The request for labiaplasty has skyrocketed in recent years with more and more women of all ages seeking labiaplasty surgery. Since I am a world renowned specialist in labaiplasty, I have seen the exponential rise in volume in my practice with each coming year. It is known that cosmetic surgery trends often can be predicted by changing fashion trends. I attribute this to additional factors, many of which can be attributed to changing norms, attitudes, and levels of self-acceptance.
What exactly is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is essentially a surgery that resculpts the labia minora to achieve a desired shape, proportion, symmetry. Women may complain of discomfort and bother related to having to “tuck things in”, avoiding certain underwear, tight clothing or certain activities as a result of enlarged or long labia. Women in their 20s may seek this surgery to achieve a more aesthetic and neat appearance that allows them to wear yoga pants, workout style casual clothes and even to adopt some of the underwear styles that trend. I have found in my practice that the neater, trimmer look is the most popular predilection away from large labia that can result in a “camel toe” appearance. Women who have birthed even one baby may also experience unwanted stretching of their labia. Women approaching menopause may also notice that the labia are not just large but start to droop unwantedly.
Surgical labiaplasty is the most effective way to achieve the desired result.
Do women who seek labiaplasty suffer from low self esteem?
For years, many leaders by women’s health organizing body like the American College of OBGYN attributed women’s desire for seeking intimate cosmetic surgery to susceptibility to pressures from social media, popularity of websites featuring women with trimmer labia and changing grooming trends.
The popularity of achieving a designer vagina has gained momentum among celebrities. The designer vagina comes in many forms such as Barbie, Trim and Fit, which are a far cry from the Playboy version popularized in the 80’s. Famous faces including the Kardashians speaking out has publicly popularized the trend towards cosmetic vaginal surgery. It suggests that it isn’t enough for theses famous faces to have just pretty lips for smiles, but also pretty lips on their labia. In today’s growing world where self care is all inclusive, vaginal care and beauty are just as important to achieve or maintain star status. Women are being defined as beautiful on the outside as well as inside and in the most private way.
As a world class expert in labiaplasty surgery as well as a recognized leader in women’s vulvovaginal health, I don’t believe women are “susceptible” or “ vulnerable” to peer pressure when they seek aesthetic vaginal surgery. In fact, it is quite the opposite— to voice a desire to improve a part of oneself and to take action toward that better version of oneself is in fact an act of courage, self-empowerment, strength.
I believe in the power of transformation which does not exclude from my point of view the part of the female body that defines femininity. The part of our bodies that defines us as female doesn’t often garner the same care or attention that other parts of our bodies do. We menstruate monthly starting in our early years of formation; we express and share ourselves sexually through this and for many women, we birth our children through this organ. Yet…how many of us think to uplift the natural beauty and youthfulness in this feminine part of the body? Labiaplasty is one example of a vaginal rejuvenating treatment toward this aim.
Labiaplasty surgery is more than a cosmetic surgery. I have seen in hundreds of women the impact this surgery has on her overall confidence. Women report living in silence, shame or embarrassment for years from scars suffered from delivery or the effects of stretching or sagging with age, or simply being born with a look that makes her feel self-conscious with her partner. What I find worse is the fear of judgement these women face by other women or members of her family when vocalizing an interest or intention for genital cosmetic surgery. Women hold the power to choose vaginal beautification surgery to improve herself and her experience in her own body, on her own terms.
My team and I will work with you every step of the way to ensure you feel comfortable, are supported, understand and are prepared for your labiaplasty surgery.
What does labiaplasty involve?
Labiaplasty surgery requires an average of three hours. This, by no means, is a 15 minute nip and tuck. During your consultation before surgery, I will take time to understand your goals, what you are looking to achieve. Some women may benefit from concomitant cosmetic procedures at the same time. This can involve a clitorplasty, a labia majoraplasty or perineoplasty. No IVs are required during my labiaplasties. You are awake the entire time. My patients recover faster without the need or use of general anesthesia. Women go home the same day and are seen that same week in my office. Most return to daily routine activities within the first two weeks. I have perfected a technique that does not involve the use of scalpels or traditional scissors during surgery to allow a much faster recovery with minimal to no scars and reduced pain. As a result, my patients have faster healing times due to the precision and less traumatic incisions with traditional scalpel or scissors. Women may experience swelling and some bruising for the first two weeks after surgery. I will see you for several visits after your surgery.
Who should perform your labiaplasty surgery—your plastic surgeon or your urogynecologist?
My practice is entirely focused on vulvovaginal and urogynecological conditions that affect women over the course of her lifetime. In my field, I am recognized as a master vaginal surgeon, having studied under the old masters themselves. I specialize in labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, prolapse surgery. Because I only operate on the vulvovaginal female anatomy, I am unfortunately positioned to see a high volume of patients who seek my expertise out for botched vaginal and labial surgery. The second surgery is always more involved and often more challenging than the first. I can’t emphasize the importance of choosing the right surgeon from the get go. Your surgeon should specialize in this area surgically and dedicate his or her time entirely to this region. I have confined my practice to intimate cosmetic surgery. I do not operate on other regions of the body because I believe that sub-specialization allows for higher volumes of cases, experience, and ultimately mastery.