Plastic surgeons, including Dr. Carlos Chacon of Divino Plastic Surgery in San Diego are receiving an increasing number of requests for labiaplasty, an elective surgical procedure that trims and tweaks large or long labial tissue. Why are so many women concerned about reshaping this area? Dr. Chacon shares the most commonly cited reasons here.
Discomfort with Exercise
Excess labial tissue can make it difficult and uncomfortable to exercise — especially high-intensity activities such as running and aerobics. Riding a bicycle is a particularly uncomfortable activity for women with large or long labia.
Evident in Leggings and Bathing Suits
Prominent or protruding labia can look obvious in snug or tight clothing, including leggings, workout gear and bathing suits. Women may feel as though they need to “tuck themselves in” to a certain style of clothing to avoid exposing the outline of their genitals.
Long or large labia can easily become pinched or irritated, even while sitting. The tissues can also bleed or develop rashes. Sexual intercourse may be unbearable for some women as the labia becomes pinched or tugged (this can lead to sexual dysfunction). Keeping the genitals clean and hygienic may also be problematic due to excess tissue in the area that holds moisture.
Some women simply do not like the look of excess tissue or asymmetrical labia, and feel self-conscious during sexual intimacy. They often describe feeling embarrassed or ashamed of their full outer labia on display.
What Labiaplasty Achieves
Labiaplasty reduces the size of enlarged labia while also improving the symmetry. Certain labiaplasty patients have always been self-conscious of the way their labia look, and others have noticed changes due to childbirth, sexual intercourse or the natural aging process.
The goal of most labiaplasty procedures is to create a smooth genital area in which the outer labia appear to be sealed, without the inner labia (labia minora) protruding through. Making these modifications essentially eliminates the aforementioned concerns with appearance, comfort and hygiene.
Learn More about Labiaplasty
To learn more about the labiaplasty procedure and what it entails, please contact Divino Plastic Surgery and make an appointment with Dr. Chacon. We can be reached by calling (858) 633-7546 or by sending us an email.