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Top 5 Reasons to Consider Labiaplasty

Posted June 28, 2024 in Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty surgery concept with grapefruit between the female legs

As the taboo around labiaplasty surgery decreases, more and more women are choosing to undergo the surgery. In fact, labiaplasty procedures in the United States have increased by nearly 36% over the past three years. This blog explores the top five benefits of labiaplasty surgery and why you might choose to undergo the procedure.

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Labiaplasty has become more accepted over the past ten years, and as the taboo some have established around the procedure decreases, more women are selecting to undergo the surgery. There are several reasons you might choose labiaplasty surgery, ranging from aesthetics to function. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the top reasons women seek labiaplasty procedures and the benefits associated with each.

Reasons Your Labia May Be Enlarged

Like fingerprints, no two labia are exactly the same. Because every woman’s anatomy is unique, some may end up with larger or more unusually shaped labia than others. Some of the factors that affect the size and appearance of your labia include:

  • Age: Just like the skin on the rest of your body, labial tissue stretches over time.
  • Heredity: Some women have naturally long, asymmetrical, or enlarged labia due to genetics.
  • Hormone Changes: Fluctuating hormones due to pregnancy and menopause can affect the shape, size, and even thickness of the skin of your labia.
  • Physical Activity: Some activities that cause consistent or prolonged pressure or friction on the labia can affect the size.

In certain cases, an enlarged labia may not require treatment and can be only a slight annoyance for anyone who dislikes the look of it. But for those women who experience issues like loss of confidence, decreased sexual satisfaction, or actual physical discomfort, labiaplasty can be a life-changing procedure. 

1. Labiaplasty Can Improve Your Confidence

While your labia is part of your anatomy typically only seen by your intimate partners (and medical professionals), feeling self-conscious about its appearance can still affect you. You may not be as adventurous in the bedroom as you might be otherwise or as open with your partner as you’d like. Enlarged or asymmetrical labia certainly affect how your genitals appear but may also affect your hygiene (more on that later). Feeling unsure about how you look or smell during an intimate encounter can have a considerable impact on your confidence. Labiaplasty can change that by both improving the look of your labia and also making it easier to keep clean and fresh.

If you’ve been doubtful about your private parts and want visual details about how a labiaplasty can help, we have many before and after photos in the office to show patients. Of course, due to privacy and the sensitive nature of the procedure, we will never post these photos for public view. 

2. Labiaplasty Can Increase Sexual Satisfaction

Feeling self-conscious about how your labia looks can definitely affect your sex life, but so can the size of the labia themselves. If your labia are enlarged or stretched, they may get in the way of penetration during sex or cause friction, resulting in pain or discomfort. By removing excess tissue around the clitoris, labiaplasty can make sex more comfortable (both physically and psychologically) and even increase your pleasure. 

3. Labiaplasty Can Reduce Pain

If you have an elongated or overly large labia, you might find yourself avoiding certain activities because of the physical discomfort you experience. Riding a bike may pinch or pull the excess tissue, while other active pursuits may cause uncomfortable chafing of the tender skin of your labia. Eliminating extra skin with labiaplasty surgery means you can return to enjoying your favorite exercises and hobbies free from pain.  

4. Labiaplasty Can Contribute to Better Vaginal Hygiene and Health

Speaking of chafing, besides being painful in the moment, chafing on the delicate skin of your labia can affect your feminine health. Repeated friction may leave you with open sores that could get infected. Additionally, excess labia skin means more creases and folds to keep clean and more places for bacteria to hide, causing issues like repeated urinary tract infections. UTIs are hard enough to deal with on their own, but over time, recurring infections may develop into more serious kidney problems. Labiaplasty gets rid of those hiding places for bacteria, saving you from everything from unpleasant odors to chronic feminine health issues. 

5. Labiaplasty Can Allow You to Wear the Clothes You’re Comfortable In

If you have excess labia skin, wearing fitted clothing and swimsuits may be difficult without feeling like you’re on display. Add to this the potential discomfort caused by fabric rubbing on one of the most tender areas of your body, and getting dressed for exercise, a night out, or a pool party can become a frustrating hassle. By shortening the labia to a more “normal” size, labiaplasty allows you to wear what you’re comfortable in every day and for every occasion. 

Learn More About Labiaplasty in Fresno

If any of the above reasons for undergoing labiaplasty sound familiar to you, it may be time to consider choosing labiaplasty surgery. To find out more about the procedure, call the Valley Institute of Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Mark Chin will listen to your concerns and answer your questions, putting you at ease throughout the entire process. Call our office at (559) 435-9646 or complete the online contact form to learn more.