The female genitalia comes in different shapes, sizes, and colors, each unique to every woman. Some women find themselves unhappy with the appearance of their labia, or they experience discomfort in tight clothing or embarrassment in a swimsuit. But how do you know when a labiaplasty is needed?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure done to change the appearance, shape, or size of the labia, correcting any functional concerns and creating an aesthetically pleasing look.
Here are five reasons why women choose to receive labiaplasty.
The labia is causing discomfort
The flaps of skin on each side of the opening of the vagina called the labia, hang differently for each woman. Some are longer, shorter, or asymmetrical. There is no “normal” when it comes to the look of the labia.
However, larger or longer labia, or sometimes uneven labia, can cause discomfort or pain. The labia may be catching on clothing, causing sex to be painful, preventing exercise or comfortable sitting. In this case, labial reconstruction surgery, or labiaplasty, may be recommended to shorten or even out the labia.
You feel unhappy with the appearance of your genitals
For some women, a labiaplasty is a desired cosmetic procedure because they are unhappy with how the labia look. The labia may bulge in a way that they don’t find desirable while wearing yoga pants or a swimsuit. Or, the labia may be visibly enlarged or distorted-looking, but not causing any medical problems or pain. Instead, the issue is that the labia are affecting the woman’s self-esteem or confidence, making them worried about their appearance, sex and relationships.
Labiaplasty may be done solely as a cosmetic procedure to create a look that is more desirable and attractive according to an individual woman’s aesthetic preferences and needs. This can help restore sexual and personal confidence.
Your labia was damaged during childbirth
Women can experience tearing, stretching, and scarring due to childbirth. Depending on the level of trauma, a woman’s labia may look different after the healing process. This can cause women to feel unhappy with their appearance and can cause them to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable about the way it looks. This can cause hesitancy and confidence issues about having sex. A labiaplasty can be done to reconstruct and restore the original appearance of the labia, giving the woman her confidence back.
Your labia has changed with age
As we age, the skin tone and elasticity lessens and weakens. This is seen on the face, neck, and other areas of the body. For some women, age also affects the labia, which begins to sag and lose its tone and elasticity. Often, the labia increases in size as well.
To repair and restore the labia back to its former, youthful look, older women may choose to undergo a labiaplasty.
Is labiaplasty right for me?
This surgical procedure is not for everyone, and the decision to have it done is a very personal one. For many women, the procedure is life-changing, restoring confidence, self-esteem, and comfort.
Wirth Plastic Surgery
This part of the female body is not often discussed, but it is often an area of concern for women. It is more common than one might think for women to feel discomfort with the appearance or function of their genitals.
At Wirth Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, we understand how difficult this can be, and our team does everything we can to help guide you through the process of labiaplasty, from the initial understanding of the procedure to a full recovery.