Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure to improve the labia majora (outer lips) or labia minora (inner lips) of the vagina. Previously something of a taboo topic, labiaplasty is gaining popularity as more and more women are seeking it out. Women who were born with abnormally large, elongated or misshapen labias, women who have given birth, and older women are among the most common examples of women who are opting for labiaplasty today to improve the appearance of their vaginas.
Not only is the appearance improved through labiaplasty, but for some women, function and sensation may be improved as well. Women who’ve developed varicosities in the labia major after giving birth and women who’s labia majora atrophies after menopause may find themselves experiencing a loss of libido. When the labia extends it can even cover the clitoris and inhibit sensation during sex. These things can sometimes be a tender source of embarrassment for many women in intimate situations.
The procedure itself is fairly quick and painless as it is done under anesthesia and it generally takes about an hour. Afterwards it is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling which will subside in the days to come as your body heals. Pain medicine can be prescribed if necessary and ointments and ice are recommended. Your doctor will give you some restrictions you should follow to ensure a safe and speedy recovery. Final results can be expected at about 6 weeks following procedure day.
All surgical procedures have risks and it’s important to know and understand them. Scarring, bleeding or infection are all very rare risks associates with labiaplasty which are greatly decreased when the procedure is performed by a board certified, experienced plastic surgeon.