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Labiaplasty: What You Need to Know Before Making a Decision

Jan 12th 2024

Labiaplasty, a surgical procedure that reshapes or reduces the size of the labia minora and labia majora, has gained prominence over the years due to the physical and psychological relief it offers many women.

There are a few factors that women may consider undergoing a labiaplasty procedure. Physiological factors like childbirth, aging, or natural asymmetry can result in enlarged or irregular labia, causing discomfort, irritation, or pain during physical activities like exercise or sexual intercourse. Beyond the physical implications, feelings of self-consciousness or dissatisfaction with appearance might prompt some women to seek labiaplasty.

Deciding to pursue labiaplasty or any kind of plastic surgery, requires careful consideration of several factors.

What is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a procedure primarily aimed at reducing the length of the labia minora (the inner tissue surrounding the vagina) so that it does not hang below the labia majora (the outer ‘lips’). However, labia majora reduction surgery or labia majora plastic surgery can also be performed if the outer ‘lips’ are oversized or sagging, causing discomfort.

Why Consider Labiaplasty?

Many women consider labiaplasty for relieving discomfort during sexual intercourse, sports activities, or even when wearing certain types of clothing. Others may pursue this procedure for aesthetic reasons, looking to achieve a look that they feel more comfortable or confident with.

The Procedure and Recovery

Labiaplasty surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia and can be done between one to two hours. The recovery period may vary, but most women can return to regular activities after one week and resume sexual activities after four to six weeks.

Before deciding on labiaplasty, it is crucial to consult with a qualified surgeon who can provide clear, unbiased information about the risks, benefits, and alternatives. It’s important to remember that labiaplasty is a personal decision that should be made with your comfort, confidence, and overall well-being in mind.

Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon About Labiaplasty

When considering labiaplasty, having an open and honest conversation with your plastic surgeon is essential. Here are some questions you might want to ask:

  • What are your credentials and experience in performing labiaplasty? It’s essential to understand the surgeon’s qualifications and experience in the field.
  • How many labiaplasty surgeries have you performed? This can give you an idea of their expertise with the procedure.
  • What technique will you use for my labiaplasty? There are different techniques for labiaplasty, and the surgeon should explain which one they plan to use and why.
  • What can I expect during the recovery period? Understanding the recovery process, including possible discomfort and limitations on activities, can help you prepare.
  • What are the potential risks and complications associated with labiaplasty? All surgeries carry some risk, and it’s important to be aware of these before making your decision.
  • Can you show me some before and after photos of your previous labiaplasty surgeries? Seeing the surgeon’s work can help you have realistic expectations about the outcome of your procedure.

The Benefits of Choosing a Female Plastic Surgeon for Labiaplasty

There are several benefits to choosing a female plastic surgeon for labiaplasty. Many women feel more comfortable discussing intimate health concerns with a female physician, having an open and honest conversation with your surgeon  is critical for a successful surgical outcome.

Secondly, a female surgeon may better understand the physical and emotional aspects of female-specific procedures. They can empathize with the patient’s concerns and expectations, providing reassurance and understanding.

Finally, female surgeons, like Dr. Kitto, can offer a fresh perspective on aesthetic ideals and expectations. They can provide a more balanced perspective on what is aesthetically appealing, which is particularly important in procedures like labiaplasty, where the aim is not only to alleviate physical discomfort but also to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the female genital area.

For more information about labiaplasty or other cosmetic procedures at Kitto Plastic Surgery, call (804) 294-1777 to schedule an appointment, or contact us here

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