Many women suffer from labia that are large or unequal. This can cause both functional and cosmetic concerns. Labiaplasty is a procedure that seeks to improve the appearance and decrease discomfort associated with labia that are too large or asymmetric. Labiaplasty is an extremely personal choice. Consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help determine if you are a good candidate for this type of surgery. Here’s what to know about labiaplasty and whether it’s the right option for you and your goals:
Labiaplasty is sometimes called “vaginal rejuvenation.” However, it actually concerns the external part of the female genitals, the inner and outer labia. Labiaplasty is designed to reduce or reshape the labia to improve its aesthetic or reduce uncomfortable symptoms. Labiaplasty can typically be performed in-office with just a local anesthetic.
There are many different reasons for getting a labiaplasty, and each one is unique to every patient. One of the most common reasons is emotional discomfort around having long or large labia, or inner labia that stick out too far beyond the outer labia. Another common reason is physical symptoms that can come with having large labia like difficulty exercising, chafing, infections, or discomfort during sexual activity. Some women undergo labiaplasty because they have problems wearing certain types of
clothing like swimsuits or leggings. And finally, some women get a labiaplasty after giving birth and experiencing changes or tearing.
One of the biggest benefits of labiaplasty is increased confidence in your body. If intimate situations or wearing certain clothing makes you uncomfortable because of your labia, then this surgical procedure can help drastically. Additionally, if you experience symptoms like infections or chafing, labiaplasty can improve your quality of life and reduce health concerns.
This decision is ultimately up to you. It’s important to only pursue a labiaplasty because you’d feel more confident and comfortable with your body after surgery. You should never feel pressured to get a labiaplasty from somebody else. Additionally, if you have health conditions that would prevent you from having a safe and successful surgery, labiaplasty may not be for you. You should have a healthy outlook and realistic expectations about what labiaplasty can achieve – and if you’ve recently undergone pregnancy, you should be fully recovered for at least six months. Finally, labiaplasty will require downtime and recovery (and abstaining from sex for at least six weeks), so if your schedule can’t accommodate surgical recovery, it’s best to wait.
If you’re interested in learning more about labiaplasty and how it can boost your confidence, Dr. Kayastha is a board-certified plastic suregon in Alabany, NY can help. Schedule a consultation at office by calling or filling out our online form.