Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are often considered the same by most people, and if you agree, there is a misconception.
Plastic surgery, as we all know, is an alteration procedure of the human body for a variety of reasons. It is restoration of the normal functionality of part of the body or embellishment of the same (that’s where cosmetic surgery comes in).
Cosmetic surgery is the beautification of any body part with eventual normal functionality. It is elective, and the last decade has ushered with tremendous development in cosmetic surgery trends. It would not be wrong to say that there has been an immense growth of non-traditional procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tucks, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), labiaplasty, and vaginal rejuvenation.
WHAT IS LABIAPLASTY?
Today, women are a lot more expressive and vocal about any change or problem that they come across related to their bodies. These frank talks are the main reasons for the high percentage of growth in labiaplasty or vulva surgery. As the name suggests, it is a procedure done to reshape the labia majora or the minora, or in simple words, it aims at reducing the size of the so-called ‘vaginal lips.’
WHY LABIAPLASTY SURGERY?
Labiaplasty is not always necessary for most people. It is elective cosmetic surgery. Often, it is done because it is assumed that smaller labia are more desirable.
So, enlarged labia does not mean you have any medical issues. Sometimes it may go unnoticed, and many women never face any problem caused by their labia’s shape. But, a few of them find the bulge in their clothing embarrassing, like when they wear bathing suits.
Women have also gone through chronic infections during periods, irritation, and pain or discomfort during horseback riding or bike riding. They have also recognized discomfort during sexual foreplay or intercourse.
Though, as mentioned above, these are the problems faced by only a few women; it is not common. According to a report, around 10,000 labiaplasty surgeries are done every year.
THE RIGHT PATIENT AND THE RIGHT TIME
Some women are more bothered about the size and shape of their enlarging labia with age and are unhappy and dissatisfied with it. In contrast, others experience discomfort while doing certain activities. Whatsoever the reason is, labiaplasty can be an option for you.
You must be concerned with the size, shape, or symmetry of your labia but not be hungry for perfection at the same time. A right candidate has good general health and realistic expectations.
Labiaplasty, while being straightforward, is time-consuming at the same time. You may need to give some time to the healing process (usually, you may return to your gentle activities within a week.). Therefore, you should schedule your procedure when you can devote time and attention to the healing process.
HOW MUCH DOES LABIAPLASTY SURGERY COST?
The price may run between $4,000 to $6,000 plus the other charges. However, the cost may be covered by your insurance if your gynecologist documents your complaints and discomfort and deems it medically necessary.
If you experience any discomfort and feel that it may be a symptom of enlarged labia, it is recommended to consult a gynecologist and have a labiaplasty surgery.