Is labiaplasty common? While many procedures have become more openly discussed, labiaplasty is an important but not widely known medical procedure. Vague terms like “vaginal rejuvenation” and “designer vagina” can undermine the seriousness of an elongated labia, particularly for patients with one. This condition is often attributed to congenital causes, supplemented hormones, chronic irritation, childbirth, aging, and external physical causes. Women at nearly every age may have symptoms such as tugging, twisting, urinary tract infections, personal hygiene issues, painful intercourse, pain during exercise, exposure in clothing and deviation of the urine stream.
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that alleviates the symptoms and significantly improves the quality of life. My practice has seen a large increase in the number of labiaplasty procedures performed, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports over 11,000 were performed in 2019. The surgical goal is to reduce the size of a woman’s labia minora, the inner lips of the vaginal lips, and make them more symmetrical so they don’t protrude or hang beyond the labia majora.
It is usually done on an outpatient basis in less than one hour. The procedure causes minimal discomfort, and the sutures dissolve on their own. Following surgery, patients should avoid significant physical exertion and exercise for approximately one month, as well as sexual encounters. If performed properly, the condition rarely recurs. My experience and recent scientific studies indicate that labiaplasty has a high degree of patient satisfaction and success.
If you would like to know more, please contact my office to help determine if it is right for you.