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Is Labiaplasty Right for Me?

Designed to decrease the size of the labia minora and/or majora, labiaplasty offers many women relief from feelings of discomfort, both physical and emotional, that may accompany this area of concern. Labiaplasty, which is also called labial rejuvenation, is often confused with vaginal rejuvenation, a much more intensive surgical procedure that addresses sexual dysfunction. For this reason, it is important to clarify that labiaplasty can often be a quick procedure with minimal discomfort. Labial reduction may be able to help qualified patients lead more confident, comfortable lives.

Who is a Candidate for Labiaplasty?

Typical candidates for vaginal rejuvenation are women who have developed significant labial changes postpartum or who have always had large and/or irregular labia majora, minora, or both. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Rothfield, emphasizes there is no standard shape for genitalia; however, many of our patients express dissatisfaction with having a more prominent labia.

Other candidacy requirements for labial reduction may include:

  • Being 18 years of age or older
  • Having physical discomfort while sitting, exercising, or having sex
  • Being self-conscious due to labial size or appearance
  • Having labial tears resulting from childbirth

In certain instances, patients younger than 18 with significant irregularities may be considered for labiaplasty. In these situations, Dr. Rothfield prefers to discuss the concerns with the patient, her parents, and the patient’s OB/GYN.

Most patients requesting labiaplasty are seeking cosmetic enhancement, though there are many reasons why a woman may investigate this procedure. At Weston Plastic Surgery, we respect every patient’s motivation and provide a caring setting in which any matter can be discussed.

Contact Weston Plastic Surgery

If you have questions about candidacy requirements for labiaplasty, or wish to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on August 26, 2014

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