Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty

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Vaginoplasty is a procedure which intends to “tighten up” a vagina that’s become slack or loose from childbirth or aging. Labiaplasty is plastic surgery on the labia (the “lips” surrounding the vagina) that can be performed alone or with vaginoplasty. Surgery can be performed on the labia majora (the larger, outer vaginal lips), or the labia minora (the smaller, inner vaginal lips). Labiaplasty changes the size or shape of the labia, typically making them smaller or correcting an asymmetry between them.

While people may think these are procedures to enhance sexual pleasure, most of my patients have these procedures for appearance and comfort. Vaginal tissues can stretch, but surgically tightening the tissue cannot guarantee a heightened sexual response, since that is conditioned as much by emotional, spiritual and interpersonal factors as aesthetic ones. Additionally, greater “sensitivity” doesn’t automatically lead to more pleasure – it can actually lead to pain.

Recently, vaginoplasty has grown into a group of cosmetic surgeries known as “vaginal rejuvenation” and “designer vagina” procedures, with the same benefits to women as with other cosmetic surgeries, such as beauty, self-esteem and confidence. In reality, this is a very personal
and private decision. According to the ACOG, there’s no one “look” or way for a vagina and labia to be formed.

Although these procedures have become quite common and get great results, I know there is still some hesitation to discuss them. I urge you to have a private consultation and we can discuss your particular details and options.

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