Labiaplasty and vaginoplasty procedures are rising in popularity for many reasons, and candidates include women of all ages and backgrounds.

Life Circumstances

Your labia and vagina change throughout life. Having a baby, losing a significant amount of weight or aging can cause vaginal sagging and labia elongation. Loosening of the vaginal tissues and muscles may result in reduced sexual pleasure and stress urinary incontinence, while elongated labia can become irritated or painful and appear bulky in tight fitting clothing.

Women will seek vaginoplasty and labiaplasty following childbirth. During pregnancy, hormones can cause the labia to increase in size- changing the appearance of your vagina. Vaginal delivery can also stretch the vagina, loosening the vaginal muscles.

Abnormalities of the Vagina or External Genitalia

If you are suffering from vaginal or genital abnormalities, you may turn to vaginoplasty or labiaplasty. Some female genital abnormalities include:

Vaginal Hypoplasia: Underdevelopment of the vagina. A vaginoplasty can be performed to lengthen the vagina and correct vaginal hypoplasia.

Labial Fusion: Also called labial adhesion, labial fusion is when the inner labial lips, or labia minora, fuse together. Although labial adhesion is sometimes corrected through non-surgical treatment, labiaplasty may be required to separate and shape the labia minora.

Labial Hypertrophy: Abnormally large labia can be reduced and reshaped through labiaplasty.

Complications and Increased Risk

When electing to undergo vaginoplasty or labiaplasty, Dr. Nathan T. Thomas will consult with you about any risk or complicating factors:

STDs and Vaginitis: Any infection around the surgical site increases the risk of complications. If Dr. Thomas suspects an infection or STD, additional tests my be recommended prior to surgery, and infections will be treated.

Pregnancy: Women who are pregnant should not undergo elective surgical procedures. After giving birth, it is recommended you wait three to six months for your body to heal and return to its new normal. Pregnancy can also reverse your results, requiring a second surgery.

Call our office to see if vaginoplasty or labiaplasty is right for you.