The Long and Short of It: Labiaplasty

As a result of the growing concern that women are taking in their appearance, comparing anything from their noses and their breast size to the length of their legs and the size of their thighs, everything has become fair game for scrutiny, and everything really means everything. Even the parts of the body that no one else sees are being placed under a microscope, and women everywhere have begun to question the appearance of their vagina and deeply pondering their need for a procedure called a labiaplasty.

Labiaplasty is a type of surgery that is performed as a means of labia reduction. As a urogynecologist would explain, the labia itself is part of the vulva, which is the visible portion of the vagina and includes the labia majora (the outer labia); the labia minora (the inner labia); the clitoris; and the introitus (the vaginal opening). Much like anything else on a woman’s body, no two are exactly alike; and they come in differing shapes, sizes, and even color. Beyond the presence of unusual moles or discoloration that could be indicative of skin cancer, appearance really shouldn’t be an issue.

Unfortunately, however, it’s become one; and women are raising the issue with their doctors at an increasing rate and complaining about their dissatisfaction with the way that their vagina looks. Most frequently up for discussion is the length of the labia minor. Vaginal plastic surgery and vaginal reconstruction have become hot topics as women seek out the option of the labiaplasty to shorten the length of their labia.

How Do You Measure Up?

The average length of the labia is four centimeters from the tip to the base, and a woman’s labia are often not uniform in their length. While such information should give women reassurance that there is no standard for comparison, cosmetic reasons for labiaplasty surgery are still on the rise in an effort to meet some unknown expectation for perfection.

There are, however, cases when a labiaplasty procedure would benefit a woman’s quality of life. For women who have an elongated labia minora and suffer from physical discomfort during regular activity or experience a great deal of pain during sex as a result, labiaplasty could be considered the best course of action. Surgery should be considered carefully, however, as there is a risk of significant bleeding, infection, and even scarring.

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