1. You Don’t Have to Be a Mom to Have Labiaplasty
It’s a common misconception that only women who have given birth can benefit from labiaplasty. Women of any age who are concerned with the appearance or functionality of their labia may be a candidate for the procedure, whether they’ve had children or not. There are even cases where teenage girls may benefit from labiaplasty when the size or shape of their labia may be interfering with everyday activities.
2. It’s Not All about Looks
While labiaplasty can correct aesthetic concerns such as asymmetrical or oversized labia, it can also address more practical issues. Labia reduction may relieve the pain or discomfort some women feel when wearing tight clothing or doing certain activities. If you feel uncomfortable and pinched when you wear yoga pants or swimsuits, labia reduction could help.
3. You Won’t Lose Sensation
Labia reduction will not cause a decrease in sensitivity. In fact, many women experience enhanced sexual pleasure after having labiaplasty. Removing excess labial tissue can result in the clitoris being more exposed, causing a woman to be more sensitive than before. In addition, most women are able to enjoy sexual experiences more when they are not inhibited by self-consciousness about their body. If sexual sensation is a concern, talk to your plastic surgeon about other rejuvenation options like ThermiVa™ that can be done in addition to labiaplasty.
A labiaplasty procedure is customized to meet each woman’s unique needs.
4. You Can Go Back to Work in a Few Days
Most women who have labiaplasty are able to go back to work in around 3 to 4 days. You’ll have some mild swelling and bruising along with a small amount of bleeding. These things should subside after 5 to 7 days, and any discomfort you feel during this time can be managed with medication. Your plastic surgeon can advise you regarding activities such as bicycling or horseback riding.
5. You Won’t Be Able to Have Sex for 6 Weeks
You’ll be asked to refrain from sex for at least 6 weeks after your labiaplasty. Don’t deviate from your plastic surgeon’s instructions regarding post-operative intercourse. Don’t compromise your results or risk an injury by having sex too soon. While it can be difficult to practice abstinence while you wait, great results are worth it. If you’re still feeling sore after the 6-week mark, talk to your plastic surgeon before rushing into sex.
6. There Is No Normal Labia Shape
Each woman’s anatomy is unique, and there’s no standard size or shape for the labia. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your labia, labiaplasty gives you an option for changing it. Don’t have labiaplasty (or any other kind of plastic surgery) to conform to a perceived beauty standard, or to please another person. Do have labiaplasty if it’s what you want. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in vaginal rejuvenation can help you form healthy expectations about the procedure and to decide if labiaplasty is a good choice for you.