Female genitalia is a mystery to most people because the parts are not outwardly visible unless you look for them. Believe it or not, some women never even see their own genitalia. If a person rarely sees their own labia or anyone else’s, it can be difficult to ascertain what’s “normal.” The truth is that just as hands or noses or ears look different from person to person, the same is true for the vulva. Some labia are longer, some shorter, some darker, some thicker, some asymmetrical. There is no standard of beauty for labia, but in some women, they grow large enough to cause discomfort, embarrassment, and even health complications, such as frequent urinary tract infections. In these cases, intervention by way of labiaplasty may be recommended.
What causes enlarged labia?
When the outer lips of the vulva are larger than average, it’s known as labia majora hypertrophy. When the inner lips extend past the outer lips, it’s known as labia minora hypertrophy. Some people are born with labia hypertrophy and some develop it through puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or other hormonal event. The aging process can also cause labia hypertrophy, as skin loses its elasticity and female hormone levels decrease. And sometimes the labia grow an additional protective layer in response to repeated trauma, as from excessively tight and restrictive clothing or the impact of long-term competitive cycling. There is no single cause for labia hypertrophy, and in most cases, if it doesn’t bother the individual, there is nothing that needs to be done about it. But when excess labial tissue causes problems for the individual, whether physical or psychological, treatment is available.
Problems with enlarged labia
Big labia are not a problem in themselves, but in some cases, they do result in other complications. For some women, the enlarged vaginal lips hang outside of their underwear and chafe against their clothing, irritating the skin. For others, labia hypertrophy causes significant pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse. Additionally, large labia can hide bacteria that leads to frequent urinary tract infections, yeast infections, or feminine odor. Even when there are no physical symptoms, many women with big labia experience embarrassment from visible vaginal lips in sexy lingerie or exercise clothes, leading to extreme self-consciousness and anxiety about the appearance of their labia. When symptoms of physical or emotional discomfort interfere with a person’s self-esteem or quality of life, labiaplasty may help.
Labiaplasty: treatment for labia hypertrophy
Labiaplasty is a procedure for changing the shape, size, symmetry or appearance of the labia for enhanced comfort, sensation, and aesthetic appeal. Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that typically takes 2 to 3 hours, but Dr. Laverson’s commitment to precision and excellence may result in a longer surgical duration. Dr. Laverson’s approach includes advanced plastic surgical techniques, reinforced closures for durability, optical magnification for precision, and multiple layers of anesthesia. The exact surgical technique will depend on the specific needs of the patient, but all labiaplasty procedures done by Dr. Laverson improve appearance and preserve sensation and function. The end result is pretty, trim, and sculpted labia and enhanced feminine appeal.
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If enlarged or elongated labia are causing you discomfort in clothing, pain during sexual intercourse, or feelings of self-consciousness and anxiety about your appearance, labiaplasty may be the solution for achieving a prettier, tidier vaginal profile that looks and feels natural, delicate, trim, and soft to touch. For more information on Dr. Steve Laverson’s customized labiaplasty, call Feel Beautiful at (858) 295-4001 to schedule your free labiaplasty consultation today.