Labia Reduction Surgery
Dr. Jugenburg is a respected expert Labiaplasty Surgeon who teaches other Plastic Surgeons and residents on his surgical techniques. Dr. Jugenburg performs these procedures frequently and is a sought after expert on cosmetic genital surgery
A Labiaplasty is a safe procedure that removes excess tissue in order to decrease and change the size of the enlarged inner genital lips. The desire and need for maintaining and improving genital health is constantly evolving in today’s society, so Labiaplasties are actually quite popular and on the rise!
Many women have enlarged labia lips (also referred to as vaginal lips, inner labia or labia minora) that protrude beneath their labia majora (outer labia). A large labia can form as a part of aging, hormonal changes, or during stretching of childbirth. Women with large labias may suffer from various symptoms and may be uncomfortable or embarrassed with their appearance. If you’ve lived with this condition for years, there is a relatively and effective minor procedure that can dramatically improve your life- a labiaplasty!
Labia Reduction Surgery in the Media
Labia reduction surgery has been featured in magazines, raising awareness of this procedure and how it can help countless women who suffer in silence.
What Is A ‘Normal’ Labia?
During childhood the labia minora does not extend past labia majora. However, as Labia Minoras age, they enlarge and can hang outside of the outer labia. There are many reasons that can cause the labia stretching such as gravity, sex, hormonal changes, injury, pregnancy, childbirth or weight-loss. The enlargement and appearance causes embarrassment and discomfort for many women, which is why labia reduction surgery is ideal.
Symptoms of Large Labia
Large labia can cause various symptoms such as pain and discomfort during physical activities, sexual intercourse, or simply while wearing tight-fitting clothes. Large labia are irritated during sports such a bike-riding, horse-riding. During sex large labia can get pulled causing discomfort or outright pain, causing the patient physical and emotional distress. This can cause insecurity and embarrassment for the sexual partner as well.
What Is The Goal Of A Labiaplasty?
A ‘youthful’ appearance, when labia minora not outwardly visible while standing, is the goal of a labiaplasty. A study recently published on the ‘normal’ anatomy of the labia found that patients happy with their labia had labia that was 1.5 wide, while patients requesting labia reduction surgery had labia that was on average 3.5cm wide. Increasing labia size was associated with increasing dissatisfaction among women.
Reasons to Consider Labiaplasty (Labia Reduction)
When it comes to labiaplasty (labia reduction surgery), some women do it for purely cosmetic reasons while others have fundamental functional issues. A 2008 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that 32% of patients undergo the surgery for corrective and functional impairment while 37% percent for aesthetic reasons alone. There are various surgical techniques that cure this condition, the choice depends on the unique characteristics of your anatomy. The labiaplasty procedure does not interfere in anyway with the feel of labial skin or sexual satisfaction. Women may consider labiaplasty when their labia manora or excessive skin are causing problems with:
- Concerns with irregular appearance due to size, discoloration, or length (asymmetric, protuberant, or cosmetically undesirable)
- Concerns with intercourse (pain/pulling/discomfort/irritation)
- Concerns during physical activities like walking, riding, cycling, exercising (pain, pulling, soreness or irritation)
- Feeling discomfort when wearing certain tight fitting clothes, lingerie or bikinis
- Personal hygiene or odor issues
- Difficulty using tampons
- Multi-directional urine stream
- Embarrassment when showering in the presence of others, at the gym for example
- Loss of sexual confidence or enjoyment which can eventually lead to reluctance in intimate relationships