Statistics from The American Society of Plastic Surgeons have revealed significant growth in the area of labiaplasty. In the year 2016 alone, the United States experienced a 39 percent increase in the number of surgical labiaplasty procedures performed. Since the emergence of this feminine cosmetic procedure, we have also seen some non-surgical treatments come out of the woodwork. Dr. Jennifer Walden is committed to the use of innovative technologies and has equipped the Vaginal Rejuvenation Center of Austin with several modalities. Still, surgical labiaplasty remains a common choice for many women. Here, we want to discuss why.
What is Labiaplasty?
The surgical labiaplasty procedure carefully removes redundant tissue from the labia minora or the inner lips at the vaginal opening. The labia minora are bits of very soft, delicate tissue. They are intended to be covered by the skin of the labia majora, but sometimes fall outside of the outer lips. There are several reasons this may happen, from genetics to hormones to childbirth. Whatever the cause of excess labial tissue, surgical refinement can address important aspects of a woman’s sense of wellness.
The appearance of a woman’s “sensual parts” matters. It matters to her sense of self. This has nothing to do with a perception that a woman should look a certain way. We meet with many women who naturally lean toward a feeling of dissatisfaction at the appearance of excess tissue between their legs. Not only is this obvious when naked, but there are instances in which tissue is so bulky that its appearance is noticed even through clothing. Labiaplasty carefully tucks the labia minora between the labia majora through small, hidden incisions, refining the contouring of the vaginal area.
Whoever said that labiaplasty is all about getting the appearance of a designer vagina has probably never lived with a surplus of genital tissue. Oversized labia get pinched; they get compressed, and all of this can hurt! Sometimes, the best way to improve daily comfort is to surgically refine the size and shape of the tissue that doesn’t fare well in the context of normal clothing styles.
Genital tissue is an integral aspect of sexual wellness. When there is an excessive amount of loose, sagging tissue at the vaginal opening, there is a chance that the labia may get pulled during sexual intercourse. Tissue may also inhibit the degree of sensitivity a woman is meant to have.
Vaginal rejuvenation may mean something different to every woman. If you are concerned with redundant labial tissue, we invite you to contact the Vaginal Rejuvenation Center of Austin to explore your treatment options. Call 512.328.4100.