What is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a genital cosmetic surgery which done to reduce the size of the labia minora (inner labia, which is lips flanking the vaginal opening).  The folds of skin present on the surface of the vagina can now be altered, thanks to the enormous inventions in the field of medical cosmetic industry. Expanded or big labia can cause a high range of discomfort, especially during strenuous physical activities like workout or sexual intercourse. Since large labia can also look unaesthetic as a part of woman's look, it can also cause social embarrassment. Therefore, by undergoing Labiaplasty, women can retain their long-lost self-esteem and confidence.

Eligibility for Labiaplasty

You can be considered eligible for Labiaplasty is you are facing one or more of the following conditions:
•    You are unhappy with the appearance of your labia
•    Your enhanced labia is a source of embarrassment and a problem during sexual intercourse.
•    Your desire vaginal beautification in order to please your sexual partner.
•    You want to get back your self-confidence. 
•    You suffer from chronic irritation and pain when you wear tight pants
•    You have good overall health and have realistic expectations from Labiaplasty.
However, women going through some other hormonal changes may not be advised to get Labiaplasty.

Labiaplasty Surgery Procedure

The Labiaplasty surgery is generally an outpatient procedure. After an initial consultation about your problem, your expectations from Labiaplasty and how well they can be met, the doctor may book an appointment for the Labiaplasty surgery. On the day of surgery, the doctor injects local anaesthesia to ensure a painless procedure. Once the anaesthesia has kicked in the doctor considers it safe to go ahead with the surgery. The doctor cuts the large or uneven vaginal lips and then trims them using equipment like scalpel, specialized scissors, or a laser. Some women also opt for another genital cosmetic procedure called hoodectomy (clitoral hood reduction) at the same time, which is done to expose the clitoris more towards the outside so as to achieve increased stimulation during sexual intercourse. The doctor makes an incision at a specific point but that depends on several factors such as the texture, size, and contours of the labia. Once the doctor finishes with the Labiaplasty and makes sure the patient's expectations from the surgery have been met, the doctor closes the incision using dissolvable sutures.

Labiaplasty Side Effects

Labiaplasty side effects are very minor and sometimes may not even occur. However, since every surgery may have its own et of risks and complications, some side effects may follow. These include:
•    Pain at the time of intercourse
•    Infection 
•    Chronic dryness.
•    Scarring near the vaginal opening
•    Little bleeding

Labiaplasty Recovery

Women who have had Labiaplasty are advised to begin with activities like sexual intercourse and also wearing tampons only after minimum 6 months of the surgery when the vaginal swelling has subsided. You must keep the vaginal area clean and dry so that no infection occurs.