A lot of women, especially after having children, feel like the lips or labia of their vaginal walls have become looser, sagging or that they have difficulty with bladder control. This can be a shameful topic, for sure. As doctors we have an obligation and compassion to be discreet, so let me give all of you women out there some peace of mind. You are not alone!
Hundreds of thousands of women each year seek “labiaplasty”, which is a procedure that tightens up the walls of a vagina after it has become loose. When skin loses elasticity due to aging or childbirth, it can be embarrassing for a woman. Sometimes a simple thing, such as coughing or sneezing, can lead to incontinence. Sex can also feel better after labiaplasty because it improves the sensitivity of the vagina for many women.
Be forewarned that surgical tightening is not a guarantee of better sexual response, more orgasms or even desire; but for some women the noticeable improvement in the tightness of the vaginal walls is enough to give them greater pleasure or stimulation with their partners during intercourse.
Labiaplasty is a form of plastic surgery that is not typically covered by insurance. It can, however, be done in conjunction with vaginoplasty, which means that both the “lips” and the inner and outer part of the vagina is tightened up by the plastic surgeon. Some women get both procedures, while others choose one or the other. It is important to note that labiaplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery which changes the appearance, while vaginoplasty is considered a type of reconstructive surgery that improves the function of that part of a woman’s body.
It is very important to know which type of cosmetic procedure you want, but this is something that Dr. Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery can discuss with you in confidence. You can ask questions about the differences between labiaplasty and vaginoplasty and decide whether either one – or both – of these highly sensitive procedures are right for you. Call (915) 590-7900 for a private consultation.