Labiaplasty keeps getting more and more popular. Recent statistics show a 39 percent increase in the procedure from 2015 to 2016 alone. Labiaplasty can help women with issues of a cosmetic nature, as well as with functional and sexual ones. Like most other cosmetic procedures, labiaplasty comes with its fair share of plastic surgery myths. Do your research, and get your information from credible resources so you don’t fall for any of them.
Why Women Are Having Labiaplasty
Until recently, most women were not even aware that options existed for certain feminine issues. An empowered population, along with incredible advancements in cosmetic gynecology, has opened up a world of possibilities to correct a number of issues:
- Physical discomfort wearing tight clothing
- Self-consciousness when exposed or wearing form-fitting bottoms
- Pain or pinching during certain activities, including sexual intercourse
- Hygiene issues
- Dissatisfaction with the appearance of the labia
What Exactly Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a procedure during which the vaginal lips are reduced in size through surgical means. There are a few types of labiaplasty available to women today:
- Labia Minora Reduction: The labia minora are the inner vaginal lips. For some women, elongated labia minora can create cosmetic and functional issues. Protruding labia minora can become pinched during physical activity, when wearing some types of clothing and even during sex. Using a delicate technique, your plastic surgeon can trim the labia minora to relieve physical problems as well as cosmetic concerns.
- Labia Majora Reduction: The labia majora, or the outer vaginal lips, can also cause concern for a woman when they are excessively large or asymmetrical. Enlarged labia majora can create physical discomfort, and can even cause a woman to feel less feminine when wearing tight clothes. During labia majora reduction, the labia are trimmed and reshaped for a more delicate and balanced look.
- Trim-V Labiaplasty: When the labia minora are trimmed, they may end up looking out of proportion to the clitoral hood. What’s more, the transition from the labia to the hood may not always be as streamlined and delicate as one would hope. These issues drove Dr. Jennifer Harrington, noted among the best female plastic surgeons in the nation for labiaplasty, to develop her own technique based on her intricate understanding of vaginal and clitoral anatomy. Available only from Dr. Harrington’s Minneapolis practice, Trim-V labiaplasty provides a more comprehensive result and a more graceful aesthetic by combining labia minora reduction with clitoral hood reduction.
Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon for Your Labiaplasty
The important thing to remember if you are considering labiaplasty or other any other intimate female procedure is to take your time in finding the right plastic surgeon. It’s advisable to select a female plastic surgeon for your labiaplasty. Many women feel that working with a female fosters a more comfortable and supportive relationship. In addition, a female doctor will have a firsthand understanding of women’s intimate issues and the consequences they can have in the different areas of her life.
There’s a lot to learn about labiaplasty, and some compelling reasons for its rapid rise in popularity.
Some other things you should look for when researching plastic surgeons are current board certification, positive reviews and ratings from past clients, and a good amount of experience in the field of cosmetic gynecology. When you find a plastic surgeon who seems like a good fit, book an in-person consultation to help you decide whether you’re ready to take the next step. At your consultation, you’ll find out whether you are a good candidate for labiaplasty. Just as importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to decide if a plastic surgeon is the person you want to trust to do yours.
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.