Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure for primarily altering the labia minora or inner lips of the vagina.
Many women with enlarged labia may have no symptoms, pain or discomfort and can live normal lives. For others, enlarged labia can be uncomfortable, often with pain and can lead to frequent vaginal infections. Many women may experience pain with intercourse, as well as discomfort when wearing tight clothing or exercising. Surgical correction is indicated in those women with the above mentioned symptoms or when the labia minora are disproportionately larger than the outer lips of the vagina.
During a labiaplasty operation, a vaginoplasty to tighten the vaginal opening and wall along with liposuctioning of the suprapubic (fatty area above the vagina) area can be done to provide a complete vaginal rejuvenation. A labiaplasty essentially involves surgically reducing the size of the inner labial lips to create a more symmetrical relationship to the rest of the vagina.
According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, most women request and undergo labiaplasty to improve the aesthetic appearance of the labial region with a more symmetrical appearance. However, there are also many women who have a labiaplasty to help them manage pain during physical activities. Women should undergo a labiaplasty for the right reasons. Whether that choice is for medical reasons or for an improvement in aesthetics, it is a choice that should be made by the patient and her surgeon.
At The Plastic Surgery Center and the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, we have been performing labiaplasties along with other vaginal rejuvenation procedures routinely and safely to provide our patients with the best results.