Labiaplasty surgery, a procedure aimed at altering the appearance of the labia minora or majora, has gained attention in recent years. Despite its increasing popularity, several misconceptions and myths persist about this intimate cosmetic surgery. These myths often cloud people’s understanding and can hinder individuals from making informed decisions about their bodies. Let’s delve into some of the most prevalent myths surrounding labiaplasty surgery that Dr. Amalfi hears regularly from women seeking the procedure.
Myth 1: Labiaplasty is purely for cosmetic reasons.
Reality: While aesthetic concerns can prompt individuals to consider labiaplasty, it’s crucial to recognize that this surgery isn’t solely about appearance. Women may seek labiaplasty due to discomfort caused by enlarged or asymmetrical labia, leading to physical discomfort during activities like exercise, intercourse, or wearing certain clothing. The procedure aims to alleviate these discomforts and improve a person’s quality of life.
Myth 2: Labiaplasty results look obvious and people will be able to tell you’ve had it done.
Reality: Results from labiaplasty surgery are incredibly natural. There is no reason that anyone, including an intimate partner, should be able to tell that you’ve had the procedure. Scars are placed naturally within the folds of the labia and fade well over time.
Myth 3: Labiaplasty affects sexual sensation negatively.
Reality: When performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon, labiaplasty typically does not diminish sexual pleasure. In some cases, the surgery may even enhance sexual satisfaction by reducing discomfort during intercourse. Finding a board certified plastic surgeon who performs many labiaplasty procedures and has a mastery of the anatomy will help you achieve safe results. A discussion about sensation and all of the risks and benefits will be a part of your personalized consultation with Dr. Amalfi.
Myth 4: You shouldn’t have a labiaplasty before pregnancy and childbirth because the labia are going to get bigger after kids.
Reality: For most, the changes to the labia after pregnancy and childbirth are minor. For many patients with congenital labia that are large, the comfort and confidence that comes with having a labiaplasty makes it worth pursuing prior to having children.
Myth 5: Labiaplasty is only for women of a certain age group.
Reality: Labiaplasty candidates come from diverse age groups and backgrounds. Women of various ages may experience discomfort or dissatisfaction with the appearance of their labia, and thus opt for this procedure. We see young women with concerns after puberty, women in their childbearing years, and women who are perimenopausal and now interested in addressing their concerns. The decision to undergo labiaplasty should be based on personal concerns and discussions with Dr. Amalfi rather than age-related stereotypes.
Myth 6: The excess labia tissue will grow back eventually.
Reality: Excess skin and tissue that is removed will not grow back. Similar to a reduction of the breasts, once this tissue is removed your new contour is going to last. Skin will of course change and age with time which can lead to minor changes, but patients are typically happy with their results lifelong.
Myth 7: Labiaplasty recovery is lengthy and extremely painful.
Reality: Recovery experiences vary among individuals, but in general, the recovery period after labiaplasty is relatively short. Most patients can resume normal activities within a few days to a week. Discomfort and swelling are common in the initial days, but proper post-operative care and pain management strategies recommended by Dr. Amalfi can help alleviate these issues. Many of our patients find that lying flat helps reduce swelling in the early days, and that ice is the best form of pain relief. Most are back to work and on their feet at one week, back to the gym at three weeks, and can resume sexual activity and use tampons by eight weeks.
Labiaplasty remains a subject of curiosity and misunderstanding, leading to various myths surrounding the procedure. It’s imperative to separate fact from fiction when considering any form of surgery, particularly one as personal as labiaplasty. Seeking guidance from a qualified surgeon, understanding the procedure, discussing expectations, risks, and recovery is crucial for anyone contemplating labiaplasty. Ultimately, making an informed decision that aligns with your personal needs and goals is key in navigating this aspect of cosmetic surgery.