Labiaplasty is one of the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures, making it a popular choice among many women looking to improve their self-confidence and quality of life. But you might still have questions about what labiaplasty is or whether or not this procedure might be the right fit for you. If this is the case for you, consider these top three reasons why so many women get labiaplasty.
Your Labia Are Making You Uncomfortable
No, we’re not talking about the type of uncomfortable that your eccentric aunt makes you feel at Christmas dinner. If you ever feel discomfort “down there” when wearing tight-fitting clothing like yoga pants or a bathing suit, or when doing certain exercises like riding a bike, you might be a good candidate for labiaplasty.
Through labiaplasty, a skilled plastic surgeon can trim away excess tissue that might be getting caught or pulled under tight clothes or when exercising. Labiaplasty can address both the labia minora (inner vaginal lips) and labia majora (outer vaginal lips), so talk with a top female plastic surgeon about your goals to help you decide which options could be right for you.
You’re Self-Conscious of the Way Your Labia Look
This is the most intimate area of your body, so it’s not uncommon for women to feel a little self-conscious about the way their labia look. It is important to remember that every woman is unique and there is no “right” or “wrong” labia size or shape. That said, if you feel that you would be happier and more comfortable with smaller or more symmetrical vaginal lips, an experienced labiaplasty plastic surgeon can help.
Just be sure that you’re able to maintain realistic expectations throughout this process. Labiaplasty and other cosmetic gynecology treatments aren’t supposed to completely change the way you look. Rather, they should help you look and feel like a happier and more confident version of yourself.
You’d Like to Boost Your Love Life
Another common reason why many women choose to get labiaplasty is to improve their intimate relationships. Enlarged labia could cause pain or discomfort during sex, or might get in the way of your enjoyment. In either case, removing excess skin through labiaplasty may be able to help give your love life the boost you’ve been looking for.
Often, improved self-confidence is an added bonus of labiaplasty when it comes to boosting your intimate relationships.
Alternatively, if you’re not so concerned with the way your labia look or feel, but are still having problems fully enjoying intercourse, a nonsurgical treatment like Viveve® or the O Spot Shot might be appropriate solutions.
Viveve® uses innovative cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency (CMRF) waves to gently heat the underlying layers of tissue in your vaginal area without harming the surface of your skin. This process stimulates your body’s production of collagen, creating a natural tightening and toning effect.
The O Spot Shot is a nonsurgical treatment option to help improve sexual arousal and satisfaction. This treatment uses PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, to stimulate growth factors in order to increase sensitivity in this area and even help to increase vaginal strength and tightness.
If you want to reap the benefits of labiaplasty but are also interested in these nonsurgical treatment options, talk to your plastic surgeon about the possibility of including them in your long-term treatment plan for even more enhanced results.
Dr. Jennifer Harrington is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. Harrington Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive techniques performed by a highly specialized all-female team of board-certified plastic surgeons and professional staff.