If you’ve been considering a labiaplasty procedure, it’s very likely that you found articles about it online that frame it as problematic. Often, the arguments for this are that women are misinformed about what ‘normal’ labia look like and thus opt for surgery. Although these arguments can be an important part of your decision-making progress, it’s important to remember that there are some recognized benefits to be had by opting for labiaplasty. Here are some common reasons that women choose this procedure with Dr. Partington.
Most women that opt for labiaplasty have inner labia that protrude far beyond the outer labia. For some women, this can come with some discomfort and problems. The inner labia are much more sensitive and thinner-skinned than the outer labia, meaning they can easily become irritated or dry when wearing certain clothing or doing certain activities. Additionally, these women often experience uncomfortable intercourse because of their labia. When the excess skin of the inner labia is removed, it can provide a lot of relief and greater quality-of-life.
Like any other cosmetic surgery, many women simply feel more confident in themselves afterwards. The physical and medical toll that enlarged labia minora can take can be taxing, and labiaplasty can often mean that patients are free to wear certain clothing or engage in their favorite active lifestyles. Additionally, many women find their sex lives greatly improved by removing excess inner labial tissue where they no longer experience pain or discomfort with their partner. As with breast implants or a tummy tuck, for example, confidence in yourself and your body is the goal.
For better or worse, societies have always created standards of beauty, and it can be nearly impossible to avoid their influence. When it comes to labia, many women show a preference for inner labia that are completely covered and concealed by the outer labia. Many women believe this to be ‘normal’ and, although labia come in all shapes and sizes, many women simply want to reach the ideal image— similar to the ‘right’ type of breasts or butt. Again, if you’re happy with achieving this ideal and it makes you confident in your body, then labiaplasty is an effective option when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon.
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Despite the discussions for and against labiaplasty, it’s important to consider what’s most valuable to you about cosmetic surgery and discuss your goals with an experienced and compassionate plastic surgeon who can recommend your best options. To get started on your options with labiaplasty, contact our Kirkland office by calling or filling out our online form.