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Many women experience adverse changes due to childbirth and aging. The labia minora may be hanging, misshapen, or disproportionately large. This can result in embarrassment as well as discomfort during sexual activities.

Overly hanging labia can also rub against undergarments and trigger discomfort when you are going about your daily activities. Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to reshape the inner and outer lips of the vagina for improved comfort. Women who receive this plastic surgery report experiencing higher levels of sexual confidence, enhanced pleasure, improved vaginal aesthetics, and the ability to wear tight-fitting clothing.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers labiaplasty procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Chris goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. He uses state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring.

Who is a Candidate for a Labiaplasty?

Also known as vaginal rejuvenation, labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to modify the inner and/or outer lips of the vagina. You may be an ideal candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are in good emotional and physical health 
  • You feel embarrassed about the misshapen, disproportionate, hanging, or overly large labia minora 
  • You experience discomfort during sexual intercourse 
  • You are generally unhappy with the appearance of your vagina 
  • You are willing to improve your vaginal aesthetics 
  • You understand the pros and cons of this procedure
When you visit Dr. Balinger for your first labiaplasty consultation in Houston Texas, the surgeon will listen to you and let you know whether this procedure is for you. Some patients may benefit from a combination of labiaplasty and vaginal tightening (vaginoplasty). The surgeon will let you know what treatment approach will yield the best possible outcome for you. Since labiaplasty is a highly individualized procedure, it is important to ensure you are having this treatment out of your own choice, not because someone else wants you to.

Your Initial Labiaplasty Consultation

During your first Houston labiaplasty consultation, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. The surgeon will also examine your genitals before moving forward to the next step. This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Balinger’s office – is an opportunity to learn more about what the treatment entails, and what you can expect from the procedure.

Surgical methods for labiaplasty

Plastic surgeons have three different techniques that they can use to perform labiaplasty:

Trim Technique

This is the simplest type of labiaplasty. The surgeon will create a small vertical incision along the length of the inner vaginal lips. This can be done using either a laser or scalpel. Once the incision is made, the next step is to get rid of excess vaginal tissue and reshape the area as required. The incisions are then closed using stitches.

Wedge Technique

This entails removing excess tissue via the center of the labia minora. The surgeon will create an incision to remove tissue from the thickest section of the inner labia. Once this is done, the detached sides are stitched back together. One of the biggest advantages of this approach is that it results in less visible scarring.

De-epithelialization technique

This technique involves the removal of the tissue lining the vaginal lips.The surgeon will extract some labia minora lining tissue then close the treatment area with incisions. This technique is similar to the trim approach, only that inner labia tissue gets removed and not the outer edge. This results in a shrinking of the labia.
Dr. Christopher Balinger is uniquely positioned to recommend the best labiaplasty method for you. The surgeon will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each approach during your consultation visit at his Houston office.

Prepare for Your Labiaplasty

Once Dr. Balinger creates a customized treatment plan for you, the surgeon will let you know how to prepare for the surgery. You will be asked to stop taking some medication and herbal supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding. Smoking is also forbidden in the weeks before the surgery because it can increase the risk of complications and impair healing. The surgeon will let you know what to do on the night before the surgery, and what supplies you need to have in place for a smooth recovery.

Procedure Experience

Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room, or any accredited surgical facility. Once you are briefed on how the procedure will be performed, the surgeon’s anesthesiologist will sedate you. This is important in order to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety. The surgeon will then utilize a special surgical device referred to as an IRis Scissors to reshape your vaginal folds. The goal is to remove excess tissue and carefully reshape your labia in order to achieve an aesthetically pleasing outcome. Dr. Balinger uses advanced surgical techniques to ensure that nerves in this area and sexual sensation is preserved.

Recovery after your Labiaplasty Surgery

You will need to have someone to drive you home and help out with chores once you are discharged from the hospital. Recovery after labiaplasty varies from one patient to the other, depending on the extensiveness of the procedure and the patient’s unique healing ability. Many patients tend to experience bruising and swelling in the treatment area. Dr. Balinger will provide pain medication to alleviate discomfort, and antibiotics to prevent infections. You will be asked to take light walks several times daily as soon as you are able to. This helps improve blood circulation and speed up healing. The majority of Dr. Balinger’s labiaplasty patients are able to return to their daily routines within a week. However, you will be asked to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercises until you get the go ahead from the surgeon. Make sure to adhere to the surgeon’s instructions and attend all follow-up visits in order to ensure a smooth recovery. Dr. Balinger’s office will also be available to answer your questions and provide the support you need throughout the recovery duration.

Plan your Procedure in Houston Texas

The cost of labiaplasty in Houston TX can vary dramatically based on the uniqueness of the procedure. Most of Dr. Balinger’s labiaplasty patients can however expect to pay between $2,000 and $4,500 for this treatment. Health insurers typically do not cover the cost of labiaplasty surgery that is needed for aesthetic reasons. During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform labiaplasty and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for labiaplasty, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

Average Cost
$2,000 – $4,500
Procedure Time
Same Day
Recovery Time
1 Week
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Are you living with embarrassing feminine health issues, such as labia chafing and the dreaded “camel toe”? Now you can address these concerns discretely with vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Balinger offers labiaplasty for women in Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is plastic surgery that reduces the shape and size of the inner and outer lips of a woman’s genitalia. Women choose to have labiaplasty for aesthetic, emotional, and functional reasons. Having large labia may make a woman feel self-conscious during sex or cause discomfort. Women with large labia also have chafing and “camel toe” issues when wearing clothing.

How much does vaginal rejuvenation cost?

The average cost of labiaplasty is $2,000 to $4,500. Your cost is based upon the surgical plan that you develop with Dr. Balinger during the consultation. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of labiaplasty?

  • May reduce inflammation and pain during intercourse
  • Reduces chafing
  • Helps you feel more comfortable in intimate situations
  • Correct asymmetry and other natural abnormalities

How is a vaginal rejuvenation performed?

Vaginal rejuvenation is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Balinger performs in our office. A local anesthesia is used to numb the area. General anesthesia is not needed for labia reduction. Based on the desired look that is discussed during your consultation, Dr. Balinger carefully removes small amounts of tissue from the labia minora or labia majora. The incisions are closed with sutures. Labiaplasty may take up to one hour depending on the complexity of your labia reduction.

What is recovery like after vaginal rejuvenation?

Dr. Balinger may use dissolvable sutures for your labia reduction, or you may need to return to our office to have the sutures removed. You may need to soak the vaginal area in warm water to promote healing and manage swelling. The vaginal area will need to stay dry, and you should avoid rubbing the area with a towel or toilet paper, as this may pull or break the sutures. You will need to clean the area a few times each day and make sure that the genitalia stay dry to prevent infection and other complications. Tight-fitting undergarments or shorts can help with any chafing and pulling against the stitches. Dr. Balinger will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.

How long will vaginal rejuvenation results last?

The results of labia reduction are permanent, but the genitalia may change due to aging, weight changes, and pregnancy.

If you feel self-conscious about your labia or have tenderness, chafing and swelling due to the size of your labia, learn more about vaginal rejuvenation with labia reduction. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers labiaplasty for women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas.Contact us today to schedule a free vaginal rejuvenation consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.