Labiaplasty: Common Questions and Misconceptions

Undergoing labiaplasty has just as much to do with your emotional well-being as it does with your physical health. All too often, women suffer silently from the physical discomfort and psychological distress of enlarged or stretched labial tissue.

Synergy Plastic Surgery’s board-certified plastic surgeons can help you conquer your private insecurities and address your personal concerns with labiaplasty — the most commonly performed “vaginal rejuvenation” procedure.

Labiaplasty provides relief from physical discomfort

Labial hypertrophy, or labial enlargement, can make it look and feel as though the tissue surrounding your vaginal opening is too big or elongated. Women may experience enlarged labial tissue from a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Genetics
  • Vaginal childbirth
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Aging
  • Chronic inflammation from a medical condition

If you’re one of the many women who suffer from serious physical pain and discomfort from labial hypertrophy, it’s common to experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain or discomfort during sex
  • Chronic infections
  • Pain during exercise, such as riding a bike
  • Excessive vaginal itching and irritation
  • Pulling, twisting, or tugging of labial tissue while wearing tight-fitting clothes, such as a bathing suit
  • Difficulties maintaining proper hygiene

Labiaplasty, a surgical procedure that removes extra tissue to reduce the size of your labia, can alleviate these physical symptoms so you’re more comfortable during all your everyday activities. Labiaplasty can also help reduce discomfort or pain you experience during intimacy, potentially improving your overall sexual health and well-being.

Labiaplasty provides relief from psychological discomfort

As much as enlarged labia is a physical problem for women, it can be an emotional issue as well. You may feel embarrassed or insecure about the appearance of your body and therefore avoid intimate situations. It can negatively impact your relationship with a partner or prevent you from seeking a new relationship.

Labial hypertrophy may also make you feel stress or anxiety regarding social situations where you’re wearing a bathing suit and are worried about labial tissue being visible to others. When you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself, it may be difficult to get over feelings of self-consciousness and anxiety, so you’re unable to participate and enjoy life to the fullest.

Labiaplasty can improve overall cosmetic appearance, function, and sexual health as well as give you more self-confidence!

Common Misconceptions about the Labiaplasty Procedure

Labiaplasty involves vaginal surgery: While a labiaplasty can be safely and easily performed in conjunction with other vaginoplasty procedures, this specific procedure involves minimizing the labia minora and the labia majora, which are the inner or outer vaginal lips. The labia is part of the external genitalia, not the internal vagina, which is part of the internal genitalia. 

Labiaplasty will negatively affect my sex life: Contrary to popular belief, a labiaplasty procedure does not affect sex or the ability to orgasm. This is due to the procedure only involving trimming of the excess labia minora tissue in most instances or, in other cases, the labia majora is also de-fatted and trimmed using hidden incisions to become less bulky. Even if a clitoral hood reduction is done (trimming some of the extra folds of skin in the front, over the clitoral hood region), there is no chance of injuring the clitoris, which is a deep constellation of nerves that provides sexual stimulation to women as well as orgasm.

Labiaplasty results are not permanent: Following removal of excess labia minora tissue, the results are permanent and will not need to be redone with age, time, gravity, childbearing, vaginal (or C-section) deliveries, or menopause. Furthermore, there are no age limits for labiaplasty. What is most important is that the patient is fully educated about the risks and benefits of labiaplasty, the potential complications, the possible alternatives, and the expected outcomes of surgery. At Synergy Plastic Surgery, our board certified surgeons ensure this at the time of your complimentary consultation.

A relatively simple procedure for highly satisfying results.

At the time of your complimentary consultation, your surgeon can discuss all details and create your personalized plan of action.

Initial recovery often takes about a week, and after about 4-6 weeks, you can usually resume sexual intercourse and wearing tampons (with surgeons approval). It’s typical to experience long-term relief from the pulling and tugging of labial tissue that was common before your surgery. Sex is less painful or potentially no longer uncomfortable at all.

Women often report feeling more self-confident in the appearance and function of their vagina after undergoing labiaplasty. In fact, research shows that labiaplasty is associated with a patient satisfaction rate of over 90%.

If you have concerns about the size and function of your labia, Synergy Plastic Surgery can answer your questions and help you decide if labiaplasty can make a positive impact on your well-being.

Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation, and take the first step toward a more confident, healthier life!

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