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Why Would a Woman Get a Labiaplasty?


Updated August 12, 2014

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Why Would a Woman Get a Labiaplasty?

Elongated Labia

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Question: Why Would a Woman Get a Labiaplasty?

Answer: The purpose of a labiaplasty is to reshape the external appearance of the genitalia. In women of reproductive age, there is considerable variation in the size of the labia minora. A woman may choose to undergo a labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons and/or to treat functional impairment.

Some women may feel self-conscious about the outward appearance of their genitalia. They view their inner labia as abnormally long, which causes them emotional or psychological distress during intimate encounters. These women choose to undergo a labiaplasty to reduce the size of the labia.

In other instances, women with elongated labia may choose to undergo a labiaplasty to alleviate symptoms that can arise from increased labia size. These symptoms include pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse and/or while wearing tight-fitting clothing as well as interference with exercise and normal daily activities. What Are the Labia Majora? Labia Minora?

What Causes Enlargement of the Labia Minora?

Is There a Difference Between a Labiaplasty and a Vaginoplasty?

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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