A Common Place Surgery to Enhance Labia
Learn More About Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is also termed labial reduction or labial rejuvenation and is a simple cosmetic procedure to reduce or enhance the size of the inner labia or to improve the overall appearance of the labia. Although it is normal to have asymmetrical labia and most women do have one labia that is larger than the other, some women have over sized labia that interfere with or impede their daily activities. Other women may consider labiaplasty to enhance the overall appearance of the labia, including adding volume to the labia.
Recent advancement in plastic surgery and societal recognition of labial irregularities has made labial surgical interventions on of the fastest growing plastic surgeries in the United States. 2016 data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) demonstrates a 30% increase in labiaplasty 2006.
The techniques that are currently used to perform labiaplasty are much less invasive and provide superior appearance post-surgery than in previous years. Many women who choose to have a labiaplasty will combine the surgery with other additional plastic surgery procedures.
Women who are considering a labiaplasty to correct oversized labia or to enhance the overall appearance of their labia may experience the following challenges:
- Decrease in labia volume, thin labia or wrinkled labia. Due to age or weight loss, some women experience desiccated labia.
- Pain or discomfort when exercising. Women with oversized labia often report pain or discomfort when exercising. This is primarily due to the chafing, rubbing or pinching of the labia during exercise or physical activity including riding a bicycle, riding a horse, and swimming.
- Pinching or pulling of the labia during sex may cause pain or discomfort.
- An inability to wear certain clothing including dresses, skirts and some pants (jeans).
- Interfere with sexual relationships. Some women report the size or appearance of their labia are unsightly and negatively affect the intimacy and relationships with their sexual partner.
- Hygiene. Women with oversized labia struggle with maintaining labial and vaginal hygiene and cleanliness.
Is Labiaplasty Right For You?
A common place surgery
The ideal candidate for labiaplasty, labial reduction, or labial rejuvenation:
- Women who feel their labia is too large, too long, too thin or asymmetric in shape.
- Women who have discomfort during sexual relations with their partner and anxiety about their labia appearance
- Women who have irritation, or pain during exercise and physical activities.
- Individuals without co-morbidities or other factors that may impede healing post- surgery.
- Individuals who do not smoke.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Advantages & Disadvantages
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The sutures used in the procedure are dissolvable. Healing can take up to 6 weeks. During this time you must maintain hygienic routines as instructed by your surgeon. Your surgeon may instruct you to avoid tight fitting clothing on your lower body for a few weeks. Your surgeon may also prescribe an antibiotic cream to be applied on the incision. You will also need to abstain from sex for two months. Your surgeon will give you a physical activity schedule for your recovery.
Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. As the body recuperates, the patient can expect some swelling, and discomfort. Medication can be prescribed to relieve any pain caused by the procedure. Your surgeon will give you instructions for follow- up appointments as necessary.
- Enhanced overall appearance of the labia and vagina.
- Improved self-confidence and body image.
- Relief from pain and discomfort during sex and exercise.
- Able to wear clothing as desired.
- Heightened intimacy and relationships.