Labiaplasty is a treatment or procedure that helps alter the inner and outer labia, or the labia minora and labia majora. The labia is the folds of skin that surrounds the vulva. The procedure is used to improve the appearance of the female genitalia.
Who can undergo labiaplasty?
Although labiaplasty is now a commonly conducted procedure, there are certain conditions to opting for it. With there being certain limitations to the procedure when it comes to women opting for it for cosmetic reasons, here are reasons when getting this treatment done is acceptable in every clinic.
- Women with vaginal atresia or the condition where there is no vaginal passage
- Women with a condition causing malformation of the uterus and fallopian tubes, also called mullerian agenesis
- Women with intersexual, or male, characteristics
- Women who have borne an injury to the labia
- Women with labia stretched due to aging
- Women who have undergone a reassignment surgery
On the other hand, women with existing gynaecological diseases such as cancer or tumours are advised against undergoing a labiaplasty. Visiting an experienced gynaecologist at Western Specialist Centre can help you get a clearer picture as to whether you can and must undergo this treatment.
The benefits of a labiaplasty
With women undergoing a labiaplasty treatment for cosmetic reasons, medical reasons, and more, there are a number of benefits that can be obtained through the procedure.
- In improving the appearance of the labia
- In boosting one’s confidence
- In enhancing sexual pleasure
- In increasing the comfort while you partake in exercising or sports
How it works
During a labiaplasty, the patient is administered local or general anaesthesia, depending on how extensive the procedure is and the number of other combination procedures that the patient will be undergoing. Here are some of the techniques that are used to perform the procedure:
Edge resection technique
This technique involves a resection of the labia minora wherein the excess tissues are cut and the part that is cut is then sutured by the surgeon. This procedure is also called the original reconstruction technique for the labia. While the technique is simple and safe, the result is often one that is unnaturally smooth.
Central wedge resection technique
The central wedge resection technique cuts a wedge of tissue from the thickest part of the labia in order to reduce its size without affecting or changing its natural contours or getting rid of its natural wrinkles.
This particular procedure is conducted by making use of a scalpel to cut the epithelium. This helps in reducing the excess tissue of the labia without damaging the sensitivity of the labia or its erogenous nature.
The laser labiaplasty technique makes use of laser technology in order to cut the inner labia, or the labia minora. This, as opposed to manual incisions, lowers the possible risks of epidermoid cysts.
In most cases, the patient can be allowed to go home once the procedure is successfully conducted. While the entire labiaplasty treatment is safe, discussing the advantages, the possible outcomes, and the effects of the procedure with a specialist at Western Specialist Centre is vital.