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Labiaplasty for Grand Rapids

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Labiaplasty may be a sensitive topic to discuss, but that shouldn't stop any woman from pursuing the procedure if she wants it. Women considering a labiaplasty in Grand Rapids should know that there is no "normal," as sizes and shapes of vulvas and the surrounding labia vary greatly. That said, some women find that their unique anatomy makes sexual intercourse or other activities uncomfortable, and even painful. They may also avoid certain clothing, such as a swimsuit, because of how it fits, feels, or looks in relation to their labia.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brad Bengtson offers labiaplasty at the Bengtson Center, where he first holds a thorough consultation with any woman seeking the surgery. Whether the problems began after giving birth or a woman has lived with them her whole life, Dr. Bengtson will work with compassion to understand the desired look and feel, then deliver safe, beautiful results.


  • Labia are the inner and outer lips, or externally visible parts, of the vulva or vaginal opening. These consist of the larger, thicker labia majora (outer labia) and the folded, slimmer labia minora (inner labia).
  • A Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure in which the inner labia are shortened to improve aesthetics, physical comfort, or both.
  • The procedure makes both labia look more symmetrical, improves their function, and reduces their prominence.
  • Many women choose to receive Labiaplasty if they feel self-conscious, experience physical discomfort during sexual activity or even during routine activity, or the tissue has been stretched too far after childbirth.
  • The surgery lasts between one to two hours on an outpatient basis.
  • Post-surgical swelling should reduce in about a week.
  • Patients are typically advised to avoid vaginal intercourse for about six to eight weeks after surgery.

What is a Labiaplasty?

Simply put, a labiaplasty is a surgery to shorten the inner vaginal lips for physical comfort, aesthetics, or both. The procedure can provide symmetry, improving form and function while reducing the overall length and prominence of both labia. It is typically chosen by women who feel that the extension of their labia minor interferes with daily living, causing them to be self-conscious or suffer physical discomfort.

Childbirth can stretch tissues and anatomical features in the vulva, but the conditions that prompt a labiaplasty may also be part of a womanís body from birth.

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Why Choose a Labiaplasty?

Since we're in the habit of putting things simply, we'll say this: A woman should have the body she wants, from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet. That definitely includes her vulva. We're obviously not alone in our opinion, since the Bengtson Center has seen a rise in demand from patients seeking a labiaplasty. With increased knowledge, more and more women are examining their options, particularly if their condition is causing discomfort.

Some women tolerate or dislike sexual intercourse because their labia creates uncomfortable friction. Extra skin and scar tissue around the clitoris could also affect how a patient feels during sexual intercourse. Tight-fitting outfits may also cause physical discomfort. Yoga pants and similar clothes can feel like they donít fit properly, chafe, and even reveal labia that extend far enough in certain positions.

Patients may also choose a labiaplasty because they have extreme discomfort and emotional distress. They also want to bring back the appearance of their vulva before they had children, or to get a new look as a part of their own aesthetic journey. Bottom line, an excessively large labia can affect women of all ages, regardless of whether they have had children or not.


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What Should I Know About Labiaplasty in Grand Rapids?

  • The surgery itself is an outpatient procedure and should run between one to two hours.
  • Expect some swelling after the surgery, but the bulk of it should fade in a week.
  • The doctors advise women who receive a labiaplasty to avoid vaginal sexual intercourse for four weeks, with a full return to typical daily life after a month.

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Labiaplasty helps with the look and feel of the outside of the vaginal area, but women need something else to help with the inside, where menopause can dry up lubrication (making sexual satisfaction a difficult endeavor), weakened bladder control can lead to leakage while running or jumping, and more.

ThermiVa® is a noninvasive treatment that works for overall vaginal rejuvenation. Radiofrequency energy delivered by the handheld device encourages new collagen production to tighten tissues that have gone lax, increase moisture, and firm up support for key structures, like the pelvic floor. The benefits include reduced discomfort, increased pleasure during sex, and better bladder control to combat incontinence.

ThermiVa® can be applied as a standalone treatment, or can be used to complement your labiaplasty procedure. In fact, at the Bengtson Center, labiaplasty patients receive the radiofrequency treatment as a part of their procedure to maximize rejuvenation. We offer this service because it's amazing what the power of two can do! Combined, the procedures impact both the external and internal structures of the vaginal area, giving women a total revitalized look and feel that makes a daily difference.

Dr. Bengtson can help each patient decide on how best to generate the desired results. He works to create an environment that conveys his skill and medical expertise while remaining comfortable for the women who choose the Bengtson Center for their aesthetic needs.

Dr. Brad Bengtson is a sought-after international speaker and leader in breast related aesthetic and plastic surgery procedures. He performs labiaplasty, as well as a special focus in breast-related procedures, including augmentation, reduction, and lifts. He has a commitment to professional excellence, as well as a particular understanding of the female body.

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