Many women, though they may never express it for social reasons, are unhappy with the shape and appearance of their labia. More specifically, it is not uncommon for women to feel that their labia are too large or too long. If you're in this situation, you may be wondering whether a procedure called labiaplasty is worth it. This is a cosmetic gynecology treatment in which the labia are shortened and made smaller. Labiaplasty can be positively life-changing for some women, but it's not for everyone. Here are some pros and cons to weigh as you decide whether it's right for you.
Pros: The change is permanent.
While undergoing surgery may seem like a lot, you do get the reassurance that once the procedure is over, the results are permanent. Your labia will forever be shorter or smaller, which can give you improved self-confidence in their appearance. You won't need to undergo repeated treatments or procedures to maintain the results.
Cons: The healing process is fairly time-consuming.
Most women do heal from labiaplasty well, but doing so does require significant rest and time off from work. You'll need to stay pretty immobile for a couple of weeks. You won't be able to have sexual intercourse for a month or two, or perhaps longer. Not everyone is prepared to handle this.
Pro: Labiaplasty can improve hygiene.
Labiaplasty is usually done primarily for cosmetic reasons, but it does have some physical benefits, too. It is easier to practice good hygiene and keep the area clean with smaller labia. Many women are also more comfortable participating in sports after labiaplasty as there is less friction in the area and they don't experience as much sweat buildup. You may be less worried about odors "down there" after labiaplasty.
Con: Labiaplasty may change your ability to orgasm.
Labiaplasty does not affect the clitoris. However, some women do find that their ability to orgasm changes after the surgery. There's no reason you should not be able to orgasm once you recover, but it can take some time to adapt to the new way your labia feel to the degree that you're able to reach climax.
If you think you might benefit from labia surgery, contact a cosmetic gynecologist in your area. They can examine you and give you a better idea of how this treatment might work for you personally. With a procedure this personal, that sort of personal feedback is so important.
Reach out to a cosmetic gynecologist to learn more.