Summary: It’s the new procedure everyone is talking about, but in hushed tones. Labiaplasty is no doubt controversial, but we should be careful not to stigmatize those who have undergone the procedure. After all, the between 2012 and 2013, labiaplasties have increased by 40%, which means that women are attracted to the procedure, often times for the same reasons people pursue any cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery: for a boost of confidence and a charge to the self-esteem.
A Controversial Procedure
We’ve written about it before, but there’s something about labiaplasty that makes it particularly difficult to talk about, at least without whispering. And this is problematic for those women who may feel ashamed to seek out this specific procedure, or feel especially pressured to keep their results a secret. Compare, for example, the way in which a woman who elects for a breast augmentation might speak differently about her procedure than a woman who elects to undergo labiaplasty.
Yet, those women who do elect to undergo this new and controversial procedure are increasingly not alone. Indeed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, between 2012 and 2013, we saw a 40% increase in labiaplasty procedures. And according to the New Jersey plastic surgeons at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, the procedure is performed nearly as often as tummy tucks.
What is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is, essentially, the cosmetic or reconstructive rearrangement of the labia (the “lips” of the vagina, for those of you who don’t know your anatomy particularly well). Essentially, over time, the labia can become over-enlarged, interfering with pleasure during sex or, very simply, causing a woman to be self-conscious about the way she looks and feels. Many women elect to undergo labiaplasty because they are quite athletic, and desire increased comfort while playing sports or wearing tight clothing.
We should also point out that damage to the labia can also occur because of congenital factors, or, in rare cases, because of damage during child birth, which some women may want corrected.
It’s No Different
I think it’s important to keep in mind that, in many ways, labiaplasty is no different from any other type of cosmetic surgery. Those who seek it out are generally looking to feel more comfortable in their own skin and gain a boost in confidence and self-esteem. In other words, women who undergo a labiaplasty do so for very similar reasons as women who undergo a breast augmentation.
And to some degree, the procedure must largely be successful. As we said, the procedure has seen a 40% rise in popularity over the last year. We suspect that, as the procedure continues to rise in popularity, it will become more acceptable. Maybe it won’t be dinner table conversation, but perhaps women will feel less inclined to hide their faces in testimonial videos for the procedure.
Here are some, though certainly not all, of the benefits associated with this procedure:
- Increased pleasure during sex
- Increased confidence
- Decrease in discomfort
- Tight clothes might fit better
- Decrease in self-consciousness
Overcome the Stigma
So, over time, it’s possible to overcome the stigma associated with labiaplasty. At least, that’s the hope. Because labiaplasty has certainly shown to have marked improvements for the women who elect to undergo the procedure. If it’s something you’re thinking about, don’t let stigma stand in the way of looking and feeling how you want.