Los Angeles Labiaplasty Procedure


Labiaplasty is a reconstructive surgery that removes excess and/or uneven labial tissue from the labia minora (i.e. vaginal lips). Enlarged or elongated labia minora, known as labial hypertrophy, are the result of genetics, puberty or childbirth.

Sometimes enlarged labia cause discomfort during exercise or intercourse. They can be uncomfortable and/or visible when women wear tightly fitted clothing or bathing suits. Labiaplasty surgery resolves any issues with irritation, rubbing and visibility.

Labiaplasty, a simple gynecological procedure, also serves to improve the aesthetic quality of a woman’s vaginal region. The procedure restores confidence and self-esteem to women who are self-conscious about the appearance of their labia minora.

Dr. David Ghozland’s labiaplasty procedure utilizes the latest technology within the tranquil setting of his Santa Monica offices, located four blocks from the ocean.

How is Dr. Ghozland’s labiaplasty done?

The procedure is performed in-office using local anesthetic. Patients will not feel any pain. They can watch a movie, read a magazine or speak with Dr. Ghozland during their labiaplasty surgery.

The Ellman Surgitron is used to perform all labiaplasty surgery, as it is by far the most advanced method to achieve natural and cosmetically appealing results. This laser provides for a more precise incision than a standard laser or scalpel. It also promotes faster healing with little-to-no scarring, as well as reduced levels of pain, swelling and infection post-procedure.

What technique is used?

After 10 years of performing labiaplasty surgery and experimenting with various styles of surgical technique, Dr. Ghozland determined that a straight edge technique is the most effective with the fewest risks. The incision runs along the length of the labia. It allows Dr. Ghozland to remove darker pigmentation often found on the edges of the labia and more accurately create the new shape of the labia as determined by the patient. The laser provides superior precision and cutting and less thermal injury, thereby promoting faster and less painful healing.

All sutures utilized in labiaplasty are self-dissolvable and disappear within six weeks.

How long is labiaplasty surgery?

Dr. Ghozland’s labiaplasty in Los Angeles usually takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Combined with a vaginoplasty, it will take approximately 2.5 hours. Typically, patients are discharged shortly after labiaplasty surgery. A patient should come with a driver — a friend or family member — since they will be slightly sedated post-surgery.

Can I opt for general anesthesia if I’m nervous about local?

Patients can have their labiaplasty surgery performed with general anesthesia if they prefer, but it will have to be performed at a surgery center/hospital. There also are additional costs (e.g. operating room time, anesthesiologist and nurses) and the normal, minimal risks involved with general anesthesia. Both local anesthesia and general anesthesia are equally great options. Procedure results are the same no matter what anesthesia method is chosen.

Are there bleeding or infection risks post-operation?

The risks associated with labiaplasty are similar to those of any minor surgical procedure. Bleeding and infection are among the most common risks. Proper cleaning and post-op care will ensure effective healing. Scarring or uneven labia (as a result of the procedure) is extremely rare, but it is possible in some cases.

Spotting will occur for a few days following labiaplasty surgery. Swelling will last for up to 72 hours.

If patients soak more than two sanitary pads an hour for more than two hours, Dr. Ghozland should be notified immediately. This is a rare occurrence. However, Dr. Ghozland and his staff are available 24 hours a day if abnormal amounts of bleeding occur.

Is there a recommended age range within which to complete labiaplasty?

There is no recommended age range. The procedure is most commonly seen performed by women between 20 and 35 years old. However, the procedure is safe for women of any age.

Who are candidates for labiaplasty surgery?

Women who have experienced labial stretching or tearing during childbirth or women suffering from labia minora hypertrophy can benefit from this procedure. Abnormally large labia can cause irritation and discomfort during certain activities and sports. Also, women who are self-conscious regarding asymmetrical labia can gain self-esteem by achieving a more proportionate and balanced look.

What is recovery like following labiaplasty surgery?

Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure. After a short recovery time, the patient is allowed to go home and may return to work in a day or so. Patients are advised that pain and swelling will persist for the first few days post-procedure, though walking around and daily activities may be resumed almost immediately.

Regular icing for the first 48 hours is recommended to keep swelling down and aid in comfort and support. Pain is managed by over-the-counter or prescription medication. Patients will be instructed on proper cleaning of the incision and the application of topical ointment for pain, if necessary.

Patients should abstain from heavy exercise and sexual activity for about six weeks unless they are told otherwise. Patients are asked to come in for a one-week and a one-month follow-up to ensure proper healing.

In general, the vaginal and labial area is quite forgiving and heals quickly. There is very little scarring, if any, involved.

Can labiaplasty be combined with other gynecological procedures or cosmetic surgeries?

Labiaplasty is easily paired with vaginoplasty or other gynecological procedures, such as hysterectomy, urinary stress incontinence and endometrial ablations. They also can be performed in conjunction with plastic surgeries like breast augmentation and/or tummy tucks.

What if patients live outside the Santa Monica area?

Dr. Ghozland offers flexible Saturday appointments for those with strict work schedules, who live outside the Los Angeles area or who don’t want to sit in traffic on their way home. The office works with nearby hotels to offer preferred rates for labiaplasty patients. Dr. Ghozland’s office can help with accommodations.

Free consultations are offered to prospective patients.

Labiaplasty Testimonials

  • From the first encounter one feels a sense of ease and trust with the entire staff. Dr. Ghozland’s approach is with decorum, refinement, and a buoyant sense of humor. I commend Dr. Ghozland for his professionalism and medical acumen. I truly felt comfortable and accurately advised. Dr. Ghozland is consistently motivated by advancements in technology, and performs thorough examinations and surgeries to perfectionism. After experiencing a few specialists, I unequivocally recommend Dr. Ghozland for all gynecological, obstetrical and cosmetic surgical needs. He is brilliant and his staff is lovely!
  • I researched this procedure more than anyone can possibly imagine. I can only say that I am so thankful for picking the right doctor to perform the surgery. Dr. Ghozland has made this procedure a breeze to experience. I was very fearful for the obvious reasons. His caring demeanor and attention to detail made me feel very comfortable. His staff was awesome and very accomadating to my needs in every way possible. Thank you Dr.Ghozland!
  • I has an amazing experence with Dr.Ghozland and the staff. I am beyond excited with my results and I couldn't be happier. I finally feel confident in myslef gain. dr.ghozland and his staff were alwats there 100% of the time if I had any questions or conderns. i would recommed him to anyone. Thank you!
  • Dr.Ghozland made my labiaplasty experience more comfortabel than I imagined possible. His confidence and skill were apparent from the beginnin. I am amazed with the results of the procedure and feel so greatful for what Dr.Ghozland was able to dp for me. Thank You!
  • This was by far the best medical experience I have ever had right from the start when I called to make an appointment for a consultation. I have had a terribly embarrassing and uncomfortable situation pretty much my entire life. I had extremely large labia that kept me from having comfortable intimate relationships and hurt my confidence. Some people are fine with this issue but I was not. I had fully done my research and was already pretty sure from all of my investigating that I wanted Dr. Ghozland to perform the surgery but of course I wanted to meet with him to make this decision final. When I called for the consultation a very cheerful girl answered and of course I was embarrassed to even say why I was calling but she didn’t even pause when I told her the issue, she just treated me as you would any “normal” patient problem and immediately made me feel comfortable and got me right in. When I went in I brought a book because of course everyone knows if you’re appointment is at 11 you’ll be lucky to be called back at 11:30. Not here! I was in the Dr’s office at 11 and saw him within 5 minutes! Wow! Ok, so of course I’m totally nervous, this is a man about to look up close at my long labia that even I’m grossed out by! Pretty nerve racking! He immediately put me at ease; he was soooo nice and soooo professional! He let me know before he even looked that there is nothing wrong with me, that he understood my feelings and my choice to surgically alter them. After he took a look he explained the procedure to me and the healing process. I was so excited to get this done! I then went over to meet with Vee to set up the surgery. She was sooo nice! She was so warm and kind and answered all of my financial questions and even set up the ride for me on the day of surgery! She was awesome! I went home so happy, I couldn’t wait! The day of the surgery once again I had no wait time, everyone on staff was once again so nice and so comforting, it was such a pleasant experience, and that’s saying a lot for a labiaplasty! I chose to have it done without being unconscious, he does give the option and I’m glad I did as I was able to go home sooner. When he came in to start he once again was so nice and comforting, explained again what he was going to do, and distracted me with pleasant conversation as he started. I was still a bit nervous about it of course and then Vee (the business manager from earlier) came in to see how I was doing, I looked at her, probably pretty pathetically, and said I’m pretty freaked out. She didn’t even hesitate, she came over and held my hand and starting telling me stories about her childhood and where she lived and all these happy things, she was like an angel! She did this for me through the whole procedure! She completely took my mind off of what was going on! Amazing! All of this Dr’s staff, including him of course, were some of the nicest, most genuinely kind people I have ever encountered! He such a wonderful practice, it truly has that family feel! I really can’t put into words how wonderful this whole experience was! It has been 3 weeks since the surgery, it already looks absolutely beautiful, I have my confidence back and I feel like a woman finally! I have been back for checkups and nothing has changed with their kindness! It’s amazing and I am so happy I made the right decision in going to him! For me it was a rough situation having the long labia and ever since I walked into Dr. Ghozlands office everything has gone so smoothly and with such ease, I am so grateful and so amazed by the results! It’s so pretty now! Dr. Ghozland is seriously the best Dr. I have ever met! Thank you to every single person that works there!
  • Dr. Ghozland and his staff are absolutely amazing. dr.ghozland is a super-srat with his procedure. i love my results, in fact, I call it my "vagina miracle". The staff is so friendly. Dr. Ghozland is very personable, nice and made sure I was comfortable during the procedure. He even gave me advice about work. I tuly am blessed to have found him. Thank you so much.
  • This is something I wiish I could have done a long time ago I just didn't know about such a procedure. I felt very embarrased and self conscious about the way I looked. I now feel more confident. I also feel more womanly. Dr. Ghozalnd and Vee made me feel so comfortable about the entire process. I couldn't ask for a better experience!


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David Ghozland M.D,
11645 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 905
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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