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Posted By Admin - Blog Contributor on 11/30/2017 in Sexual Health

Labiaplasty: A Woman’s Guide

Labiaplasty: A Woman’s Guide

For a woman, there are any number of things that can affect her self-confidence if she allows it. What often makes it worse is if a woman is unsure if her concerns are “normal” or if she’s alone in her struggle. That can certainly be the case when discussing issues involving sex or sex-related body issues.

Many women are plagued by what may seem to most as an inconsequential issue – elongated or asymmetrical labia.

The labia are similar to sets of “lips” and are part of the external female genitalia. The labia majora are the outer lips that are hair-covered. The labia minora are the smaller set that sit inside the larger ones.

Labiaplasty can be performed on either set, though usually it is the labia minora that are most common cause for concern. The labia of the same set can be of two different sizes and be a source of annoyance or embarrassment for a woman.

Usually, the issue is that the labia minora hang outside of the labia majora. Not only can the labia become twisted, which causes pain, but they can be a source of itching and irritation particularly during exercise or when wearing tighter clothing. In addition, they can be a matter of embarrassment and make a woman to feel abnormal. These feelings often lead to issues with self-confidence, particularly in the bedroom.

How does this happen?

There are two primary ways labia issues like we are discussing can occur. The first is congenital. This means a woman is born with the issue. It is recommended in these cases that a woman reach physical maturity before surgically addressing the issue unless there is serious cause to have it performed sooner.

The second way labia issues occur is called acquired. Normal bodily functions like pregnancy and aging can cause the labia to sag and stretch.

In either case, the concerns can be addressed with surgical intervention.

How does the procedure work?

The procedure to reduce or “even out” the labia is fairly simple. The entire process takes about an hour. The surgeon will reduce the labia so that they are smaller and even and no longer extend past the outer labia. The procedure is same-day so you will be able to go home after the anesthesia has worn off and the doctor gives his okay.

The procedure can be performed under “twilight” or general anesthesia and most women report only a fair amount of discomfort immediately following the procedure.

Most can return to work in a week or less and can resume sexual relations in about 4-6 weeks. Loss of sensation should not be a problem and there should be no long-term ill effects.

Women should take care when selecting a surgeon to perform the procedure. Choose a physician who is experienced in this particular type of surgery. Inexperienced surgeons can resect too much of the labia tissue which can result in scarring and lifetime issues with dryness not to mention the psychological issues that can result from being subjected to a poorly handled surgery.

The procedure for reducing the outer layer is even simpler and uses liposuction to reduce the size of the labia. Women who undergo this procedure report little to no discomfort and can usually resume normal activities fairly quickly.

Projected Outcomes

Statistics have shown that women who have opted to have labiaplasty performed report very high satisfaction rates with the surgery. The results show not only favorable outcomes with regard to physical aspects but also the mental benefits as well. Women report feelings of increased self-confidence and better body image outlooks as well as increased satisfaction with their sex lives.

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