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Springfield, MA 01107
Pioneer Valley Plastic Surgery
Pioneer Valley
Plastic Surgery
Reconstructive & aesthetic plastic surgery

Photo courtesy of AllerganLabiaplasty

A labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that reduces the size of the labia minora and/or the labia majora. The labia minora are the inner skin folds. The labia majora are the outer folds of the skin.

The size, shape, and color of the labia vary significantly from female to female. The labia minora may vary in size from one side to the other, they may be hidden under the labia majora, or they may be visible. Childbirth and aging may change the size, shape, and color of the labia.

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Am I a good candidate for a labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty reduces the amount of skin of the labia. If you have a congenital defect or you have seen a change in the size or shape of your labia with aging or childbirth, you may be a good candidate for a labiaplasty. During your consultation, we will provide you with our expert opinion on whether you are a good candidate. We will discuss the surgical process along with any possible risks and complications of the surgery.

Will I be seen by the surgeon?

Yes. Dr. Johnson will meet with you and she will discuss all your surgical options. Dr. Johnson will provide you with the necessary information so that you feel confident and comfortable with your surgical decision.

Will I be charged for an initial consultation?

Yes. There is a $100 cosmetic consultation fee for your initial visit. If you choose to have surgery with Dr. Johnson, the $100 consultation fee will go towards your surgery cost.

Is the plastic surgeon board certified?

Yes. Dr. Johnson is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a proud member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additionally, she is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which recognizes surgeons who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery.

How is labiaplasty performed?

A labiaplasty can consist of removing redundant skin from the labia minora, labia majora, or both. The technique used is dependent on your concerns and your surgical expectations. The incisions are made along the length of each labia. The incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures that will fall out in 7-10 days after surgery.

What is the surgical process?

The surgery is performed at a hospital. During surgery you will receive IV sedation or general anesthesia. The surgery will take about 1 hour depending on the extent of the procedure. Once you are awake you are taken to the recovery room for another 1-2 hours and then discharged home.

Are there risks involved with labiaplasty?

Yes, there are risks with any surgical procedure. Some of the possible risks with a labiaplasty are pain, infection, bruising, swelling, wound healing complications, hematoma/seroma, numbness of the incision, nerve damage, asymmetry, or unsatisfactory results or scars that may require a revision surgery.

How should I prepare for a consultation?

Research on reputable internet sites such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery can be very informative to help provide basics about the surgery and your recovery. However, the best information will be obtained by making an appointment and speaking with Dr. Johnson. At the time of your consultation, it may also be helpful to review before and after photos of patients that have had the procedure.

Where will my labiaplasty procedure be performed?

Dr. Johnson has privileges at Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center. Both are accredited by the Joint Commission and have been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval, and both are conveniently located in Springfield, MA. Some labiaplasty procedures may also be performed in the procedure room in our office.

What is the recovery process?

The first few days you may have discomfort of the genital area. The extent of what is performed determines the amount of discomfort that you will have. You are sent home on pain medications which will decrease your discomfort. You will have bruising and swelling of the genital area. We will recommend that you apply antibiotic ointment to the incision for the first 72 hours after surgery. We will see you about 1 week after surgery to evaluate your healing process. We request that you do no strenuous exercise for 4 weeks after surgery.

Will my insurance cover labiasplasty surgery?

Generally, labiapolasty is not a covered procedure. Labiaplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure. Most insurances do not deem this procedure medically necessary and therefore it is not a covered procedure.

Can I finance my labiaplasty?

financingYes. We offer patient financing through CareCredit, which is a part of GE Capital, one of the nation's most credible and trusted financial partners. You can apply securely online by filling out a CareCredit Online Credit Application, or by calling (800) 365-8295. A decision is usually made within minutes of receiving your application.

What forms of payment are accepted

Our office accepts all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, money orders, and certified bank checks, or you can finance through CareCredit.

Can I make payments online?

Yes. You can make your payment by credit card securely online.

Labiaplasty lift before & after photos

All photos are of actual procedures performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
BEFORE & AFTER: Labiaplasty surgery performed by Dr. Melissa Johnson
50 year old female,
10 days post-op.
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