What is a labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a surgery designed to decrease the size or improve the symmetry of the labia minora, or the “inner lips” of the labia.
Why is it so popular?
Labiaplasty has become increasing popular due to media attention, the increase in accessible, anonymous information through the internet, and the popularity of the Brazilian wax.
What is normal?
There is a wide range of “normal.” However, most patients dislike the labia minora protruding beyond the labia majora.
Is it all about looks?
Most women want surgery for aesthetic reasons. However, some patients do experience discomfort with exercise, tight clothes, or sex with an enlarged labia minora.
What is a normal age for a labiaplasty?
The most common age to get a labiaplasty is between 25-35 years old. The second most common are women in their 40s and 50s who have noticed labial enlargement after childbirth or menopause.
What are 5 things I should know about labiaplasty?
- Quick procedure that takes less than 1 hour
- Usually done awake under local anesthesia
- Stitches are all dissolvable, no need for suture removal
- Minimal discomfort after surgery
- Refrain from sexual intercourse for 4-6 weeks after surgery
Dr. Cassie Ngheim is a plastic surgery fellow with Bitar Institute.