Labiaplasty is a procedure to cut the excess skin from your inner vaginal lips. For many women, the labia minora or inner vaginal lips (vulva) protrude past the labia majora. The excess tissue for the most part is harmless, but in some cases can cause severe irritation and discomfort during normal activities such as wearing clothes, moving, or sex. Several things can cause the labia minora to be excessive. It is not an indication of promiscuity or sexual history. It could come from childbirth or genuinely be the birth anatomy. If you are uncomfortable with the look of your vulva, or its anatomy causes issues then labiaplasty may be an option for you. But first, there are a few things to consider before surgery.

Doctor And Facilities

Choosing a doctor is a very important decision. You want a doctor that is honest, transparent, and familiar with the procedure. The doctor should have a history of successful procedures. Research your physician with the state they practice in and be sure to tour your medical facilities and ensure the facility is equipped for the procedure and meets sanitary guidelines.

Necessity

With all surgeries, there are risks involved. Labiaplasty is no different therefore it’s imperative to make sure it is something that you really want to do. Consider your reasons. Are you seeking labiaplasty because you are not satisfied with the aesthetic value of your vulva? Would reshaping your vulva bring you more confidence? Do you suffer from irritation or pain? Is it uncomfortable or unbearable? These questions matter because they determine if your insurance would cover any parts of this procedure.

Insurance Coverage & Cost

Labiaplasty costs about $7,000 on average. Most insurances do not cover it because it’s considered cosmetic or elective surgery. This means that it’s not medically necessary. However, depending on how your doctor codes the procedure, part of it, if not all can be covered.

Healing Time

Labiaplasty takes about six weeks for the sutures to heal. That means no sex (oral or physical) or masturbation. Total healing can take about six months or so. During the healing process, you have to be extremely hygienic and keep the area clean. You must follow your discharge instructions to the T to prevent complications such as infection or rupturing your sutures.

Scheduling

Timing is important. You want to consider your home or work obligations and the amount of time you may need off. Schedule it when you have the necessary time to heal and have assistance. If you’re a highly sexual person, schedule it during the times your sex drive is low.

Benefits

Labiaplasty allows individuals to regain confidence and eliminates discomfort. Because no nerves are severed and the excess skin is removed, patients have noted that sex is more pleasurable citing that they are able to feel more.

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