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Is There a Difference Between a Labiaplasty and a Vaginoplasty?


Updated May 18, 2011

Is There a Difference Between a Labiaplasty and a Vaginoplasty?
Question: Is There a Difference Between a Labiaplasty and a Vaginoplasty?
Answer: Yes. To understand this difference, you'll need to understand a little about genital anatomy. Don't fret - you've seen it all before! There are really only three words you need to know. And a picture is worth a thousand words.
  • Labia majora
  • Labia minora
  • Vagina

The term "vagina" is often wrongly used to refer to the entire female genitalia. The vagina is a specific internal structure, whereas the vulva is the whole exterior genitalia. The vagina is a muscular tubular tract that ends at the vaginal orifice/opening on the exterior of the body in a woman. The vulva are comprised of the labia majora (outer lips), the labia minora (inner lips), and the clitoral hood, which covers the clitoris.

Now, let's get back to labiaplasty versus vaginoplasty. A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the outer appearance of the genitalia by reducing the size of and reshaping the labia minora.

A vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate and tighten the internal muscular tube known as the vagina. Women who undergo this procedure may have completed childbearing and are dissatisfied with the resulting lack of vaginal tone and tightness.

What Are the Labia Majora? Labia Minora?

Why Would a Woman Get a Labiaplasty?

What Causes Enlargement of the Labia Minora?

How Many Women Are Getting Labiaplasties?

Who Is an Appropriate Candidate For A Labiaplasty?

Where Are the Incisions Made for a Labiaplasty?

How Is a Labiaplasty Performed?

How Long Is a Labiaplasty Procedure?

What Type of Anesthesia Is Used for a Labiaplasty?

Is a Labiaplasty Painful?

How Much Does a Labiaplasty Cost?

When Can I Go Back to Work After a Labiaplasty?

When Will I Be Able to Sit, Walk, and Exercise After a Labiaplasty?

How Soon After a Labiaplasty Can I Have Sex?

Will I Have Scars Down There?

When Can I Expect a Final Result?

Is a Labiaplasty Safe?

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