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When Is the Cost of a Labiaplasty Covered by Insurance?

Loeb Staff | December 30, 2021 | Posted in Labiaplasty Surgery

A labiaplasty is a surgical form of vaginal rejuvenation. It is used to reduce the size of the labia minora until it is aligned with the labia majora. The labia minora refers to the inner tissues of the genitalia, and the labia majora are the outer tissues. The labia minora can become enlarged over time due to genetics, age, and childbirth.

How much does a labiaplasty cost?

Each patient is unique. For example, a labiaplasty can be performed under either general or local anesthesia. However, general anesthesia will raise the cost. The general range for a labiaplasty is between $3,200 to $6,000.

Once you consult a plastic surgeon about having this procedure, the office staff can provide you with a more accurate estimate based on your unique issues. Remember, it’s worth paying for an exceptional surgeon. Choosing the cheapest option can jeopardize your health and safety and leave you dissatisfied with the results.

Is the cost of a labiaplasty covered by insurance?

As noted above, labiaplasty is plastic surgery. Most plastic surgeries are performed for cosmetic reasons and are not covered by insurance policies. However, some insurance plans may partially or entirely cover a labiaplasty if there is a documented medical need. Excessively large labia minora can indeed lead to discomfort and irritation, although this will not be sufficient to prove a medical need for a labiaplasty. Instead, women who hope to have a labiaplasty covered by insurance must document that their condition creates medical concerns or problems.

How to document the medical need for a labiaplasty

Your medical records can prove the existence of these medical problems to the insurance company. For example, you may have visited your doctor already to discuss any of the following issues:

  • Difficulty urinating normally
  • Frequent or chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Complications from chronic UTIs, such as kidney infections
  • Chronic pain caused by activities like sitting, walking, exercising, or having sex

Talk to your primary care doctor about your medical complications from enlarged labia minora. Then, consult a plastic surgeon about your treatment options. Submitting your medical records and any other relevant documentation to the insurance company may convince the carrier to cover the cost of your labiaplasty.

Consult a world-class plastic surgeon in Manhattan

Patients fly into Manhattan from all over the world to consult Dr. Thomas Loeb—a board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for clinical excellence and unparalleled artistic artistry. Our office staff will work with you to help you access the highest quality of plastic surgery. In addition, we’ll help you determine if your insurance may cover some or all of the cost of your labiaplasty.

If you must pay out of pocket, we’ll work with you to develop a financing plan that’s within your budget. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Loeb at his Fifth Avenue office in New York City.

Additional resources on labiaplasty

  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, What is a labiaplasty and what does it involve? https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/what-is-a-labiaplasty-and-what-does-it-involve
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