When thinking about plastic surgery and women, the most popular procedures that come to mind are breast augmentation surgery and tummy tuck surgery. This isn’t surprising, as the breasts represent a woman’s femininity, and having a slim and fit abdomen is the ideal for many women. However, the one procedure women are having but are keeping quiet about is labiaplasty.
Labiaplasty is performed to correct a poor labial appearance by decreasing the size of the labia minora (inner vulvar lips), increasing the youthful fullness of the labia majora (outer vulvar lips), or both. Women can undergo labiaplasty for both cosmetic and functional reasons.
Why are more women undergoing labiaplasty?
It can be embarrassing for a woman if she isn’t confident about how her “down there” looks and functions. The idea of changing the appearance of the vulva may not be a hot topic discussed among women; however, it doesn’t mean it isn’t a prevailing thought they might have. There are many reasons a woman might choose to have labial correction.
Labia Shows Through Clothing
Imagine wearing short shorts or yoga pants and having your vulva exposed and protruding through your garments. It can be mortifying for women with enlarged labia to wear tight clothing only to realize that they’ve shown off more than they intended. Labiaplasty can be performed to reduce the size of the labia minora by removing excess fat and tissue.
Irritation When Exercising
Staying active and fit can be difficult for women suffering from excess labial tissue. The vulva often chafes against clothing during movement. Many women experience discomfort even participating in light workouts, such as walking, due to enlarged labia.
Discomfort During Intercourse
Loose, hanging skin or excess tissue in the vulva can also be an issue for a woman during intimacy with a partner. Many women experience pain and discomfort while engaging in sexual intercourse due to enlarged inner labia or a lack of fullness in the outer labia. Some are embarrassed about the overall appearance of their labia. Often, this can cause them to minimally participate in intimate acts if they don’t avoid them altogether.
Trouble Maintaining Proper Hygiene
When the size or shape of the labia is affecting a person and their ability to maintain proper hygiene, it can lead to vaginal infections and other medical issues. Many women may have trouble keeping their “nether regions” clean when they have excess labial tissue and skin.
Your Labiaplasty Procedure
Whether the size and/or shape of your inner or outer labia are causing you physical or emotional discomfort, Dr. Robert Rey can design a labiaplasty procedure that best fits your body and goals. Depending on the extent of correction and your preferences, your labiaplasty may be performed using one or more of the following methods.
- Trim method: Excess tissue is removed from along the outer edge of the labia minora to reduce its size and create a pink edge.
- Wedge method: A V-shaped wedge is excised from each labial fold, and the remaining tissue is pulled together and closed, maintaining the natural edge of the labia.
- Fat transfer: Fat is removed from the belly or thighs to add fullness and restore the appearance of the labia majora.
For more information on the procedure, here’s everything you need to know about labiaplasty according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
If you are interested in labiaplasty, contact Dr. Robert Rey to schedule your consultation today! Contact us by calling (310) 205-3107 or by filling out our online contact form.