and the Designers
is being generated about cosmetic gynecologic surgery
and all it's different terminology. Labiaplasty is one
of the procedures being performed. I would like to
explain what it entails and the reason that some women
choose to have this performed.
all been shaped and formed differently. Some women do
not like the way they look, others are bothered by the
size of their labia, trying to have an active lifestyle.
Trying to do a spinning class with large protruding
labia is not the most pleasant feeling. Visiting a sauna
in Europe with your labia protruding, may impact on your
self-confidence. Wearing bathing suits, tight clothing
or work out clothes may be uncomfortable with large
Historically, the Khoisan women are known for their
labia minora, or inner lips, hanging down 3-4 inches
below the vulva. Most women do not have labia protruding
to this extent. Childbirth may stretch and elongate
labia. Others have been born with large, irregular or
asymmetrical labia. The labia majora sometimes become
full and large as a result of weight gain and may cause
pain and irritation.
Labiaplasty is plastic surgery of the labia majora
and/or minora, which are external folds of skin
surrounding the vagina, constituting the external female
genitalia or vulva. Labiaplasty reduces and reshapes one
or both labia.
Labiaplasty is usually about a 1- 2 hour outpatient
surgery, usually done under local anesthesia and
reshapes the outer or inner lips. Several different
surgical methods can be used, dependent on patient's and
labia are made smaller, the clitoris often appears to be
bigger, and sometimes women would like to have the
clitoral hood reduced also.
surgery has significantly increased in popularity over
the last couple of years despite some professional
organizations as ACOG
(American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists),
not supporting them. Years ago women would not remove
their pubic and vulvar hair, at the most slightly trim
it, however nowadays the hair is being taken off or
trimmed to a degree where labia will be more visible.
will take up to 4-5 weeks to heal, so it will take some
time before the result can be judged and "shown off."
Research has shown that more than 90% of women are
satisfied after labiaplasty, which is higher. The cited
rate of reoperation is between 3 and 7%, mostly for
dissatisfaction with the appearance, some for wound
surgeons performing the cosmesis, the designers, can use
varying methods to reshape the labia, from scalpel to
laser to electro cautery. One method has not been shown
to be better than another. The training of the surgeons
varies from plastic surgery, urology to obstetrics and
literature on labiaplasty is scarce but it is gaining
popularity rapidly. If you are interested in the
procedure, think that your labia are bothering your
activity level or self-esteem, come in for a
Florida Urogynecology is your center for cosmetic
gynecologic surgery and urogynecology.
Sprock, MD is a board certified OB/GYN with fellowship
training in urogynecology. She is an accomplished
vaginal as well as laparoscopic surgeon. Her office is
on 1009 Harvin Way, Suite 110, Rockledge FL, 32955.
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