Last updated date: 19-May-2023
Medically Reviewed By
Dr. Anas Walid Shehada
Originally Written in English
You are not alone if you experience pain during sexual activity or other physical activities as a result of an elongated labia minora. Many women have extra skin in their genital region, which can make intimate encounters uncomfortable and painful. When the labia minora are stretched or asymmetrical, a labiaplasty can be performed to shrink the size of the labia minora.
Vaginal rejuvenation is a broad word that covers a wide range of possibilities in this rapidly expanding area of elective healthcare. As more and more women use these treatments more often, there are virtually always new products and procedures available.
Energy devices like lasers, radiofrequency, and ultrasound, to name a few, are frequently used in "vaginal rejuvenation" therapies. The majority of vaginal rejuvenation procedures use energy in one way or another to achieve a variety of results, including tightening the vagina, reducing incontinence, and removing dryness.
The FDA, however, only just issued a statement on these sorts of treatments, saying that some of the producers of these devices weren't completely honest with their clinical claims.
What is a Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is the name for a treatment that shortens the labia minora. The problems that women feel from twisting and tugging of the labia can be relieved by this procedure, which is the most popular cosmetic genital plastic surgery.
There is a wide range in what is "normal" for labia structure and appearance. Labia size and shape are as unique as eye color. However, if a person's labia are very lengthy, the extra tissue may be uncomfortable or interfere with regular function. For instance, a sportsperson with lengthy labia could experience tissue adhering to the leg when exercising. Or, unpleasant labial tissue might make it difficult to sit on a bicycle seat.
A labiaplasty is a surgical operation, which is the fundamental distinction between it and another "vaginal rejuvenation" treatment. The purpose of the labiaplasty treatment is to make the labia minora (female genital inner tissues) smaller so that it is flush with the labia majora (outer part of the female genitalia). Various surgical approaches may be used during this surgery, depending on the circumstances around the patient. With a labiaplasty, no energy devices are necessary, and you and your cosmetic surgeon will decide on the procedure's objectives together.
Sex Benefits of Labiaplasty
Now that you are more familiar with the procedure itself, let's examine the advantages that labiaplasty has provided for millions of women.
1. Increased Confidence
The main problem for most women with big labia is how it impacts their self confidence and self respect. Being intimate with their spouse, wearing tight clothing, or wearing a bikini can be torturous for them because they are self-conscious about how they look "down there." You might feel less self-conscious and anxious after having labiaplasty, which will help you feel more positive about your looks.
2. Comfort in Clothing
When you have oversized labia, wearing a bikini, tight leggings, or even slim-fitting pants can be difficult. A labiaplasty eliminates those issues, whether they are uncomfortable or you are worried about visible lines or bulges, making you feel more at ease emotionally and physically no matter what you choose to wear.
3. Increase Sexual Pleasure
Your self-consciousness and shame about your looks might impact your sexual enjoyment similarly to how your clothes affects you. In addition, many women who have enlarged vaginal lips complain of pain during intercourse as a result of tissue becoming pulled or stuck. Correcting the tissue will stop these problems from happening, boost your sexual confidence, and make sexual activity more comfortable and joyful.
4. Reduce Pain and Discomfort
The inner labia is a sensitive tissue that is readily irritated by tight clothes and sexual activity when it is exposed. Exercise, such as running or cycling, and other regular activities can also be uncomfortable because they twist, chafe, and squeeze the exposed tissue. By removing the extra tissue, a labiaplasty will free you to engage in daily activities.
5. Improved Hygiene and Health
Additionally, extra tissue might promote the growth of microorganisms, complicating cleanliness. Large inner labia can increase a woman's chance of developing uncomfortable and perhaps fatal urinary tract infections. A labiaplasty can lower your risk of developing UTIs and other health issues.
6. Can Be Part of a Mommy Makeover
Pregnancy and delivery, which can have negative consequences on a number of body parts, are the most prevalent causes of enlarged or "sagging" labia. A mommy makeover is a series of specialized cosmetic treatments that enable you to return your pre-baby physique, including a stomach tuck to remove the muffin top, a breast lift to correct drooping from breastfeeding, and even a labiaplasty to restore the vaginal region.
Reasons for a Labiaplasty
Women's enlarged labia can occur for a variety of causes, including childbearing, age, sexual activity, and heredity. Females choose for surgery for a variety of reasons. First, choosing a labiaplasty has a number of functional advantages. Many ladies with larger labia find it challenging to exercise, maintain good cleanliness, avoid UTIs infections, engage in sexual activity, and engage in other physical activity.
Additionally, an enlarged labium might make it difficult to wear clothing like yoga trousers, gym pants, and bathing suits, which are becoming more and more popular. However, the majority of female patients report feeling very embarrassed while developing romantic relationships with their partners. Females take into account these factors and others while deciding whether to get a labiaplasty.
How can I prepare for my Libiaplasty procedure?
You will have a clear plan of action for how to get ready for surgery after your initial consultation with experienced surgeon. They may consist of:
- Reducing or eliminating alcoholic beverages and smoking
- Discontinuing or altering the dosage of certain medications or supplements
- Packing a bag with a loose, comfortable outfit for after your surgery
- Filling out any paperwork you need to bring back to our clinic
- Staying healthy and hydrated
Before any operation, it's crucial to get all of your questions addressed. Before choosing to get labiaplasty, you should be well-informed because it is a highly personal decision.
Labiaplasty was initially only performed once, and it was also very well-liked. Several approaches have emerged with the passage of time and technical development. Here are a few of them:
It is the original approach and the easiest to do. Additionally, surgeons use it the most frequently. In this procedure, the excess labia minora tissue is cut out and sutured in place to make the labia minora symmetrical with the labia majora.
In this operation, the labia minora's thickest region has a half thickness wedge excised from it. By merely eliminating a portion of its thickness, the submucosa (layer tissue underlying a mucous membrane) must remain intact. By retaining the wrinkly margins, this method offers the vagina a natural appearance following the operation as well.
There are other additional methods for shrinking the labia minora, and each of these methods has benefits and drawbacks. Make sure you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in labiaplasty if you're thinking about getting one to assure the best results.
Anesthesia for a labiaplasty
An outpatient procedure is a labiaplasty. The technique, whether carried out alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery, may be finished in an hour. Depending on the treatment strategy established with your plastic surgeon, it may be carried out under local or general anesthesia.
Recovering from a Labiaplasty
Female genitalia are extremely delicate and should always be properly cared for. Therefore, there are some post-operative recommendations you need to be aware of before undergoing a treatment like a labiaplasty.
The majority of patients require a week off work, but during that time they can lessen pain and swelling by icing with a cold pack tucked between their underwear and an elastic garment like Spanx. Twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off can be used to do this. To lessen swelling, the patient can also lie with her bottom raised.
After four to six weeks, patients can resume using tampons or having sex. Generally speaking, a trim labiaplasty provides for a speedier recovery. Although the most obtrusive swelling is gone within six weeks, lingering swelling may take up to six months to go away.
Avoid taking lengthy showers and always pat the wound dry after washing it. To lessen any post-procedure discomfort and inflammation, the surgeon's prescription antibiotics should be taken. Bicycle riding, jogging, and other strenuous activities must be avoided until your plastic surgeon has given you the all-clear. Returning to activities too soon can put pressure on the wound and unnecessarily prolong the healing time. As they cause friction against the wound, tight clothing and undergarments should not be worn. Additionally, you must abstain from sexual activity for at least four weeks.
What are the Results of a Labiaplasty?
Some women worry that they would lose feeling following surgery, yet this is frequently the exact reverse. Loss of feeling and complications after labiaplasty are uncommon.
In fact, many women who have stretched labia minora say they feel uncomfortable while engaging in sexual activity, working out, and other activities. Getting rid of the labia minora also makes painful pulling and tugging less likely. After surgery, sexual activities frequently feel more enjoyable. You can boost your confidence both inside and outside of the bedroom by reducing insecurities.
How much Does a Labiaplasty Cost?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons' most current figures show that the average cost of a labiaplasty is 3,053$. Anesthesia, operating room equipment, and other related costs are not included in this average cost, which represents only a portion of the whole cost. For information on your final cost, please contact the office of your plastic surgeon.
What are the Risks of a Labiaplasty?
The risks of labiaplasty are similar to those of the majority of surgical operations, such as bleeding, hematoma, and infection. Over-resection is the most frequent problem. A severe reduction may be what some women want, but it can lead to persistent dryness, scarring at or near the vaginal entrance, and discomfort during sexual activity. A wedge surgery increases the risk of healing issues, particularly if the patient is exposed to chemicals that induce blood vessels to constrict.
1. Will my insurance cover the surgery?
Labiaplasty cost covered by insurance is not very common. However, it is definitely worth looking into.
2. How much is Labiaplasty Surgery?
Surgery for labiaplasty is a very individualized process. To help our patients get the best results possible, several strategies will be employed. The price will vary depending on these variations for each lady. To learn more about the price of the procedure,
3. What is Female Reconstructive Surgery?
Female reconstructive surgery is a term used for surgical and non-surgical procedures to mend the pelvic floor and any disorders.
4. What happens during a Labiaplasty?
The outer genitalia's extra tissue is removed during a labiaplasty. The reduction makes the labia (or labias) look orderly and symmetrical. Dissolvable sutures that will dissolve between weeks three and four will be used to join the trimmed tissue. Labiaplasties are being done increasingly often for comfort, cosmetics, or a combination of the two.
5. What is vaginal Reconstruction?
Vaginal reconstruction refers to either surgical or non-surgical procedures to correct and improve the function of the vagina.
6. How long does Labiaplasty take?
The majority of labiaplasty surgeries are finished in an hour or less. Prior to the treatment starting, you will need to prepare and come a few minutes early. One to two hours should be allotted for your appointment.
Since the procedure is an outpatient one, you are able to drive yourself home the same day. You might need a passenger to drive if you came to see us from somewhere other than the Provo region.
7. When Can I Get Back to Exercising After Labiaplasty?
Depending on how much pain you may or may not still be experiencing, this is a personal choice. Regardless, you must begin with short walks and other gentle exercise during the second week following surgery. Running and other activities with a lot of impact must wait an additional two weeks. After four to five weeks, you may pretty much start whatever workout you choose again.
To reduce the size and appearance of the labia minora, or inner vaginal lips, labiaplasty is done. The labia majora, or outer vaginal lips, can also be reshaped concurrently but patients tend to be less interested in this procedure.
Medically Reviewed By
Dr. Anas Walid Shehada