Labiaplasty is a simple, gynecological procedure that involves the removal of excess labial tissue from the vaginal area. This can be done for a number of reasons. This surgery is not limited to a certain type of person or reason for having labiaplasty.

In fact, there are multiple methods of labiaplasty and each procedure is chosen with the individual woman’s needs in mind. Here are four common techniques for labiaplasty:

  1. Trim method: The trim method involves making an incision that cuts away a woman’s excess labial tissue. This could be on either side of the vaginal lips.
  2. Wedge method: Instead cutting along the edge of the labia, the wedge method utilizes an incision made across the width of the labia. The wedge method contains a variation referred to as the Z-incision.
  3. Z-incision: This type of incision is a variation of the wedge method. It’s intended to reduce the amount of tension placed on the resulting surgical scar by making the incision in a zigzag shape. It is still placed across the width of the labia.
  4. Laser method: This method is increasingly popular. It’s an excellent alternative to the traditional trim method and allows for a shorter operation time. It’s a precise procedure and a good method when small amounts of tissue need removed. This type of procedure generally requires less recovery time and reduces the risk of pain or stiffness following the surgery.

With the various reasons for going through with a labiaplasty procedure and the different methods involved, you are probably asking yourself who should have a labiaplasty operation. Surgery is a major decision and should not be taken lightly.

When you should get a labiaplasty

  • Women that experience discomfort during sexual intercourse as a result of excessive labial tissue may be a good candidate for the procedure.
  • Painful chafing from large vaginal lips can also be a good reason to consider surgery.
  • Some women experience difficulty using tampons because of their labial tissue that could be solved with a simple labiaplasty surgery.
  • Women with body image issues or self-consciousness that are a result of enlarged, extended, discolored, or uneven labial tissue may find a solution with labiaplasty.
  • Women that are embarrassed or self-conscious about the appearance of “camel toe” when wearing tight clothing or swimsuits can also benefit from this elective surgery.
  • Sometimes, women experience a change or tears in the vaginal area as a result of childbirth. Certain labiaplasty techniques may serve to correct the problem.

Reasons you should not get a labiaplasty

  • You should never get a labiaplasty because of pressure from someone else. If your partner, friends, or anyone else is pressuring you into getting the procedure done then you need to consider whether or not this is something you want for yourself. This is a cosmetic procedure that requires recovery time and as a surgery, it does come with its own risks. Labiaplasty is an intimate procedure and a personal decision. It’s important that you are comfortable with the procedure and are going through with it for yourself.
  • If you don’t have issues with the way your body looks and you are not experiencing discomfort or pain then you do not need to go through with the surgery just because your vaginal lips are large or uneven.