Florence Mussat, M.D.
680 N Lake Shore Dr. #1030 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 751-9000


Why Do Women Choose Labiaplasty?

If you’re like most women, the idea of having your “lady parts” operated on probably induces a cringe. However, it’s important not to discount the many potential benefits of labiaplasty surgery. Today, more and more women are choosing to have this operation to improve both their sex lives and their self-confidence. Here’s what you need to know before booking a consultation:

What is Labiaplasty Surgery?

Labiaplasty is not highly invasive, but due to the delicate nature of the tissues involved, it’s important to find the right surgeon and adhere to proper recovery protocol. During labiaplasty, your surgeon will numb your labial area with local anesthetic, meaning you won’t feel any pain during this procedure. Your surgeon will then make a series of small incisions and remove any loose skin that is present before suturing the tissue closed so that it can heal. The process typically takes under two hours, and you’ll be able to go home soon after. Just expect to be very careful with the area that’s been operated on for the next four to six weeks: You’ll be given special cleaning instructions to prevent infection and you’ll be asked to avoid any vigorous activity, including sex. Remember that the tissue will be prone to tearing while it’s still healing, so proper care is of the utmost importance.

Most labiaplasty patients can return to work after about one week. If you work a highly active job, however, this may not be the case. Make sure to discuss your career with Dr. Mussat when you come in for a consultation; this way, she can help you plan your recovery properly.

Why Do Some Women Need to Have a Labiaplasty?

The labia minora (the fragile, hairless folds of skin that surround the vagina) are usually housed within the tougher, hair-covered labia majora. This arrangement prevents the labia minora from becoming irritated or damaged during normal activities; meanwhile, the labia minora help to seal off the vagina so that dirt and bacteria don’t get inside.

In some women, however, this natural arrangement is out of order. Their labia minora are too large and therefore protrude beyond the labia majora, putting the labia minora at risk of damage and irritation. This condition can either occur due to a congenital defect (that is to say, the woman is born with it or develops it during puberty) or due to the stresses of childbirth. During vaginal birth, the labia must stretch to many times its normal size in order to allow the baby to pass through the birth canal. Sometimes the labia minora are able to return to their usual size, but more often than not, they remain enlarged. For this reason, labiaplasty surgery is often included as part of a mommy makeover.

What are the Benefits of Labiaplasty?

If you’re suffering from an enlarged labia minora, you stand to gain a lot from labiaplasty surgery:

1. Labiaplasty will dramatically reduce irritation and your risk of infection.

Because the labia minora are so delicate, even normal movements (like walking and sitting down) can cause the labia minora to chafe if they’re not protected by the labia majora. Over time, this chafing becomes chronic and damaging, increasing a woman’s risk of infection. By placing the labia minora inside the labia majora, labiaplasty can greatly increase comfort and prevent this risk.

2. Labiaplasty can improve your sex life.

Labiaplasty enhances sexuality in a couple of different ways. One, it’s been shown to improve vaginal sensation, making it easier for women to achieve climax. Two, by making the labia minora smaller, labiaplasty can reduce chafing during sex. This makes sex less painful and more enjoyable for women who were previously impacted by an enlarged labia minora.

3. Labiaplasty can reduce self-consciousness.

Even though having an enlarged labia minora is nothing to be ashamed of, many women with this condition feel extremely self-conscious about the appearance of their vaginal area. This can cause them to avoid intimacy, placing a strain on their relationships and their personal happiness. Labiaplasty is therefore often vital to helping women affected by congenital or pregnancy-related labial abnormalities reclaim a healthy sex life.

Learn More About Labiaplasty

In terms of comfort, confidence, and sexual enjoyment, few procedures can match what the labiaplasty has to offer. If you would like to know more about this procedure, feel free to contact us and schedule a consultation. As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Mussat can answer any questions you may have with compassion and insight.