Labioplasty: Endure or Dare?

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Measure seven times …

Labioplasty, or surgical correction of the size and shape of the labia, is becoming an increasingly common procedure today. Women resort to it for various reasons: for some it is a congenital defect, while others are faced with hormonal, postpartum or age-related changes in their external genital organs. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in the United States alone, this operation was performed more than 11,000 times in 2019. But how justified is such a sufficiently serious interference? To find out, researchers at Stanford University compared the symptoms before and after the procedure, the results of which were published in September. release journal “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery).

New life

Of the 62 women aged 17 to 61 who participated in the study, almost all were satisfied with the result (58 people – 94%). Before the operation, they complained of feelings of self-doubt (almost 94%), interference with intercourse (over 60%) and difficulty wearing tight-fitting trousers (over 58%), and also admitted that they did not feel attractive enough (66%) and have problems with self-esteem (over 64%). The surgery helped fix these problems.

In the majority of patients (over 82%), the correction was carried out by excision of excess tissue of the labia minora, in which they become symmetrical to the labia majora. The rest of the women underwent a wedge-shaped resection of the area of ​​the labia minora, which has the greatest thickness.

In a follow-up survey during the observation period, only 6.5% of women answered that they still experience self-doubt. Also, the vast majority of women were able to get rid of low self-esteem, problems with intimate life, twisting of the labia in tight-fitting clothes, difficulties in choosing suits for swimming and playing sports.

By words One of the authors of the study, Dr. Heather J. Furnas, “This work demonstrates the positive impact of labioplasty on the quality of life and suggests that the current recommendations for non-surgical treatment are not enough to reduce symptoms with excess vaginal tissue.”

Who is shown?

To understand whether you need this procedure or not, it is recommended that you first consult with your doctor. The reason for treatment can be both aesthetic dissatisfaction and discomfort or pain associated with the size of the labia during sexual relations, playing sports, wearing tight-fitting clothes, deviation of the urine stream, frequent urinary tract infections, the visibility of the labia in certain clothes. Is consideredthat the length of the labia minora in a moderately stretched state is more than 4-5 cm, or if they protrude beyond the large ones, this is a reason to think about plastic surgery. However, each case is individual and should be assessed primarily by a doctor.

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