While most women elect to undergo plastic surgery to enhance their face, stomach, or breasts, these more easily noticeable areas aren’t the only parts of the body where plastic surgery can make a difference. Many women feel noticeable discomfort due to their labia — which can interfere with sex and other everyday activities. Here is a closer look at why you might want to try a labiaplasty, as well as what you should understand about this procedure.
Why Do Women Get a Labiaplasty?
As with other plastic surgery procedures, many women choose to get a labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons. A prominent inner labia that is more visible can sometimes develop during puberty or after pregnancy. The longer labia may be noticeable when the individual is wearing leggings, a swimsuit, or a thong. This can naturally result in psychological discomfort and distress, which leads to an understandable desire to make a cosmetic improvement.
But physical discomfort can also serve as a major factor in why a woman would choose to get a labiaplasty. Protruding labial tissue can cause significant discomfort during activities like bike riding or horseback riding. The tissue can also get in the way during other physical activities. In such situations, undergoing a procedure can make it easier to get through one’s normal routine.
What is the Procedure Like?
The exact nature of the labiaplasty can vary from person to person. For most women, the procedure will be performed by removing a small strip or wedge of tissue from the lip of the labia. Trimming away the excess tissue allows the inner labia (or labia minora) to be tucked within the outer labia. Skin excision may also be necessary to reduce the length.
Though this may sound invasive, most labiaplasty procedures can be completed in about 45 minutes, with a local anesthetic being enough to prevent any pain. Patients can also be sedated for the procedure if needed.
Recovery is also relatively easy. Though it is recommended that patients avoid intercourse for three weeks following their surgery, they can go home on the day of the procedure. Most patients require between three days and a week off from work to rest and recover, though ice packs (for alleviating pain and soreness) are typically only needed during the first 48 hours after the labiaplasty.
Undergoing a procedure that affects your reproductive regions can be scary — but it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to its relatively minor invasiveness and quick recovery time, you can enjoy improved physical comfort and confidence about this area’s appearance. Don’t be afraid to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine which options will be best for your body.