If you’re thinking about labiaplasty, but you’re uncomfortable talking about the procedure, it may help to know that you aren’t alone. Labiaplasty continues to be one of the top trends in plastic surgery, as more women dare to openly talk about their genitalia.
At Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions, we’ve talked with many women considering labiaplasty, answering their questions, listening to their concerns, and helping them decide if they want to have the surgery. Here’s what you should know about labiaplasty along with the top five reasons the procedure has increased in popularity.
What you should know about labiaplasty
Your external genitalia includes two folds of tissue that run alongside the vaginal opening. The labia minora are located between the vaginal opening and the larger outer folds called the labia majora. The labia majora are hair-bearing, and they serve as a physical barrier that protects the labia minora and the sensitive area around your vagina.
Normally, the labia minora are tucked inside the labia majora. However, in some women, their size makes them visible or their length results in the labia minora hanging below the labia majora.
Labiaplasty, or surgery to remove excess tissue, can be done on any of these folds, but most women want it to reduce the size of their labia minora. Here are the top five reasons most women consider labiaplasty.
1. Stop the pain during everyday activities
Although many women don’t like the appearance of a long labia minora, there’s more to the problem than aesthetics. When the labia minora hangs below the outer lips (labia majora), they become a painful problem. The long tissues get twisted in clothing or chafed from normal activities like bike riding. It’s an especially painful problem when a long labia minor gets caught or pulled during intercourse.
2. Feeling confident in clothes
It’s bad enough to feel embarrassed during sex because of your labia minor. It’s even worse when the long tissues create a visible bulge under tight pants like yoga pants. Or just think how you’d feel if you put on your favorite bikini and saw your labia protruding out from the bikini bottom. That’s a confidence breaker that can be fixed with labiaplasty.
3. Restore a younger appearance to your genitalia
If you aren’t old enough to experience aging skin, a long labia minora gives your external genitalia the appearance of loose, old skin. And if you are starting to age, then the skin around your genitalia goes through the same changes as the rest of your body, naturally losing tone and moisture.
A longer or larger than normal labia minora tends to suffer more from aging, as the excess friction against clothing and during activities pulls at the skin, making it lose its shape and tone. A labiaplasty to remove the excess tissue immediately restores a youthful appearance to your genitalia.
4. Prevent urinary tract infections
The excess skin and folds of a larger-than-normal labia minora are the perfect spot for bacteria to thrive. You may also have a hard time cleaning the tissues. As a result, bacteria from your skin and around the anus can easily migrate first to the labia minora, and from there to your urinary tract, where they cause infections. Everyday hygiene becomes more challenging when you have an enlarged labia minora that deflects the urine stream.
5. Restore symmetrical appearance
Sometimes the problem isn’t just a long labia minora. Some women have uneven tissue, so one side of the labia minora is longer or differently shaped than the other. This cosmetic problem has a big impact on women’s self-esteem. Sometimes the effect is so severe that they avoid sex. With today’s labiaplasty procedures, there’s no reason why anyone should suffer because of the appearance of their genitalia.
If you have questions about labiaplasty, call Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions, or schedule an appointment online. We’re here to help.