While turning to plastic surgery for the more visible parts of the body is common, women are also able to address more private areas, including their labias. In fact, in 2019, nearly 13,000 women in the United States opted for labiaplasty.
At Associates in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Jack Tubbs and our team make every effort to help our patients feel great, inside and out. To that end, we offer a wide range of obstetric, gynecologic, and aesthetic services, giving you the tools you need to both safeguard your health and achieve your cosmetic goals.
As part of our suite of aesthetic services, we offer labiaplasties to help women who wish to feel better about the skin they’re in. If you’re considering a labiaplasty, here’s what you should know.
Why a labiaplasty?
The first thing to understand about a labiaplasty is that it’s a highly personal choice as there’s no “perfect” labia. Women’s labias vary widely — in size, color, and shape — so what’s not right for you may be perfectly fine for another.
There are several reasons why women opt to reduce or reshape their labias, including:
- Labia that are too long
- Labia that are asymmetrical
- Excess tissue that tugs in swimsuits or underwear
- Labia that are large enough to peek through certain clothing
- Labia that get pulled uncomfortably during intercourse
Here again, we emphasize the fact that the decision to undergo a labiaplasty is one that’s unique to each woman. For example, you may be worried about overly large labia that interfere with your ability to wear your favorite swimsuit. Or, perhaps you’re a cycling enthusiast and your labia tugs uncomfortably when you ride. Whatever the reason, the good news is that we can help.
Understanding your labiaplasty
A labiaplasty isn’t a complicated procedure, and we typically perform it on an outpatient basis. During your procedure, we ensure your comfort with anesthesia and then trim away the necessary tissues to achieve your goal.
After your procedure, you’re free to go home, and we supply you with complete aftercare instructions. You should plan on taking it easy for a few days as the incision sites heal, which means taking time off from work or other obligations.
Once you feel comfortable getting back to your normal activities, do so gradually and avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting until the tissues have fully healed. Bear in mind that you should also avoid sexual intercourse and tampon use for 4-6 weeks.
Rest assured, we’re with you every step of the way, and if you have any questions or concerns, we’re just a phone call away.
If you’d like to explore whether a labiaplasty can help you with your comfort or aesthetic goals, please contact our office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to set up an appointment.