Labiaplasty surgery helps to increase comfort and satisfaction
All women have different opinions on what it means to have a ‘normal’ vagina. If you are concerned that yours is not as it should be or you get embarrassed taking off your underwear, then labiaplasty surgery could be for you.
What is labiaplasty surgery?
Labiaplasty is a vaginal surgical procedure which is used for cosmetic or medical reasons. Its main aim is to reduce or reshape the inner lips (labia minora) of the vagina.
The labia minora varies in size and shape for each woman. Some women have larger or irregular labia minora, which could have been caused by puberty or childbirth. Labiaplasty is used to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the vagina which can increase comfort and satisfaction about the shape and size of the labia.
Why have labiaplasty surgery?
Many women are concerned with how their vagina looks. This can cause a lowering of confidence which can potentially affect the individual’s lifestyle, relationships and sex life. Over the years, there has been a rise in requests for a “designer vagina”.
When the labia minora is uneven or too large, the potential for physical discomfort or irritation is increased. Problems usually occur whilst wearing tight clothes causing discomfort. Patients can also experience pain during sexual intercourse. Labiaplasty surgery can reduce these problems and help ease comfort.
Am I a candidate for labiaplasty?
A patient may be suitable if:
- Your labia minora causes physical discomfort which is uncomfortable and can be amendable by labiaplasty surgery
- You are embarrassed by the appearance of your vagina
- You are physically healthy to undergo surgery
- You understand the potential risks and complications that could come from surgery
- You can comply with all the postoperative instructions
Labiaplasty is a personal procedure which is different for every individual. Dr Sharon Li will access your general health and your suitability for the required surgery to answer any areas of concern.
Other names for a labiaplasty
Many women call labiaplasty surgery, the ‘designer vagina’. Other names include labia reduction, labia minora surgery, vaginal rejuvenation, vagina reduction, vaginoplasty and genital surgery.
A non-surgical alternative to labiaplasty is a procedure called FemiLift which provides optimal results for various feminine conditions.
Processes of life such as hormonal changes and childbirth can cause unwanted urine leakage, dryness or the feeling of looseness (laxity).
FemiLift may tone and rebuild the collagen of the vaginal walls by using breakthrough laser technology. As a result, the functionality of the whole vagina may be improved.
To find out more visit our FemiLift page.
The most common request is to increase personal comfort. Irregular sized inner lips can cause discomfort during sexual intercourse or daily activities such as sports. It also becomes uncomfortable to wear any tight clothing.
It is also used to alter the inner lips for cosmetic reasons to enhance the appearance. Many women do not like how their vagina looks and are concerned that their lips are too big or hang lower than wanted.
This procedure can transform the appearance of the vagina to increase comfort.
The level of pain depends on each individual and the level of treatment they are receiving. The procedure is usually performed under general or local anaesthetic to try minimise the pain during surgery.
With most surgical procedures you might experience pain following surgery but your surgeon will normally supply medication to ease the pain. You may find sitting and moving around slightly uncomfortable.
Labiaplasty surgery is generally safe, but with all procedures there are potential risks and complications. These may include:
- Bleeding, pain or swelling
- Delayed wound healing
- Unusual numbness and changes in sensation
- The potential for more surgery
- Anaesthesia complications and risks
You will need to know how to care for yourself following surgery. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions personal to you and the treatment you have received.
After the majority of surgical procedures, the area will be quite comfortable, especially in the first 24 hours. Usually pain relief medications are prescribed to relieve the pain and to aid the reduction of swelling.
It is highly recommended to spend most of the time resting in the first couple of days after the surgery. Wearing loose fitting clothes that are not restrictive are suggested.
You will find performing normal daily activities hard for the first couple of days, but most women find they can resume to their routine after a week or so.