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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LABIAPLASTY
1.Will I have scars from the labioplasty / labioplasty, and will it
With Beverly Hills Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Gary J. Alter's technique,
there is rarely any visible scarring. The “V” or “wedge”
technique invented by Dr. Alter leaves a very thin, almost
imperceptible scar from the outside labium, across the labial
edge, and then inside the vagina. Labial skin is very thin, so
scars are very difficult to see. Usually, the most
darkened labial tissue is removed. The normal labial edge
remains but is straight and not redundant or scalloped. It is
very rare for another doctor or a partner to suspect that
surgery was even performed due to the natural result.
2. What age should the labia reduction be performed?
I have performed labiaplasty on girls as young as twelve and
women as old as 71. The young teen-agers underwent surgery
because of severe discomfort or self-esteem issues. Women
have been almost universally pleased with the results as proven
by my paper on 407 women published in the prestigious journal
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in December 2008. Improvement
in self-esteem along with elimination of discomfort with
clothes, sex, or exercise occurred in almost all women.
3. Can I lose sensation or have chronic discomfort with
Labia reduction removes the protuberant portion of each labium,
usually also with some reduction of the clitoral hood.
Removal of this skin does not negatively affect sensitivity or
sexual sensation. In fact, many women claim improved
sensation due to elimination of excess tissue and by curing the
redundant skin that can cause pain during intercourse.
The “V” technique does not have scars on the labial edge, so the
incision lines do not cause discomfort. The trimming
techniques, whether by laser or scalpel, result in the entire
labial edge becoming a scar-line. This longitudinal scar
has a higher chance of causing post-operative tenderness and
deformities such as scalloping and asymmetry.
Dr. Alter has performed well over a thousand labia reductions
with his technique. If a labioplasty is performed by a
surgeon with poor technique, then complication such as scarring,
asymmetry, and pain are much more likely to occur. On
occasion, Dr. Alter is able to reconstruct these women to regain
a normal appearance.
4. Can I have a labioplasty if I plan on having children
I have performed labia reductions on hundreds of women who have
not had children. None have come back to me with
complaints of significant enlargement or complications due to
later pregnancy. Therefore, there is no reason to wait for
a labioplasty if you have discomfort or dislike the appearance.
5. How do I schedule surgery if I don’t live locally?
Dr. Alter draws patients from around the world. Patients
generally email photos of their genitalia, and then undergo a
phone consult with Dr. Alter. Determination of the proper
procedure will be done and discussed with the patient, including
clitoral hood reduction, clitoropexy, labia majora reduction,
clitoral reduction, pubic liposuction, vaginal tightening, etc.
The patient then schedules the surgery. My office staff will
assist with hotel and travel plans. A physical exam and
lab tests are usually done prior to your trip here. I
routinely see the woman on the day before surgery. I will
see her again one or two days after surgery depending on the
operation. Depending on the patient’s situation, this
protocol may be adjusted. For example, blood work may
occasionally be performed here.
If you have any other questions about labiaplsaty/ labioplasty or other
genital procedures, please view his main web site at
can also contact Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Gary J.
Alter at his Beverly Hills, California or Manhattan, New York