What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a procedure in which a woman’s external genitalia are altered for improved comfort or appearance. Usually, labiaplasty addresses the labia minora, or the sensitive tissue closest to the vagina. The labia majora, which is the hair-bearing skin to the outside of the labia minora, can also be addressed. During a labiaplasty, the labia minora are trimmed so that they do not protrude beyond the labia majora. The labia majora usually don’t require tissue removal but may need a small amount of fat transfer to restore lost volume.
Why Is Labiaplasty Performed?
The labia minora may become enlarged at puberty or during pregnancy. With aging and a decrease in hormone levels, the labia majora may lose volume and cause the labia minora to be more visible. Sometimes, the labia minora extends beyond the labia majora and may cause pain during routine activities, such as exercise or during sexual intercourse. It may also cause psychological distress by being visible in swimsuits or activewear.
Who Is A Candidate for Labiaplasty?
Any woman who experiences embarrassment or pain due to enlarged labia minora may benefit from labiaplasty.