Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess labia minora and reshapes it through a special technique that I’ve developed. It is often combined with clitoral hood reduction to create a smooth and blended shape.
Dr. Cat Begovic is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California. She is a three-time winner of Best of Beverly Hills Award in the cosmetic surgeons category.

What is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess labia minora and reshapes it. I’m proud to say that I’m one of the pioneers in the field of Labiaplasty and that I’ve developed my very own special surgical technique that creates a natural-looking, symmetric, and tucked-in shape. Through the advocacy I have done to normalize discussions about Labiaplasty and have women feel more comfortable to seek solutions for themselves, it is becoming more popular. It is one of the most common surgeries I perform. In most cases, the procedure is more than cosmetic; it truly improves a woman’s quality of life.

As a woman myself, I am particularly sensitive to women seeking vaginal cosmetic surgery procedures. Often women live with discomfort, embarrassment, avoidance of certain tight-fitting clothing, and feel self-conscious in their relationships because of labial asymmetry, protuberance, or excessive labial show. In your consultation, myself and my staff will do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible. I will discuss what your specific concerns are and develop a customized surgical plan for you.

Dr. Cat Begovic

Things You Should Know Before Your Labiaplasty Procedure

In your consultation, I will review with you your individual anatomy, and together I will help you visualize the size and shape to best accomplish your desired result. I will review with you the special surgical technique I have developed, so you have a complete understanding of what happens in surgery.

Many years ago, I authored the Aesthetic Surgery of the Female Genitalia chapter in the International Textbook of Cosmetic Surgery and since then have refined my technique to create natural-looking, symmetric, and tucked-in labia with an invisible scar. As I perform many vaginal rejuvenation procedures, I often see my post-op patients many times after surgery, and honestly, I can usually not find the scar. I believe that in such a sensitive area, it is critical that it not look like surgery was ever done. With the technique I have developed, my patients are able to achieve unparalleled results.

Because each woman is unique, both physically and in terms of her desired results, it is important that we go over the desired shape. I encourage you to bring pictures of different labiaplasty examples to your consultation, both ones you like and dislike, so that we can discuss your aesthetic preferences in detail and I can have a better understanding of what you hope to achieve. I have many before and after photos on my website, so I encourage you to view these photos prior to your consultation. Then, based on your anatomy and aesthetic desires, and a lot of communication, I will develop a customized plan for you.

How to Prepare for Labiaplasty

To make sure you have the best possible outcome, it is very important that you do all you can to prepare for your labiaplasty procedure. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Two months before surgery – stop smoking. This includes all nicotine products but also any other inhalants. Anything that affects your lungs will affect the way you recover from surgery. Nicotine can also interfere with the blood flow to your skin, and that affects wound healing.
  • Several weeks before your labiaplasty procedure – arrange for someone to drive you to your surgery and back. Please do not count on a taxi or Uber; you need someone to drive you home, get you settled, make sure you take your medications.
  • Two weeks before surgery – it is important that you stop taking Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Alleve (Naproxen), or other NSAIDs. You should also discontinue all herbal medications, vitamins, and diet pills and stop drinking alcohol. Do not take Advil even if you have a headache, or cramps, take Tylenol instead.
  • Two weeks before surgery – do not overexpose yourself to the sun or get a sunburn.
  • The week before your labiaplasty surgery – let us know if you have a cough, fever or any other illness, or any skin changes or infections. If you are feeling sick, please do not take over-the-counter medications without asking us.
  • The week before the surgery – pick up your medications. When you go to the pharmacy, you should also pick up the special soap we recommend – Hibiclens soap, and also above-the-knee, low compression ted-hose.
  • Two days before labiaplasty – thoroughly wash your body with the Hibiclens soap. This will minimize the chance of infection. Shave or remove hair around your surgery site.
  • Two days before surgery – stick with a light diet. You want to avoid being bloated during or after your labiaplasty surgery.
  • The night before your surgery – do not eat or drink anything after midnight. This includes water. You can take your high-blood pressure medications with a sip of water the morning of surgery, but otherwise, do not eat or drink anything the night before your surgery.
  • On the day of the surgery – do not use makeup, creams, lotions, hair gels, sprays, perfumes, powder, or deodorant on your skin, hair, or face. Also, do not bring or wear any valuables or jewelry to your surgery. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.

What Happens During Labiaplasty Procedure

I perform the labiaplasty surgery under 3.5X microscopic examination in order to create as precise and symmetric results as possible so I need my patients to be completely still for the procedure. To me, even millimeters matter.

What Kind of Anesthesia is Used?

For your comfort and safety, labiaplasty will be performed under general anesthesia.

Every part of the surgical team is essential to having a perfect and smooth surgery, so every part of my extended team is focused during surgery and pays attention to every detail. We will all ensure that as you enter the operating room and are gently placed under anesthesia, you will feel relaxed and calm, and excited. During the operation, we will all be focused on keeping you warm, comfortable, and cared for. During the surgery, I am gentle and respectful and ensure a positive and calm environment around you. I will also place a numbing solution in your labia so you will not feel pain even though you are under anesthesia.

How Long Does Labiaplasty Procedure Take?

The surgery may take 2.5 to 4 hours, depending on complexity, anatomy, and incision. The shape will be marked in the pre-operative area, and I will review all the incisions with you prior to surgery. Both labia and clitoral hood, if necessary, will be carefully shaped. I take extreme pride in my attention to detail with every single step of this surgery.

Labiaplasty Recovery & Results: What To Expect

I have developed a special technique that has minimal pain and a quick recovery. You may feel some soreness of the labia, and there will be swelling. The swelling lasts about a month. It takes a full 3-4 months for the tissues to see the final results. If you do have discomfort, Tylenol is usually all that’s needed. I have my patients apply antibiotic ointment and ice the area for comfort.

To make sure you have the easiest recovery possible from your labiaplasty procedure, please follow these instructions:

  • Ice your labia to reduce swelling but be sure not to let anything stick to the suture line.
  • Apply a lot of bacitracin or a triple antibiotic ointment to the suture line for 4 weeks.
  • Wear loose cotton undergarments and avoid any undergarments or clothing that is tight or irritating for 4 weeks.
  • Wear a thick maxi pad covered in a lot of ointment. Do not let it go between your labia, and avoid those with a mesh that could catch on the suture.
  • Do not use tampons, do not have sex, and avoid crossing your legs for 4 weeks after your labiaplasty.
  • When it comes to showering after your labiaplasty, you want to be careful not to disrupt any of the sutures. Do not scrub the incision. Pat your labia dry, do not rub. Avoid baths or swimming for 4 weeks. After your showers, apply lots of ointment to the surgery site.
  • When you’re sleeping or resting, the best position is with your legs bent up.
  • If you experience itching from the healing, the best thing to do is to ice and apply ointment.

How Long Before I Can Return to Normal Activities?

No tight clothing, intercourse, or exercise is allowed for 4 weeks after surgery. You will most likely be able to return to work within a few days, but you will need to avoid any strenuous activity for at least a couple of weeks.

Does Labiaplasty Leave Scars?

Scars take about 3 months to fade completely. In almost every case, the scar is invisible. The incision line is meticulously and precisely closed and results in a nearly invisible scar.

Overall, labiaplasty with or without clitoral hood greatly improves patient comfort, and it is a surgery that truly improves a women’s quality of life. It is a surgery that I specialize in, and I have patients that travel from all over the globe for this surgery. As the recovery is painless and easy with my technique, my out of town or international patients, in general, need only stay in town for 1 week after surgery with follow-ups done virtually.

About Dr. Cat Begovic

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Cat Begovic is a board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. She gradated from Harvard University with Honors in Molecular and Cellular biology. From there she was awarded her medical degree at UCLA, were she also finished two surgical residences. Dr. Cat has been in private practice since June 2010.

Dr. Cat’s passion for plastic surgery and for women’s transformation, her meticulous attention to detailed, and her unique skill has positioned her as a leader in the field of cosmetic surgery.

Where To Start

I understand that getting a plastic surgery procedure is one of your biggest life decisions. It takes time, planning, and resources. I want you to know that myself and my team are here to help you every step of the way. Your plastic surgery journey starts in 4 easy steps:

Free Phone Consultation

Schedule a free phone consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgical consultants who are trained by Dr. Cat. They will answer many of your questions and you can decide if you are ready for your consultation with Dr. Cat.

Consultation with Dr. Cat

Meet Dr. Cat for your initial consultation in-person or video consultation. The consultation cost is $500 and it’s applied towards your plastic surgery procedure.

Preparations & Surgery Day

After you reserve your surgery date, Dr. Cat and her team will make sure you are well informed and prepared for your big day. Preparation is a very important part of your plastic surgery journey.

Enjoy Results

The post-op phase is an important time of healing and recovering so you can enjoy your amazing results and your improved quality of life that you have envisioned.

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Labiaplasty Before & After Cases

Case LBP-0762

Labiaplasty with Clitoral Hood Reduction

This young woman underwent a Labiaplasty with Clitoral Hood Reduction

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This woman underwent a labiaplasty.

Case LBP-0415

This young woman underwent a labiaplasty with clitoral hood reduction.

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Labiaplasty before and after surgery procedure performed by Dr. Cat Begovic in her Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Center.


Does it hurt or burn while peeing or period?
I have developed a special technique that has little to no pain. Most patients don’t take pain pills, only Tylenol. I know if you google on the internet, there are horror stories of Labiaplasty recovery being excruciating or having bleeding for a month, but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you read my patient’s experiences, they all had little to no pain and a quick recovery. It does not hurt to pee or have a period because of the water-tight closure.
How does vaginal rejuvenation actually work?
Vaginal rejuvenation is non-surgical and has no downtime. It uses radiofrequency to increase collagen to the tissues, tightening it. It also increases blood flow to the vaginal area, which increases moisture and sensation to the clitoris and G-spot, which are two of the specific areas treated. I do them to myself a few times a year. It’s awesome!
I have one labia bigger than the other one. Can I do something about it?
Asymmetry is very common- in fact, almost half of the patients I perform Labiaplasty on are for the asymmetry. (See before and after gallery on my website). I have patients who range from 16-60 who have this surgery done.
Why do women care about the way their vaginas look anyway?
The vagina is one of the most important parts of the female body. The vagina should be revered- it is where life is created! Feminine power is one of the strongest forces that exists. And when it comes to intimacy, women want to feel confident about the way they look in this area. They don’t want to have discomfort when performing activities they enjoy, like yoga, spinning, working out, or worrying when wearing tight leggings or jeans from rubbing. Women should be able to embrace loving their vagina and caring for it like the rest of their body. I am passionate about breaking down any social boundaries or embarrassment when having conversations about the vagina or labia. Many of my patients have suffered for years with discomfort, afraid to talk about the subject. Women should be able to feel comfortable talking about and loving all parts of their body.
Does labiaplasty improve sexual feeling?
Most of my patients feel a significant improvement because the excess tissue pills or causes discomfort during sex. Also, excess clitoral hood tissue sometimes blocks the clitoris, so trimming it helps many with sensation or makes it easier to orgasm. Also, because my patients feel more confident about their intimate area looks, many report an improvement in their sex life.
Do you stitch the labia after cutting extra skin?
Over the years, having done hundreds of Labiaplasty surgeries, I have developed a unique and personal technique that involves artistic and meticulous shaping and suturing. The surgery takes me 3-3.5 hours, and I use magnifying lenses for extra precision. Millimeters matter to me! If you inquire about labiaplasty, make sure to ask about the technique. Like everything else, it’s extremely important.
Why is labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation important?
Many women seek labiaplasty, so they feel more comfortable in tight clothing. Less rubbing and pain with exercise, so there is less pinching with various activities and intercourse. Many women want to have their labia symmetric tucked in shape for aesthetic reasons or to feel more confident.

Vaginal rejuvenation helps restore collagen after childbirth or aging and helps increase sensation, tightness, moisture, and smoothness of the skin.

Why is it important! Vaginas are important! Vaginas are the gateway to life. We should cherish it as we cherish the rest of our body.

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