Labiaplasty is a cosmetic genital surgical procedure that will reduce the size or change the shape of the small lips on the outside of the vagina (the labia minora).
Many women are born with large or irregular labia. Others develop this condition after childbirth or with aging. The appearance of the enlarged labia can cause embarrassment with a sexual partner or loss of self esteem. Some women just want to look “prettier” like the women they see in magazines or in films. Chronic labial irritation can sometimes develop in women who wear tight clothing. Discomfort can occur with sex, sports or other physical activities.
Labiaplasty surgery can greatly enhance the cosmetic appearance of the outer vagina, giving many women greater confidence and self-esteem. Women whose labia become irritated and painful will often find relief after surgery.
Why do women want to have a Labiaplasty?
The two main reasons are discomfort and esthetics. Many women feel uncomfortable or irritated when wearing tight clothing, having sexual relations, or exercising. Other women just want to look “prettier”. With the increased availability and acceptance of sexually explicit materials in our society, this is becoming more common. Often these women feel embarrassed or self-conscious in front of their partners.
Cosmetic Reasons: Women who are unhappy or embarrassed with the way their labia look. Often this affects sexual relationships and self-esteem. Some women just want to look as beautiful as they can for themselves and their partner. With the increasing openness of society to sexuality and greater exposure to sexually explicit materials, labiaplasty is becoming increasingly popular.
Medical Reasons: Women who have discomfort from enlarged labia. This can come from exercise, sexual activity or from wearing tight clothes.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
The Labiaplasty procedure only takes about 1-2 hours. You will have discomfort at the surgical site for the first few days which will then decrease. Full healing takes approximately six weeks. All sutures used are absorbable and therefore do not need to be removed.
Most patients return to work in two to four days after surgery. We recommend avoiding strenuous exercise for at least four weeks and possibly longer. Sexual activity usual can resume six to eight weeks after the Labiaplasty surgical procedure. For the vast majority of women the clitoris is the structure associated with sensory pleasure, not the labia, as such you should not notice any loss of pleasurable sensation after surgery. Many women find sexual activity more pleasurable because the Labia are no longer irritated during intercourse.
Contact our Nashville, TN office at 615-321-1010 to schedule a consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sieveking.