Will I Lose Feeling If I Have a Labiaplasty or Vaginoplasty?

Worries concerning labiaplasty or vaginoplasty and how it affects sexual pleasure are regularly expressed by women who are considering either.

Women who have had labiaplasties and vaginoplasties say that they are more inclined to engage in sexual activity and that their sexual partners are happier with their sex life.

The mons pubis, labia majora, clitoris, labia minora, vestibule, urinary meatus, vaginal entrance, Bartholin’s glands, and perineum comprise the external genitalia.

The internal genitalia, in addition to the external genitalia, contains the vagina, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, urethra, and bladder. The external genitalia is referred to collectively as the vulva.

Vaginoplasty deals with the structure and form of the vaginal entrance, whereas labiaplasty deals with the labia majora and/or minora.

What Is Labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty is performed on the inner vaginal lips (Labia Minora) this procedure is performed by cutting the inner vaginal lips to reduce the size and create a more aesthetic or symmetrical appearance. A labiaplasty is performed on the outer labia (labia majora) either by adding volume or reducing volume for a tighter or plumper appearance.

What is a Vaginoplasty?

A Vaginoplasty can be performed through either laser treatment or a surgical procedure in which there is a reduction of the vaginal canal, the process consists mainly of the tightening of the vagina’s muscles and removing vaginal mucosa tissue with a laser which stimulates collagen genesis; blood augmentation for vaginal tightening and assisting in the diagnosis of urinary incontinence.


Who Should Perform This Surgery?

Vaginoplasty is usually performed by a gynecological surgeon because it involves the muscle structure of the vagina. A cosmetic surgeon or a gynecologist can perform a labiaplasty since it involves a functional or aesthetic part of the female genital area.

Who Are These Procedures For?


If you are growing increasingly dissatisfied with the appearance of your labia, or if it’s causing daily discomfort or pain, it may be time to consult a gynecologist. A labiaplasty should not be performed on girls under the age of 18, as the labia usually continue to develop beyond puberty and into early adulthood. Labial reconstruction surgery may be an option for women who are experiencing pain as a result of enlarged labia, experience painful intercourse, or simple tasks like inserting a tampon become an agonizing deal. All of these are legitimate medical grounds for labiaplasty.

Labiaplasty should not be confused with vaginoplasty, which is a vaginal tightening treatment. These are individual surgeries that do not necessarily have to be performed at the same time, but in the event that they are required, they can be.


Fortunately, vaginoplasty is a reasonably easy and successful operation that does not jeopardize vaginal feeling. Pregnancy, age, sexual practices, and vaginal childbirth can all induce changes in the vaginal tissue. While this is totally natural, some women may want to rejuvenate the region. These treatments will appeal to a broad spectrum of women. It may be particularly appealing if you have experienced stretching and shifting of your vagina over time—with pregnancies, weight loss, or age, find sexual intercourse difficult, and find it more difficult to feel aroused.

How Long Does This Procedure Take?

These procedures vary in time, for a Labioplasty the procedure can take one hour- to one and a half hours. On the other hand, a vaginoplasty can take up to two hours to two and a half hours. They are performed under regional anesthesia, and sedation can be used to create a less stressful experience for the patient, they do not require overnight hospitalization.

What Is the Recovery Process for a Procedure Like This?

Recovery time for each procedure varies on the type of surgery that is performed and the person’s body. Here are the suggested times of recovery, remember that you should check with your doctor first.

Labioplasty: 5-14 days

Vaginoplasty: 7-14 days

How soon can I have sex after surgery?

Each person’s recovery  process and sexual experiences are different; we listed the recommended time below :

Labioplasty: 4 weeks

Vaginoplasty: 6-8 weeks

Remember to check with your doctor to get the green light when it comes to initiating any type of sexual activity.

Would It Affect My Sexual Pleasure or Sensation?

Both procedures are satisfying and successful operations. A reduction in labial tissue should have no effect on sexual pleasure. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery discovered that “most labiaplasty procedures may be performed safely and are unlikely to induce loss of feeling since the nerve density distribution in labia minora is diverse.”

If you are growing increasingly dissatisfied with the appearance of your labia, or if it is causing you daily discomfort or pain, it may be time to consult a gynecologist. While undergoing labial reconstructive surgery is not a decision to be made lightly, for many women, the treatment may be life-changing, allowing them to live happier lives giving them security, and improving self-esteem. Most patients who have surgery have less discomfort and pain, improved sex life for them and their partner, and they are happy with the look of their genitalia afterward.

Dr. Saldaña will thoroughly describe the procedure, including labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, and sexual feeling, as well as the adverse effects of labiaplasty, during your appointment. Contact the Vida wellness and beauty team now to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Javier Saldaña

Dr. Javier Saldaña is a board-certified OBGYN that practices at VIDA Clinic in Tijuana. He specializes in Vaginal Surgery, Laser Vaginal Surgery, Urinary Incontinence & more. He is certified by the Mexican Council of Gynecology & Obstetrics and The Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Insitute of America en Beverlyhills, Los Angeles, California.