The number of misconceptions surrounding labiaplasty can create a bit of confusion regarding what the surgery is designed to accomplish, as well as how well it is tolerated by patients due to the sensitivity of the treated area. In an effort to help prospective patients discover the truth about this highly rewarding procedure, I’ve attempted to clear the air of two myths I commonly hear:
- Labiaplasty is performed to treat sexual dysfunction. In truth, labiaplasty is designed to correct or reshape irregular tissue of the labia minora and/or labia majora. While the procedure can help greatly reduce sexual discomfort caused by an enlarged or elongated labia, its purpose is not to address issues pertaining to sexual dysfunction. The operation performed to help improve sexual function is known as vaginoplasty, which many people often mistake for labiaplasty.
- Labiaplasty is very painful. Despite being performed on such a delicate and sensitive area, labiaplasty is tolerated extremely well by most patients. The procedure itself is performed either with a local anesthetic or under general anesthesia, and nothing more than over-the-counter pain medication is generally needed to alleviate any potential discomfort in the days following surgery. The majority of women feel well enough to return to office jobs and/or normal, non-strenuous activities within a few days.
These are simply two of many myths and misconceptions regarding labiaplasty. For more factual information about this procedure, or if you are interested in treatment, I encourage you to contact my office today to schedule a consultation. At this time, I can answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about labiaplasty, helping you to determine if this operation would be appropriate for your specific needs and goals.
– Dr. Enrique Silberblatt, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon