Top 3 Reasons Women get Labiaplasty
Enlarged or elongated labia minora, known as labial hypertrophy, are often the result of genetics, puberty or giving birth. While this condition might be embarrassing for some women to talk about, board-certified OB/GYN Dr. David Ghozland says a simple technique called labiaplasty is helping his Los Angeles-area patients drop the shame and improve their quality of life.
Labiaplasty is a reconstructive surgery that removes excess and/or uneven labial tissue from the vaginal lips. While every woman and situation is different, there are at least three main reasons a woman might choose to undergo the procedure:
- Cosmetic reasons. Enlarged labia may cause self-consciousness during intimacy and can also cause embarrassment if they are visible when wearing tightly fitted clothing or bathing suits. The procedure restores confidence and self-esteem to women who are self-conscious about the appearance of their labia minora.
- Discomfort. Sometimes enlarged labia cause discomfort during exercise or intercourse. Labiaplasty surgery resolves any issues with irritation, rubbing and visibility.
- Intimacy concerns. Enlarged labia can interfere with sexual pleasure and may even cause discomfort during intercourse.
Dr. Ghozland’s labiaplasty procedure utilizes the latest technology and the procedure is performed in-office using a local anesthetic. Obviously one of the first questions women ask is, “Will it hurt?” With Dr. Ghozland’s minimally invasive technique, patients will not feel any pain. Many women even watch a movie, read a magazine or converse during their procedure!
Dr. Ghozland uses the Ellman Surgitron laser to perform all labiaplasty surgery because it offers a more precise incision than a standard laser or scalpel. It also promotes faster healing with little-to-no scarring, as well as reduced levels of pain, swelling, and infection post-procedure. He also uses a straight edge technique that runs along the length of the labia and uses the laser to remove darker pigmentation and reshape the labia to the patient’s preferences.
While anyone who has concerns about the appearance of their vaginal lips is a potential candidate for labiaplasty, women who have experienced labial stretching or tearing during childbirth or those suffering from labia minora hypertrophy should know that help is available. Whatever your reasons for wanting to know more about labiaplasty, rest assured that this simple outpatient procedure, when performed by an experienced physician, can make all the difference.