Are you one of the women that has cosmetic concerns or functional problems and with your vagina? Discussing this intimate and very personal issue can be difficult and many women are unaware that labiaplasty surgery could be a solution to their concerns.
What is Labiaplasty Surgery?
In simple terms, labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery that alters the size and shape of the inner vaginal lips (labia minora), and occasionally the outer vaginal lips (labia majora). The majority of women undergo the procedure to address concerns about the size and shape of their labia minora. Some women, when the labia minora is bigger than the labia majora, suffer soreness and irritation when engaging in certain physical activities, like cycling or horse riding, and can suffer pain and discomfort when engaging in sexual activity. The issue can cause a loss of sexual confidence and body image anxiety when wearing tight fitting clothing.
What Is the Cause?
The labia minora, labia majora, and vulva change naturally over the course of a woman’s life and factors such as childbirth, stretching and genetics contribute to the size and shape. While everybody’s genitals look different, some women have cosmetic concerns that their genitalia are abnormal looking, causing emotional distress and hindering confidence in sexual relationships. The most frequently performed labiaplasty procedures are to alter the labia minora but surgery can also be performed on the labia majora if the patient feels it is to large, uneven or wrinkly.
How Does Labiaplasty Work?
Labiaplasty is usually performed to surgically reduce the size of the labia minora (inner vaginal lips) so it is the same length, or smaller, than the labia majora (outer vaginal lips). Sometimes darker parts of the labia minora are also removed to achieve a more youthful aesthetic.
Lasers are typically used to perform precise incisions during labiaplasty procedures but Iris scissors can also be used, some professionals believe it results in a more natural aesthetic of the labia after surgery. When the procedure is performed by an experienced professional there is very little visible scarring post surgery.
There are two methods for altering the size of the labia minora and achieving the desired alterations.
Labiaplasty: The Trim
This method is more frequently used and involves trimming away the unwanted part of the inner lips before using dissolvable sutures to stitch the incision. The stitches dissolve within a few weeks and allow the vaginal tissue to heal naturally.
Labiaplasty: The Wedge
The other method, the wedge technique, reduces the size of the labia minora by cutting out the unwanted tissue in a ‘V’ shaped wedge. The edges are sewn back together with dissolvable stitches and form a straight line, with no stitches or scars on the edge of the labia minora. This technique is preferred by some surgeons as it can maintain a more ‘normal’ appearance of the labia and reduce the risk of increased sensitivity along the edge of the labia minora.
You can return to work and everyday activities 1 to 2 weeks after undergoing labiaplasty surgery, sexual activity should be avoided for 6 to 8 weeks.