmetic appearance is one of the primary reasons why women seek this procedure (some women may refer to the “camel toe” appearance), other concerns such as visibility or irritation from clothing, interference with sexual intercourse, discomfort with sexual activity, repeated infections, redundant tissues and hygiene issues, and/or diversion of the urinary stream are a few of the other complaints women report.

Dr. Otto Placik is a Chicago labiaplasty specialist and board-certified plastic surgeon serving Chicago and its suburbs who has helped thousands of women like you to feel better about the appearance of their labia. He has likely the greatest experience in the Midwest and has participated in and conducted numerous research studies, performed presentations, written book chapters and attended conferences on this subject. In addition to labioplasty, Dr. Placik offers a number of other vaginal rejuvenation procedures that can help improve the appearance of your vaginal area as well enhance sexual sensation.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on labiaplasty, including prices.

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon and active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


About Labiaplasty

More than just cosmetic concern, labia that are asymmetrical or too large can cause discomfort during daily activities like exercising or sexual intercourse. Emotionally, worries over looking “normal” can undermine your self-confidence, especially with regards to sexual relationships. Dr. Placik performs one of the best surgical labioplasty Chicago has to offer and can improve symmetry and create more discreet contours that are more in line with your cosmetic goals.

Dr. Placik considers the size and shape of the inner and outer labia in relation to each other and the surrounding area to determine the best surgical approach. For example, the outer labia (labia majora) may benefit from fat transfer to add fullness, creating a more proportionate look relative to the inner labia (labia minora). Alternatively, large or redundant labia majora which occur frequently in combination with a prominent mons pubis may create an undesirable fullness or visibility in clothing and may be treated with reduction and/or liposuction. Most commonly, the inner labia are reduced to improve any existing discomfort, or to remove the darkened edges that can become more prominent after pregnancy or with age. It’s very common to include additional genital rejuvenation procedures with a labiaplasty, such as vaginoplasty, clitoral hood reduction and G-spot enhancement.

Labiaplasty is generally performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia or local anesthesia with oral sedation. In some cases, usually if labiaplasty is performed as part of a more extensive procedure such as a mommy makeover, Dr. Placik may recommend general anesthesia. Most women who undergo a labiaplasty alone or in combination with other genital rejuvenation procedures can return home the same day.

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Immediately after surgery, you can expect to see some bruising and swelling, both of which should dissipate over the next few weeks. You should be able to resume your normal routine within a few days, and active exercise at 3 weeks, although Dr. Placik recommends waiting at least 6 weeks before engaging in sexual activity.

Labiaplasty FAQ

Am I a good candidate for labiaplasty?

If you feel self-conscious about the size, shape or appearance of your labia, or notice discomfort during sexual activity or while wearing slim-fitting clothing, you may be a good candidate for labiaplasty. Labiaplasty can help you feel more confident about your appearance by reshaping the contours of your labia for greater comfort and symmetry. The best candidates for labiaplasty are old enough to have fully mature labia, and should be in good mental and physical health overall. Similar to breast reduction surgery, labia reduction may be considered at any time if causing significant discomfort or interference with daily activities.

How much does labiaplasty cost?

The costs of your labiaplasty will vary depending on the approach Dr. Placik needs to take during surgery, whether there will be other procedures performed at the same time and a number of other factors. In some cases, insurance may cover all or a portion of the surgery. The total fees include not just Dr. Placik’s surgical fees, but also the cost for the surgical facility and anesthesiologist. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.

What’s the difference between the “trim” method and “wedge” method?

There are two approaches that can be taken during labiaplasty: the “trim” method or the “wedge” method. Dr. Placik is experienced in both techniques. The trim method is fairly straightforward, and involves a simple trimming away of excess tissue to shorten the labia minora. The wedge method removes a triangular segment of tissue from the middle third of the inner labia instead. There are pros and cons to each technique, so Dr. Placik will go into more detail on your options during your consultation to help you decide which is best for you.

What can I expect after my labiaplasty?

After surgery, you can expect your genital region to look swollen and feel sore for the first few days. Discomfort can often be alleviated using ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications, although Dr. Placik may prescribe a pain reliever as well. Although you should refrain from vigorous exercise or sexual activity for the first 6 weeks after surgery, you should be able to return to work and your normal routine in about a week.

Will I have scars?

Although it’s impossible to perform any surgery without incisions, labiaplasty scars are typically minimal. The initial incisions should heal completely by about the two-week mark, although the scars may appear red or pink for several months. The trim method of labia reduction will leave longer scars than the wedge method but can remove more of the darkened edge. In either case, scars from either surgical approach should fade to nearly invisible with time.

What if I’m not happy with my labiaplasty?

Dr. Placik performs labiaplasty revisions for “botched” labiaplasty procedures or situations where patients are not happy with the results they have achieved from other surgeons. These procedures are highly customized to the unique situation of the patient, and Dr. Placik will work closely with you so that you can feel confident about your result. Watch our video on labiaplasty revision for more information.

What are the risks?

Dr. Placik will cover the possible labiaplasty risks, side effects and potential complications during your initial consultation at our office in Chicago or Arlington Heights to ensure that you completely understand the procedure. Although serious side effects are rare, they are possible, and include concerns such as scarring, infection, changes in sensation and asymmetry.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about labiaplasty, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.