Human sexuality is tied to how we perceive ourselves. If you are bothered by the appearance or size of your female genitalia or vulva, you may benefit from labiaplasty. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance and size of the area surrounding the vagina, most commonly the labia minora (or inner lips) but also the labia majora or mons area. This procedure can greatly improve physical comfort, enhance sexual experience, and restore your confidence and self-image.
It is common for women to have enlargement of the labia minora so that they protrude significantly beyond the outer covering of the labia majora. This could be due to childbirth, aging or just a natural variation. Symptoms of enlarged labia include chafing during exercise or walking, discomfort when biking or sitting, visibility through a bathing suit or yoga pants, or discomfort during sex. Labiaplasty can correct the disproportion so that the labia minora are shorter than the outer labia major. It can usually be performed under local anesthesia in the office with minimal discomfort. This delicate procedure has helped empower many women to embrace their bodies, strengthen self-esteem, and improve quality of life.
Many women are embarrassed about addressing this area, but Dr. Aycock will try to make the process easy and comfortable for you.
Improve Physical Comfort
If your labia are causing you physical discomfort or chronic irritation, it is time to consider labiaplasty. Resizing and reshaping the labia can eliminate chronic irritation and chafing. This procedure has helped improve quality of life for many women who experienced discomfort or embarrassment when sitting, biking, wearing tight clothing, or participating in sexual activities due to the size and/or shape of their vulva.
Enhance Sexual Experience
Feeling comfortable with your own body makes you feel sexier! If your labia are overly large, protruding, asymmetrical, or irregular, labiaplasty can enhance and refine their appearance. This procedure can create a more balanced, aesthetically pleasing, and youthful look.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for labiaplasty?
Women over the age of 18 who have good physical health and do not smoke may be good candidates for labiaplasty. This procedure is appropriate for women who are interested in correcting the size, shape, and/or protrusion of their labia for cosmetic or practical reasons. Candidates include women who experience pain or discomfort related to the size or shape of their labia, as well as women for whom the appearance of their labia has affected their self-esteem or confidence.
How much scarring should I expect?
In most cases, labiaplasty will not leave prominent or visible scarring. Surgical lines can usually be hidden in natural creases so that they will be unnoticeable. Any scarring along the edges will fade significantly over time.
What are the risks of labiaplasty?
The risk of complications exists with any surgery. Risks associated with labiaplasty include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, nerve damage, problems healing, noticeable or tight scarring, and hypersensitivity. Labiaplasty will not improve sexual experience if problems are due to other causes such as psychological trauma. Dr. Aycock will discuss the benefits and risks of labiaplasty with you before your procedure so that you can determine whether this procedure is right for you.
How long is labiaplasty recovery?
Labiaplasty recovery is better than most patients expect. Most cases can be done in the office under local anesthesia. You may experience some discomfort and minor swelling, but most patients can return to work and light activities within a few days. In most cases, discomfort should subside within 7 to 10 days, and swelling should subside within a few weeks. After about 4 to 6 weeks, regular exercise and sexual activity can resume. Dr. Aycock will be there through every step of your recovery to monitor your condition.
What results can I expect?
If your labiaplasty reduced the size of overly large labia, or minimized overly protruding labia, you can expect improvements to your physical comfort during a variety of activities and while wearing tight or fitted clothing. Adjustments to labia size are also likely to improve comfort during sexual intercourse, making it a more pleasurable experience. Restoring the labia to a more attractive and/or symmetrical appearance can significantly reduce embarrassment during sexual activity and enhance feelings of attractiveness and self-confidence. Labiaplasty results often help women feel more comfortable and confident about their bodies and themselves.
"Each of us has a different ideal and our own individual anatomy. I listen to you and your body to find options for beautiful and natural results. "
- Joyce Aycock, MD