Many women dislike the large protuberant appearance of their labia minora. Labioplasty is a procedure performed on women who dislike the large size of their inner lip, which may cause embarrassment with a sexual partner or discomfort in tight pants, with sports, or during sexual intercourse. Some women are born with enlarged inner lip and therefore opt to have labiaplasty; whereas others develop the enlargement with age or from child-birth. Occasionally, a woman is self-conscious of her labia since childhood. A inner lip reduction procedure can be performed to reduce the inner lip.
Women who are self-conscious and unhappy with the length or shape of their labia minora -the inner lips around the vaginal opening- may feel as if they have no one to talk to because the subject is so personal and private. They may keep their thoughts about their bodies to themselves, even while it makes them self-conscious in the bedroom and uncomfortable during many different physical activities such as bike riding or horseback riding. In some instances, women with large labia can experience pain during intercourse, or feel discomfort during everyday activities or when wearing tight-fitting clothing. Others may feel unattractive or wish to enhance their sexual experiences by removing some of the skin that covers the clitoris. The overly large inner lip can also result in constant irritation in tight pants. Medical reasons for labioplasty include discomfort or irritation with tight pants, sports, cycling or other physical activities. In many instances, women are born with large labia; others may develop the condition with childbirth or age. Aesthetic (beautification) reasons include self consciousness and self-esteem issues and a desire for sculpting to achieve a better look for ones self.
Candidates for labioplasty who are either experiencing sexual dysfunction, embarrassment or pain because their inner lip are over-sized or asymmetrical. Also, women who dislike their large inner lip or shape of their labia, which may cause inelegance or awkwardness with a sexual partner. Although the procedure is usually aesthetic, in order to improve vaginal self-image, it may also be indicated because of pain during intercourse.
The labia lip reduction surgery is usually performed on an out-patient basis using local anesthesia. Surgery takes 40 minutes. Neither the clitoris nor the urethra is affected when the labia is made smaller. The labia will either be shortened or a small triangular-shaped wedge will be removed with the sides sutured together to form smaller skin folds. During this procedure the urethral opening can be redefined and if necessary improvements to the vagina may be made. Retaining a natural shape along with all normal sensation is paramount. Most patients feel fine immediately after surgery. After the procedure you wear a panty liner. A daily bath or gentle shower ensures quick healing. The sutures dissolve spontaneously so there is no need for physical removal. You can resume sexual relations in about 10-14 days after a labia reduction surgery.
Long labia can make a woman self-conscious about her body and can make some physical activities uncomfortable or even painful. By shortening the labia, discomfort and irritation can be greatly reduced if not completely eliminated. Women who before were self-conscious in the bedroom (some women avoid sex all together before the surgery because they are so self conscious) often feel relieved and have more sexual self-confidence. Labioplasty can also make personal hygiene easier to maintain, as well as helping to simplify such activities as urinating and sexual intercourse. Most patients are very happy after labia reduction surgery. They often wish to have had surgery much earlier. Their regained comfort and self esteem significantly improves their quality of life.