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Because the labia are the most visible portion of a woman’s sexual anatomy, an interest in their appearance is perfectly natural and understandable. Dr. Placik’s Chicago labiaplasty procedure reduces the size of the inner and/or outer vaginal lips to improve their look and create more aesthetic contours. A well done labiaplasty does more than just boost confidence in intimate relationships. It also reduces vaginal pain and discomfort, expands your wardrobe options, and increases your range of activity choices.

What are the primary reasons women seek labiaplasty?

  • Looks (what’s colloquially referred to as a camel toe)
  • Visibility
  • Irritation from certain clothing
  • Interference and discomfort with sexual intercourse
  • Repeat infections
  • Redundant tissues
  • Hygiene issues
  • Diversion of the urinary stream

Why choose Dr. Otto Placik for my Chicago labiaplasty surgery?

Dr. Otto Placik is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a labiaplasty specialist serving women across all of Chicago. He has helped thousands of women feel better about the look and condition of their labia. He likely has the greatest experience in the Midwest and has participated in and conducted numerous research studies, performed presentations, written book chapters and attended professional conferences on the subject. In addition to labiaplasty, Dr. Placik offers a number of other vaginal rejuvenation procedures that can help improve the appearance of your vaginal area as well enhance sexual sensation.

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Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


About Labiaplasty

Beyond cosmetic concerns, labia that are asymmetrical or overly large can cause physical discomfort during daily activities including exercise or sexual intercourse, as well as emotional discomfort that undermines your self-confidence, particularly in sexual relationships. Dr. Placik performs one of the best surgical labiaplasty Chicago has to offer and can improve symmetry and create more discreet contours that are more in line with your cosmetic goals.

What is Dr. Placik’s approach to labiaplasty?

Dr. Placik considers the size and shape of the inner and outer labia in relation to each other and the surrounding area to determine the best surgical approach. For example, the outer labia (labia majora) may benefit from fat transfer to add fullness, creating a more proportionate look relative to the inner labia (labia minora). Alternatively, large or redundant labia majora which occur frequently in combination with a prominent mons pubis may create an undesirable fullness or visibility in clothing and may be treated with reduction and/or liposuction. Most commonly, the inner labia are reduced to improve any existing discomfort, or to remove the darkened edges that can become more prominent after pregnancy or with age. It’s very common to include additional genital rejuvenation procedures with a labiaplasty in Chicago, such as vaginoplasty, clitoral hood reduction and G-spot enhancement.

How is labiaplasty performed?

Labiaplasty is generally performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia or local anesthesia with oral sedation. In some cases, if labiaplasty is being done as part of a more extensive procedure or mommy makeover, Dr. Placik may recommend general anesthesia. Most women who undergo a labiaplasty alone or in combination with other genital rejuvenation procedures can return home the same day.

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Reasons to get Labiaplasty

Women get labiaplasties for cosmetic, hygienic, and comfort reasons they begin to experience due to aging, genetics or childbirth. These manifest as:


Larger labia can cause chronic discomfort during exercise, sexual intercourse, or even walking.

Excess labia skin

Excess labia skin can hang low enough beyond the vulva that they interfere with simple activities and prevent women from feeling comfortable with tight-fighting clothes or swimsuits.

Labiaplasty revision

Where women have undergone a previous labiaplasty and now require a correction due to later changes of unsatisfactory results, Dr. Placik’s vast experience comes into play in a revision rhinoplasty. Dr. Placik is often sought out to correct surgeries performed by others.

Often a labiaplasty doesn’t only involve surgery solely on the labia, but can include other aspects of the vulva. A clitoral hood reduction or liposuction of excess fat on the mons pubis can be done to complement the results. Resolving these issues and concerns can increase vaginal hygiene and comfort, and help you feel more confident about the appearance of the area, along with all of its intricate and delicate parts.

Labiaplasty Recovery

Immediately after surgery, you can expect to see some bruising and swelling, both of which should dissipate over the next few weeks. You should be able to resume your normal routine within a few days, and be actively exercising at 3 weeks out, though Dr. Placik recommends waiting at least 6 weeks before engaging in sexual activity.

Labiaplasty FAQ

What Is Labiaplasty?

A cosmetic gynecology procedure that improves the appearance of the inner and/or outer vaginal lips, creating a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing look. While labiaplasty is often used to describe reduction of elongated inner labia, it can also include enlarging or reducing the outer labia, though this is less common. This is often confused with vaginal rejuvenation which refers to tightening of the vaginal canal.

Am I a good candidate for labiaplasty?

If you feel self-conscious about the size, shape or appearance of your labia, or notice discomfort during sexual activity or while wearing slim-fitting clothing, you’re likely a great candidate for labiaplasty. The best candidates for labiaplasty in Chicago with Dr. Placik are physically mature and in good mental and physical health. Labiaplasty is often done for emotional reasons or concern over a visible “camel toe.” As the labia often change in appearance after pregnancy and childbirth, many women include labiaplasty as part of a mommy makeover.

What can I expect after my Chicago labiaplasty?

Most women return home the day of surgery and should rest for the first day or two. When privacy is a concern, procedures can be performed under local anesthesia and patients can then drive themselves to and from surgery. However, most women prefer some oral sedation, in which case a driver is required to safely transport patients home.

Your vaginal region will look swollen and feel sore for the first few days. Discomfort can often be alleviated using ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications. Dr. Placik may also prescribe a pain reliever. You should refrain from vigorous exercise or sexual activity for the first 6 weeks after surgery, but should be able to return to work and your normal routine in about a week.

How much does labiaplasty cost?

Labiaplasty costs vary depending on the approach Dr. Placik needs to take during surgery and whether there will be other procedures performed at the same time. In some cases, insurance may cover some or all of the surgical costs. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure more affordable.

What’s the difference between the “trim” method and “wedge” method?

There are two approaches that can be taken during labiaplasty: The “trim method” or the “wedge method,” and Dr. Placik is experienced in both techniques. The trim method is straightforward and involves a simple trimming away of excess tissue to shorten the labia minora. The wedge method removes a triangular segment of tissue from the middle third of the inner labia instead. There are pros and cons to each technique, so Dr. Placik will go into more detail on your options during your consultation to help you decide which is best for you.

Though many surgeons currently advocate for wedge labiaplasty, this approach doesn’t address one of the most common cosmetic concerns for many women: the darker labial edge. By fully removing this portion of the labia, trim labiaplasty creates a more uniformly pink edge for a discreet final result.

Both approaches allow for safe, effective reduction of the inner labia in a way that should still preserve sensation. The decision of which surgical technique is best for you often comes down to your anatomy, your personal goals and the recommendation of your surgeon.

Will I have scars?

Although it’s impossible to perform any surgery without incisions, labiaplasty scars are typically very minimal. The initial incisions should heal completely by about the two-week mark, but scars may appear red or pink for several months. The trim method of labia reduction will leave longer scars than the wedge method but can remove more of the darkened edge. In either case, scars from either surgical approach should fade to nearly invisible with time. To see real patient results look at our Labiaplasty before and after gallery

What if I’m not happy with my labiaplasty?

Dr. Placik performs labiaplasty revisions for botched labiaplasty procedures or situations where patients weren’t happy with their earlier results. These procedures are highly customized to the unique situation of the patient, and Dr. Placik will work closely with you so you can feel confident about your results. Watch our video on labiaplasty revision for more information about what just might be the best labiaplasty in the United States.


Dr. Placik will cover the possible risks, side effects and potential complications during your first consultation, to ensure that you fully understand the procedure. Though serious side effects are rare, they are possible, and include concerns such as:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Changes in sensation and asymmetry
Will Labiaplasty Improve My Sex Life?

Female sexual satisfaction is a complex issue that includes multiple factors. Labiaplasty plays an important role in improving your sex life, especially when performed with additional genital rejuvenation procedures. For women who feel frustrated about their labia size detracting from their sexual experience, labiaplasty can correct physical issues to help make intercourse more enjoyable.

Women who have previously felt inhibited during sex due to the cosmetic appearance of their labia can also find that sex becomes more emotionally enjoyable. Larger inner labia can also often mean excess clitoral hood tissue that can interfere with clitoral stimulation during intercourse. Dr. Placik can combine clitoral hood reduction with labiaplasty to improve sexual sensation.

Does Insurance Cover Labiaplasty?

Typically, insurance companies see labiaplasty as cosmetic and therefore elective, a category that isn’t covered by most insurance plans. Exceptions may be made in some cases including if the surgery is being done to repair a torn labia or other form of injury or trauma. Because labiaplasty is usually done under local anesthesia, total costs are kept low.

What Can I Expect During My Procedure?

Labiaplasty is usually a 45-minute procedure and typically done under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. The surgery most often includes reducing the size of the inner labia using one of two techniques. When the procedure and healing are complete, you will see improved symmetry, beauty and balance for a flattering final result.

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