If you are concerned about the appearance of your labia, you are not alone.
Many women wonder at one point or another if their labia minora, or inner labia, are supposed to hang over the majora or outer labia.
Not from a medical perspective.
Labia come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and colors. There is no “normal” appearance. However, like other parts of our bodies (our breasts, for example) what may not bother Jill may drive Jackie crazy.
Enlarged vaginal lips, referred to medically as labial hypertrophy, is a condition in which one or both sides of the labia are larger than normal. The condition can affect the inner labia or the outer labia, the two large folds of fatty tissue covering the vagina.
As doctors, we see it as a natural fluctuation in the human body. Just as one breast may be larger than the other, differences in the labia are usual. Some people are born with enlarged labia, while it may develop over time due to hormonal fluctuations in others during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause.
You are not alone.
Many women report concerns about the appearance of their labia. They complain of chafing and discomfort while exercising. Others are self-conscious about how they appear when wearing certain types of clothing.
If it bothers you - it’s easily correctable.
A labiaplasty is a skin surgery that aims to reduce the size of the labia minora and tuck the tissue back into the proper anatomical position. Because it is just a skin surgery, it does not affect sexual sensation or function.
Dr. Parcells is an expert in the field of labiaplasty and routinely performs this procedure. Her patients love that she is approachable and her entire team supportive throughout the surgical process.
The procedure itself is straightforward and takes less than an hour. It should be performed in a surgical setting to avoid complications including wound breakdown and infection. Local numbing medicine is injected to avoid post-surgical pain. The recovery takes several days. Most patients do not require strong pain medication and are back to their usual daily activities in about 3-5 days.
This procedure is considered elective and is not covered by medical insurance. Still, many plastic surgeons offer financing options such as Care Credit.
Both younger and older women alike are often thrilled with their results and wish they had it taken care of sooner.
To learn more, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Parcells today.
Parcells Plastic Surgery offers the most advanced surgical and cosmetic medical spa treatments to women in New Jersey.
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