In today’s age of lifts, tucks and age-defying products, it should come as no surprise that every part of the body is under the surgical microscope, including our most delicate areas. Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasties are quickly becoming the latest trend in plastic surgery by everyone from older women seeking the fountain of youth, to younger women who are simply unhappy with the formation of their flower and seek a more attractive or appealing look. Whether you are curious about the surgery “down there” or contemplating it, here are a few things to keep in mind.
What is a Vaginoplasty? After countless hours of labor and eventually childbirth, our female organs undergo tons of stress and pressure. For most of us, six to eight weeks of rest and relaxation is more than enough time to heal and return to the normal feel of intercourse before pregnancy. Unfortunately, there are women who experience a loose or uncomfortable feeling when they engage in any form of intercourse. While the average person may assume that a V-plasty has to do with the outside of the vagina, it’s actually the surgical (and in some cases, laser) tightening of the tissues located on the inside of your vagina.
What is Labiaplasty? For some strange reason, it is assumed that the number of sex partners determines the look and feel of your vagina during intercourse and that couldn’t be further from the truth. For every young woman who is happy with the overall appearance of her vagina, there are an equal amount of women who feel ashamed or even embarrassed due to a fear that their vagina is unappealing. One of the biggest misconceptions about the female body is the appearance of the vagina. Believe it or not, our most sensitive part is referred to as a flower because we have two pairs of folds, known as lips (scientifically called the labia or labias). While some of us have small smooth labias, others have longer ones with what appears to be wrinkles and they tend to be darker in color. A Labiaplasty allows you to shorten them if they’re too long or seem uneven.
What are the risks? Every surgical procedure has benefits, possible side effects and risks involved. Some of the risks include scar tissue, muscle pain and a possible infection.
There are a few things you should do if you’re considering vaginal rejuvenation. Your first step is to consult your GYN. He or she can sit down and discuss your reasons for wanting the surgery and your best option. Whether its cosmetic or something deeper, they may offer non-surgical options such as Kegel exercises to boost your confidence.
Written By: Latoya Hoyte
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