It’s not uncommon for a woman to feel self-conscious about the appearance of her genitals. For many, asymmetric or enlarged labia can cause a woman to feel social embarrassment, physical discomfort, or even experience hygiene related issues. Whether the result of genetics or extreme physical changes like aging or childbirth, labia related conditions are fairly common, but can become extremely problematic. Surgically correcting the issues with a labiaplasty procedure can help reduce, or even eliminate these health and hygiene concerns.
Labiaplasty (also known as labia minora reduction, and labial reduction) is a surgical procedure performed to alter the appearance of the labia minora (inner labia) and the labia majora (outer labia), which are the folds of skin surrounding the human vulva. A labiaplasty is an option for women who have congenital conditions, or women who are simply unsatisfied with the appearance of their genital area.
What can a labiaplasty accomplish?
A labiaplasty surgery is designed to correct and enhance the size, shape, and overall appearance of the labia. Not only does the procedure improve the appearance of the labia, but it also results in increased comfort during sexual and other physical activities. The corrections made to the labia during this procedure result in a confidence boost, which can improve one’s quality of life.
Who are ideal candidates for labiaplasty?
The most ideal candidates for this surgery are women who are self-conscious of their genital area and/or regularly experience discomfort and irritation caused by clothing and/or physical activity, including sex.
How is the surgery performed?
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure in which the patient is given local anesthesia and a mild sedative. Excess skin and tissue are either removed entirely or re-sculpted to create more aesthetically pleasing labia and permanently cure the discomfort a patient is experiencing.
How long does the surgery typically take?
On average a labiaplasty takes between 1-2 hours to complete. However, your specific surgery may differ based on your goals.
What can I expect after my labiaplasty surgery?
Oftentimes patients experience little pain or discomfort following the labioplasty, but when needed, the patient may be prescribed pain medication during her recovery. Usually patients are able to return to work in three to five days, depending on the level of activity associated with their job. Sexual activity and exercise can typically resume regularly after three weeks.
Additional Labiaplasty Resources
- Labial Reduction: 7 Common Benefits of Labiaplasty
- Labiaplasty Recovery: Timeline + Tips
- 9 Things to Know Before Undergoing Labiaplasty