Labiaplasty involves the reduction and sculpting of the labial tissue, through elaborate techniques and state-of-the-art technology. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the surgery, people don’t discuss it openly, which has led to several labiaplasty myths and misconceptions.
Common Labiaplasty Myths and Misconceptions
Vibrators and/or excessive sex leads to enlarged labia
Definitely not! Regardless of the type of sexual activity you prefer, or how many times you indulge in sex, the labia aren’t affected in any way. On the contrary, the features of the vulva are gauged by the genetic traits that you inherit from your parents.
Labiaplasty is painful
Labiaplasty deals with delicate partd of the body, so you might feel a tad uncomfortable while in recovery, but it is not painful in any way, even if it might seem counterintuitive. If there is any post-operative pain, it is temporary and can be treated with suitable pain medication. Your doctor will take care of all minute details.
It is just for cosmetic reasons
Yes, there are a lot of women who do it for enhancing the appearance of the labia aesthetically, but that isn’t the only reason. Labiaplasty has various practical applications too, because an overly long labia can be problematic. Taking part in outdoor activities like cycling or running becomes extremely uncomfortable if the labia are excessively large, and coupled with heat and sweat, it might cause constant itching.
Gynecologists perform labiaplasty procedures
A gynecologist is responsible for the overall health of this part of your body, but they are usually not trained in specific surgeries involving the labia. It requires specialized training to perform this type of procedures, which are not a part of standard medical school education.
Sexual stimulation is reduced
On the contrary, women have reported about experiencing an improvement in sexual stimulation once they underwent labiaplasty. There is no chance of your sensitivity getting diminished, because the nerve endings responsible for sexual sensation are situated elsewhere.
Labiaplasty requires a long recovery
While it is true that you should refrain from indulging intimate activities for a few weeks, the recovery time doesn’t take months – you just need to give it 4 to 6 weeks to heal properly. There is no need for a catheter nor do you have to be bedridden during this time!
Now that the labiaplasty myths are clear, you can reach an informed decision about your surgery options. If you would like to know more, talk to Dr. Usha Rajagopal, a veteran in the cosmetic surgery field with over 20 years experience.
Usha Rajagopal, MD sfcosmeticsurgery.com Phone: (415) 392-3333