There are few procedures in modern plastic surgery quite so controversial as labiaplasty. But at least some of that controversy is caused because of the myths and untruths that pop up around this vaginal rejuvenation procedure. That’s why we’re busting 5 myths about labiaplasty—so you can be sure you’re making decisions based on the very best information.
Busting Five Myths About Labiaplasty Procedures
Labiaplasty is, of course, an incredibly personal plastic surgery procedure—more so than many other procedures that surgeons typically perform. We try to be as sensitive as possible when discussing labiaplasty without unduly singling it out or obfuscating information.
Suffice it to say, if you have questions about labiaplasty and your own body, the best place to find an answer is going to be from your plastic surgeon. Indeed, many women actually prefer to discuss labiaplasty with female plastic surgeons instead of male plastic surgeons—for various reasons. Ultimately, a conversation with a surgeon is also a great way to bust some myths.
Myth #1: Labiaplasty Patients Want a “Designer Vagina”
For those who don’t know, labiaplasty is often derided as “designer vaginal surgery,” or something along those lines. But the procedure is, more accurately, designed to remove excess skin from around the labia. This has a couple of effects:
- The vaginal area does indeed tend to look more youthful
- The smaller labia causes significantly less discomfort
- Clothing tends to fit a little bit better
Essentially, women who undergo labiaplasty are not necessarily looking for a “designer vagina,” they simply want a little more comfort. That comfort comes in both emotional and physical forms, and they’re both important.
Myth #2: Labiaplasty is Only Popular Because of Pornography
The other popular labiaplasty myth that shows up most often is that this particular procedure owes its popularity to the prevalence of pornography in today’s popular culture. There’s little scientific evidence to support this, of course—it seems mostly to be the musings of columnists and bloggers.
And I see the logic behind it. But I’m not sure I agree with the assessment. Again, most women who want a labiaplasty describe their motivations in terms of comfort and self-confidence. It’s true that there might be an aesthetic element to the procedure as well—but in that way, labiaplasty is like almost every other plastic surgery procedure on the market today. Ultimately, it has basically nothing to do with pornography.
Myth #3: Labiaplasty Patients Want Better Sex
Closely related to the pornography myth (sort of) is the notion that women simply want labiaplasty in order to have better sex—or a better sexual experience. This myth, too, mischaracterizes the reasons that most women undergo any type of vaginal rejuvenation.
However, it is worth noting that many women who do undergo labiaplasty report greater sexual satisfaction once the procedure is over (and recovery is complete). That’s largely because removal of excess skin can increase sensitivity and, thus, the positivity of the experience. However, this is not often the primary motivation for the procedure.
Myth #4: Labiaplasty is Linked to Social Media
You’ll notice, perhaps, that many labiaplasty myths boil down to trying to discern the motivations of patients who have undergone the procedure. That doesn’t really happen for procedures such as facelifts or tummy tucks. There’s certainly some underlying sexism when it comes to examining the motives of labiaplasty patients.
That certainly carries over into the myth that labiaplasty is somehow encouraged by social media. The notion is that social media leads patients to feel that they need to look better—in all aspects. While the envy and pressure that social media creates are well documented, there’s not quite as much evidence that labiaplasty is somehow more susceptible to this.
Indeed, the most common motivations for getting labiaplasty are to improve:
- Comfort when working out or engaged in athletic activity
- Overall comfort
Myth #5: Labiaplasty Leads to Loss of Feeling
Our final myth has more to do with how one responds to labiaplasty. Some patients are concerned that labiaplasty will automatically lead to numbness or loss of feeling in the area of the surgery. Outside of some very rare complications, this is not the case. Indeed, the removal of excess skin from around the clitoral hood could actually lead to increased sensitivity and feeling.
Controversial Procedure Due to Myths
When you view labiaplasty through the same prism as other plastic surgery procedures, it’s difficult to see the cause of controversy. But when you view it through a popular lens—or through the lens of these myths—you can spot where people would get the wrong idea. That’s why busting these five myths about labiaplasty is so important!