Some Thoughts About Labiaplasty

We’ve all recently heard the news about The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reporting a 40% drop in the number of people in the UK, male and female, undergoing cosmetic surgery.  The BAAPS figures also show that the fall among women was actually 47.8 %.  The sort or cosmetic procedures referred to in this particular survey include Breast augmentation or reduction, Face/Neck Lifts, Liposuction, Abdominoplasty etc.

The reasons given by various analysts for the lowest slump in demand for a decade for popular cosmetic surgery procedures include:

  • People opting for stability and the delaying of big economic or social decisions in a time of political and global uncertainty.
  • The influence of relatable celebrity trends and behaviour as reported on social media.

Labiaplasty – Practical as Well as Cosmetic

One pertinent point to take away from the survey was that numbers were not down on surgical procedures where there is no real non-surgical alternative, or where there are strong practical as well as cosmetic reasons for having the operation e.g. the removal of excess skin after significant weight loss.

It was also interesting to note that one procedure that didn’t feature in the survey results and conclusions, but is often regarded (wrongly in many cases) as being purely cosmetic, is a Labiaplasty. This is a procedure, whereby the inner “lips” or labia minora flanking the vaginal opening are trimmed.

International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) figures show that in 2015, more than 95,000 women worldwide underwent the procedure, and it was the 19th-most popular surgical procedure that year (with 22nd with vaginal rejuvenation / tightening in 22nd place with just over 50,000 procedures).

Media reports often, for example, focus on trends and possible reasons why some women may want this operation, such as

  • Tends like genital shaving causing females to focus on, and want to improve the appearance of their genitals.
  • Worries about sexual partners’ perceptions, as shaped by popular images of what female genitals ‘should’ be.

The fact is that Labiaplasty is often sought by women for many practical as well as more visual and cosmetic reasons. For example, many women are born with, or develop long / large, pigmented and sometimes painful labia. These can cause urine to spray around when they go to the toilet, and / or can get in the way and be uncomfortable in daily life and in sporting activities.  There is also a perfectly understandable element of women also feeling conscious, and not feeling entirely happy with the appearance of their labia, which in turn can affect their confidence and self-image in the sexual part of their relationships with partners.

How I Can Help

I have been carrying out Labial surgery for over 15 years. I carry out reconstructive surgery and also reduction surgery. The types of operation include labial trimming, flap Labiaplasty and the De-epithelisation.  Labiaplasty is a day case procedure and I carry out Labiaplasty in Central London, West London and Birmingham.  You can find out more on the Labiaplasty page on my website here.

For further information please contact me via my contact page here or ring my personal assistant on 020 3318 0263.

Good Reasons For Cosmetic Genital Surgery

It’s often the case that if you’re not affected by a certain problem you can never fully understand all of the feelings you can experience or just how much, and in what ways the problem can really affect you. When it comes to the increased numbers of women seeking cosmetic vaginal surgery it would be all too easy to assume that it is somehow unnecessary or related to fashion or vanity. The truth is quite different.

The fact is that situations and motivations vary greatly among women, and there are in fact many different genital cosmetic procedures for women including labiaplasty, vaginoplasty (vaginal tightening) and pelvic floor reconstruction, perineal refashioning, and hymenoplasty.

It would be true to say that things like the Internet have contributed to fashions like genital shaving which has in turn made some women more conscious about the appearance of their genitals. This in itself though is not the only reason why a woman would seek labiaplasty surgery / labial reduction.

Women seek labial reduction surgery to improve their self esteem, or because they may be embarrassed or conscious about the appearance of their genitalia, particularly if there have been relationship issues.  It may be that they have always been unhappy the appearance of their genitals and this may have caused the emotional distress over many years. Some women may for example have experienced problems since puberty, or they may want to relieve the discomfort caused by clothing in that area. Some women have pigmented and uncomfortable labia, and this may be affecting their sex life and their relationships with partners. For other women involved in certain sports such as equestrian sports or gymnastics, discomfort or self consciousness may also be reasons why they are thinking about surgical options.

The reality is that the shape, size and appearance of labia vary widely within what is normal and in some cases I will have to say that a woman will not benefit from surgery because of this. It’s also not simply a case of me operating because a woman asks me to. I collaborate closely with a psychiatrist and a psychosexual therapist and I believe that a psychological and sensitive approach is essential, as is the need to rule out body dysmorphia, and self harm.

I have been carrying out labial surgery for 15 year and when I see a patient for a Consultation, I carry out a detailed assessment of the labia and advise the patient about whether they have enlarged labia. I will then go through the types of operations which I can carry out.

For more information see my website here, or to arrange an appointment call 0203 3180263.