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At Volpe Plastic Surgery, we offer labia surgery for women in Boston who experience irritation, mobility issues, discomfort, or other issues due to issues with their labial skin. Each labiaplasty is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Volpe who will create a personalized surgical plan based on the patient’s specific needs.

Ideal Candidates for Labiaplasty

The best candidates for labiaplasty are individuals experiencing physical discomfort or dissatisfaction with the appearance of their labia. Common concerns include enlarged or asymmetrical labia minora, discomfort during physical activities, and self-consciousness during intimacy.

Candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations. A consultation with Dr. Volpe will determine individual suitability and guide the creation of a personalized treatment plan.

Reasons for Undergoing Labiaplasty

Large redundant labial skin can sometimes be a source of irritation or discomfort. This can interfere with certain activities including sports, physical mobility, clothing and sex. Sometimes, an individual may just be unsatisfied with the cosmetic appearance. Labiaplasty most commonly refers to the reduction of large inner labial lips (labia minora) or to the correction of asymmetry. It can also refer to the reduction of the outer labial lips (labia majora). This outpatient procedure can be performed with general anesthesia, intravenous sedation or with just local anesthesia.

I prefer a technique of labiaplasty that reduces and tightens the labia minora with a cosmetically hidden scar. This is in contrast to some of the older techniques in which the labia skin was trimmed leaving an unsightly scar. The newer techniques are much more acceptable in both appearance and function and in achieving your desired look.

Labiaplasty Techniques

Occasionally, one may have extra redundant outer lip (labia majora) skin, with or without associated redundant inner lip (labia minora) skin. This outer skin can also be reduced but it does leave a small visible scar which fades with time.

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Another associated procedure is the reduction of the Mons pubis otherwise known as the pubic area. This area can sometimes have excessive fullness or redundant skin. Commonly this is performed with liposuction techniques and sometimes requires extra skin removal.

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Types of Labia Surgery

1. Reduction of labia majora – In cases where there is excess or redundant outer lip (labia majora) skin, labiaplasty can involve the meticulous removal of this tissue. While it initially leaves a small visible scar, it fades over time, resulting in enhanced symmetry and aesthetics.

2. Mons pubis reduction – The Mons pubis reduction targets the pubic area, addressing issues such as excessive fullness or redundant skin. Typically performed using liposuction techniques, this procedure may also involve the removal of excess skin, providing a more sculpted and refined appearance.

3. Reduction of labia minora – Excess or redundant tissue is delicately trimmed during this procedure, creating a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing appearance. The goal is to achieve harmony while preserving natural functionality. The resulting scar is minimal and discreet, allowing for a comfortable outcome.

Recovering from Labiaplasty


Following Labiaplasty there may be some mild swelling and discomfort which usually resolves in about 1 to 2 weeks. One must initially avoid tampons and thong type underwear. Sex may be resumed in approximately five to six weeks. As with many surgeries, complete cosmetic healing may take up to three or four months time.

Preparing for Your Labiaplasty

The consultation is the first important step when it comes to preparing for your labiaplasty. At your consultation, we will review all aspects of your concerns and options with the upmost discretion and confidentiality. We understand the difficult nature of this subject matter and will provide comfort, compassion and privacy.

Meet the Surgeon

Are you looking for an expert and careful professional specializing in labia surgery? Dr. Volpe, a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, is renowned for his artistry and outstanding results. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.), he serves as Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.

With international training in Paris and Melbourne, Dr. Volpe has earned accolades. Dr. Volpe’s qualifications and commitment to excellence shine through, having been recognized in The Guide to Top Surgeons of America and voted a Top Plastic Surgeon by Boston Magazine and Castle Connolly multiple times.

Labiaplasty Cost

Labiaplasty is a highly personalized surgical procedure. Dr. Volpe will formulate a personalized surgical plan based on the specific issues you want to address and your desired results. Cost will vary based on the techniques used and the amount of work needed. During your consultation, our team can let you know what the expected cost of your labiaplasty in Boston will be. Financing options are available.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are there noticeable scars after labiaplasty?

Our surgeon uses advanced techniques to minimize scarring, ensuring discreet results. Scars generally fade over time, becoming barely noticeable.

How long does the procedure take?

Labiaplasty usually takes around one to two hours, depending on the extent of the procedure and whether additional techniques are employed.

When can I resume sexual activity after labiaplasty?

Patients are typically advised to abstain from sexual activity for 4-6 weeks to allow for proper healing and minimize the risk of complications.

Is labiaplasty covered by insurance?

In most cases, labiaplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. We can provide detailed information during your consultation.

Will labiaplasty affect sensitivity or sexual satisfaction?

The procedure is designed to enhance aesthetics without compromising sensitivity. Many patients report increased comfort and confidence in intimate situations.

How long do the results of labia surgery last?

Results are long-lasting, but individual factors, such as aging, can affect them over time. Dr. Volpe can provide guidance on maintaining the results.

Will labiaplasty affect childbirth?

While labiaplasty doesn’t directly impact childbirth, it’s advisable to undergo the procedure after completing one’s family to ensure the longevity of results.

What are the potential risks associated with Labiaplasty?

While complications are rare, risks include infection and temporary changes in sensation. Dr. Volpe takes every precaution to minimize these risks through meticulous surgical techniques and comprehensive post-operative care.

These FAQs aim to address common concerns, but individualized information is best obtained through a consultation with Dr. Volpe.

Schedule a Consultation

For many women, labiaplasty can help to treat a variety of vaginal health issues and improve their quality of life. If you are interested in labiaplasty and would like to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure, contact Volpe Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation for your labiaplasty in Boston. Dr. Volpe is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can provide you with the personalized surgical care you need.