Growing older combined with the effects of gravity, pregnancy, and childbirth results in changes to the shape and appearance of your vulva. Time and other factors specifically change the labia minora, which are the inner vaginal lips surrounding the vaginal opening.
While labia minora vary widely in how they look, an increasing number of women are opting to get labiaplasty, a surgical procedure that alters the shape or size of your labia minora. At Women’s Health Institute in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia, our specialists Nnaemeka Umerah, MD, and Anayo Umerah, MD, routinely visit with patients to discuss labiaplasty and help them explore its benefits.
If you’re on the fence about labiaplasty, here are some insights into why the procedure is increasing in popularity and the benefits it offers:
Longer inner labia hang down lower than your labia majora. The tissue of the labia minora can be particularly sensitive and is prone to chafing, particularly when you exercise or have sexual intercourse. Friction against the labia can lead to microtears in the tissue, which cause further irritation and discomfort in the region.
Labiaplasty reduces the size and length of your labia minora so they’re neatly tucked within your labia majora, which protects them from friction, irritation, and damage. Some women also find that labiaplasty helps prevent recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) brought on by bacteria harbored in the excess tissue.
Appearance is frequently a factor in women’s decisions to undergo labiaplasty. Even though the surgery alters an intimate area that not many other people see, you might have personal qualms about the size or symmetry of your vulva.
A particularly large or long labia minora can affect how your clothes fit and how they look while you’re wearing them. After labiaplasty, you can wear tight articles of clothing like bikini bottoms, leggings, or workout shorts without worrying about any part of your vulva falling out of the clothing or displaying a revealing outline.
Labiaplasty results withstand the test of time and the changes your body goes through following the surgery. In fact, you’ll never need a surgical revision of your labiaplasty even after menopause, pregnancy, or the vaginal or C-section delivery of a new baby.
Speaking of your future after labiaplasty, you can expect to retain your sexual function. You’ll still be able to get aroused, enjoy sexual relations, and even orgasm after the six weeks of healing. Once you’ve healed and you can see the final result, you can pick back up where you left off with your sexual partner.
Women’s Health Institute welcomes you in for an individualized labiaplasty consultation. If you’re still curious about labiaplasty and its benefits, contact our offices with a phone call or schedule an appointment online.