There is a large variation in female genitalia, contrary to what you may have seen in magazines. While short or nonexistent inner labia are often shown as the “ideal,” it is perfectly normal to have longer labia or for the labia to be mismatched. If this causes no issues, there is no reason at all for a woman to feel self-conscious or to dislike her body. Unfortunately, labial asymmetry and excess labial tissue does cause issues for some women. Fortunately, there is a solution.
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Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that shortens the length of the inner labia and may also shorten the outer labia and the clitoral hood, if requested. Understanding the labiaplasty procedure and its benefits is integral to making an informed choice about your own body.
The Goal of Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is intended to reduce discomfort and enhance the sexual pleasure of women. Labiaplasty offers up a wide host of benefits that should be available to any woman who feels she stands to gain from them.
Comfort During Physical Activities
Some women with large labia complain of chafing during activities like running or hiking, no matter what kind of clothing they wear. Other women experience discomfort while bicycling or horseback riding, as the pressure of the saddle or seat against their crotch irritates these sensitive tissues. Activities that require a harness, such as skydiving, spelunking, climbing and mountaineering, can also be uncomfortable if the harness pinches or bunches up and catches the tissue through clothing. The irritation and trauma can cause painful cysts or even tears. A labiaplasty can remove the excess labial tissue and restore feminine wellness.
Better Sexual Sensation
Some women experience discomfort during intimate encounters because their long labia are forced into the vaginal canal during penetration. Even if their partner is gentle, this can cause painful irritation and tearing. It's also possible for the clitoral hood to be so long that it interferes with sensation and pleasure. A labiaplasty can make sex more comfortable and more satisfying for women who experience these issues.
More Confidence and Self-Esteem
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with long labia, it is true that humans often have their own deeply ingrained sense of aesthetics. If a woman does not like how her vulva looks, she may feel less confident and suffer from low self-esteem. Low self-esteem can extend to not liking the bulge made in swimwear, leotards or other tight clothing, or being too self-conscious to use the changing room in the gym. A labiaplasty can help a woman achieve her desired aesthetic. Labiaplasty has a wide range of benefits and can solve some annoying and embarrassing problems for women who suffer from them. If you are considering a labiaplasty for yourself or you have additional questions, call our office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Katzen has offices conveniently located in Beverly Hills, CA, and Las Vegas, NV.