Labiaplasty is becoming a very common procedure to improve the appearance and discomfort of enlarged labia. Some might wonder why anyone would get elective surgery in an extremely sensitive area that few people will ever see. In fact, this area is difficult for even you to see unless you have a hand mirror. “The procedure no one talks about” is far more common than you might think. Here are some of the reasons women choose labiaplasty:
Genetics and childbirth are common reasons behind labia that are oversized. Large labia can spill out of underwear, bathing suit bottoms, and short shorts and can embarrassingly show through tight pants. Certain social events like pool parties or even changing in a room with other women can cause a significant amount of anxiety due to potential embarrassment.
After childbirth, pain during intercourse is extremely common. A recent study by Australian researchers indicated that 90 percent of women experience pain the first time they have sex after giving birth, and almost 25 percent still report painful sex 18 months later. Women who gave birth via cesarean section were surprisingly twice as likely to experience sexual pain 18 months postpartum. The reasons for pain during intercourse vary, but loose, hanging skin that appeared because of childbirth is described as labia enlargement and can be treated with labiaplasty.
An enlarged inner or outer labia can cause chafing and discomfort during exercise. Even light exercise like walking or riding a bicycle may become uncomfortable for some women because of the extra folds of skin.
Especially after childbirth, the inner areas of the labia can change and may become difficult to keep clean. Loose skin can trap urine and bacteria that can lead to chronic infections, odors, itching, burning, and discomfort.
Labiaplasty can correct all of the maladies listed above and establish an overall renewed quality of life. To schedule your consultation, please call Dr. Mabourakh at our Folsom office at (916) 984-8585 or our Stockton office at (209) 464-5656, or fill out our online contact form for more information.