The results of a labiaplasty can be very satisfying, giving the patient an improved body image and greater physical comfort.
What is a labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty, also called vaginal rejuvenation or vaginoplasty, is a procedure that can alter the shape, length, and size of the labia. The labia are the fleshy folds of tissue found at the opening of the vagina. There are two sets of labia: majora and minora. (The labia majora are the outer folds, and the labia minora are the inner folds.)
The labia’s existence (anatomical and physiological function) is to help protect the vaginal opening.
After childbirth, after significant weight loss, during hormone treatments, and through the natural progression of aging, the labia tissue can become more lax and thus elongate. A downside of this includes pain from pulling the labia when riding a bike, jogging, or during intercourse. Elongated labia can also cause itching, irritation, and self-consciousness in many patients.
Labiaplasty is the most commonly performed aesthetic genital plastic surgery and it can relieve the above symptoms women commonly experience with lax, asymmetrical, or elongated labia.
The goal of the procedure is to reduce the labia minora so that the tissue doesn’t hang below the hair-bearing labia majora. A labiaplasty may be performed to reduce asymmetry when one is longer than the other, or, more commonly, to reduce the length of both labia so that the labia no longer tug when wearing tight clothing or during intercourse or bulge out of a bathing suit. Labial reductions can also make personal hygiene easier to maintain, as well as help to simplify activities such as urinating and exercising.