What is the average cost of a vaginoplasty?
The average cost of a vaginoplasty procedure is $4,000 to $20,000, with most procedures falling in the $6,000 to $9,000 range. There are numerous additional expenses (details below!) to consider in the total cost of a vaginoplasty.
- Average Cost of Vaginoplasty: $6,500
- Price Range for Vaginoplasty: $4,000 - $20,000
The information below will be helpful for familiarizing yourself with the numerous factors that affect the price of a plastic surgery procedure.
Factors to Consider in the Total Cost of a Vaginoplasty Procedure
|Provider||Training, experience, specialty|
|Consultation Fee||May or may not be applied towards procedure cost|
|Anesthesia Fee||Training, experience|
|Location||Facility fees vary by region|
|Recovery Expenses||Special equipment, follow ups, etc.|
What is a vaginoplasty?
So, what exactly is a vaginoplasty? A vaginoplasty is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure to tone, tighten, and restore the vaginal muscle and skin for improved appearance and possibly function. Vaginoplasty can reshape the vaginal opening, improve vaginal sensation, improve vaginal tone, and address most soft tissue concerns.
A vaginoplasty is often combined with other vaginal rejuvenation procedures like a labiaplasty (corrects the labia minora and labia majora), clitoral hood reduction (exposes the clitoris), or perineoplasty (restores the perineum or skin between the vagina and anus).
What affects the cost of a vaginoplasty?
Let’s start by saying that everything we cover here is an estimate and consultations with the providers you are considering is always going to create the most accurate cost assessment based on your unique needs. With that PSA behind us, let’s start deep diving the variables from our first table. The following information will help give you a feel for the questions to ask and factors to consider during a cosmetic consultation. Knowledge is power!
- Provider: A more experienced, board certified plastic surgeon or specialized provider usually has higher fees for their skills and so higher consultation fees. Of note, the consultation fee may or may not be applied towards the final cost of the procedure.
- Anesthesiologist: Just like with the cosmetic surgeon, education, training, and experience will affect cost. Vaginoplasty is performed under general anesthesia which requires more expertise and is more expensive than local anesthesia.
- Location: While there is not specific data on vaginoplasty procedures in the 2019 American Society of Plastic Surgeons Report, generally, plastic surgeries tend to occur more frequently on the coasts creating higher overall costs.
- Recovery: Vaginoplasty recovery and side effects will vary by candidate, but recovery may generally include prescriptions, compression garments, follow ups, and time away from work.
What does the cost of a vaginoplasty include?
Ok, so what are you actually paying for when you swipe your card for a vaginoplasty? We are here to help you understand what the price of a vaginoplasty truly includes.
The time the surgeon spends performing the vaginoplasty procedure is typically what gets reported as the ‘average cost’ or ‘surgeon’s fee.’ It’s essentially the hourly rate of your surgeon. It’s helpful to keep in mind your plastic surgeon has overhead costs like rent, payroll, professional insurance, and medical and office supplies plus their personal salary.
Vaginoplasty costs continue to rise as the other variables start to get added in. Medical personnel in the room, (nurses, surgical assistants, and the anesthesiologist), tools and supplies used during your vaginoplasty (needles, bandages, gowns, gloves, etc.), medications given before, during, and after your vaginoplasty (sedatives, painkillers, antibiotics, etc.), and the fee for using the hospital or facility’s procedure or operating room.
One more thing: Don’t forget the personal expenses you will encounter during your vaginoplasty experience. These may include consultation fees from providers you interview, travel costs, pre-surgical care, time off from work, and recovery supplies you personally purchase.
How much does a vaginoplasty cost?
What are the actual numbers? Relax, we’ve got you covered. Inclusive of all of the variables we’ve discussed (minus your personal expenses), a vaginoplasty will cost $4,000 to $20,000. The lower end of that range would most likely reflect a less involved procedure in an outpatient facility. The higher end of the range may indicate a more complex vaginoplasty in a larger practice or facility.
How much does a vaginoplasty cost across the United States?
Location, location, location! Like we said, there is not specific data for a vaginoplasty, but the 2019 ASPS Report shows the majority of plastic surgery procedures take place on the coasts. The table shows average vaginoplasty cost in major cities across the United States.
Average Vaginoplasty Cost by City and State
|New York, NY||$6,000 to $15,000|
|Chicago, IL||$5,000 to $10,000|
|Miami, FL||$5,000 to $10,000|
|Birmingham, AL||$4,500 to $10,000|
|Austin, TX||$5,000 to $10,000|
|Los Angeles, CA||$5,500 to $16,000|
How much does a vaginoplasty cost around the world?
For those considering pursuing a vaginoplasty abroad, the table below looks at average procedure costs around the globe. Don’t forget to consider the cost of traveling abroad, the reputation of the provider and facility, and the miscellaneous extra expenses related to recovery when looking at the cost difference. The table below reflects costs converted to U.S. dollars.
Average Cost of a Vaginoplasty by Country in USD
|Canada||$5,000 to $12,500|
|Mexico||$4,500 to $9,500|
|Colombia||$3,500 to $8,500|
|United Kingdom||$5,000 to $15,500|
|Australia||$5,800 to $12,500|
|Japan||$4,500 to $10,500|
|United Arab Emirates||$4,750 to $10,000|
Does insurance cover the cost of a vaginoplasty?
Will insurance cover my procedure? It’s a common question for those considering plastic surgeries and the answer is an ambiguous maybe. To start to answer this question, let’s look at these definitions from the American Medical Association (AMA):
- Cosmetic Surgery: Procedures for reshaping normal structures for improved appearance and self-esteem.
- Reconstructive Surgery: Procedures performed on abnormal body structures resulting from congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, disease, infection, or tumors.
To summarize: cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance. Reconstructive surgeries might be. Hybrid procedures that are a combination of aesthetic and functional benefits are a maybe that depends on the procedure and candidate.
In the case of a vaginoplasty, it is unlikely to be covered by health insurance. In some instances, however, women may undergo a vaginoplasty to correct vaginal damage from trauma or childbirth. In these instances, insurance may provide coverage. To possibly gain coverage, your medical provider will need to document medical necessity and evidence that alternative therapies have been tried. More specific criteria from the ASPS is available for you to review with a provider during consultation.
A vaginoplasty is a vaginal rejuvenation surgery to alter the vaginal canal, vaginal wall, and appearance of the vagina. This surgical procedure can also address laxity and reduced elasticity in the vaginal tissue. A vaginoplasty may also have some benefits for sexual satisfaction from sexual intercourse and urinary incontinence. We hope this article has given you an idea of what factors to consider when deciding if a vaginoplasty surgery is the right financial investment for you.