A new study has discovered patients who undergo a labiaplasty see a marked improvement in their quality of life. The procedure, often referred to as a ‘vaginal rejuvenation’, is often dismissed as a mere cosmetic change, but it can have a profound impact on self-confidence.
Here, we’ll look at what the new study found and what you should know about the labiaplasty procedure.
The benefits of a labiaplasty assessed
The study, published in the September issue of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal, alongside the official ASPS journal, looked into the benefits of a labiaplasty. Few studies have been previously carried out to determine the impact the surgery has on quality of life.
The study included 62 women aged 17-61 who had undergone a labiaplasty procedure. They were asked to fill out a questionnaire relating to symptoms caused by excess vaginal tissue prior to the procedure. They then completed another questionnaire during a follow-up appointment.
Prior to surgery, each patient had at least one of the 11 symptoms commonly reported in those with excess tissue. The main symptom included feeling self-conscious about the issue, with 93.5% admitting it impacting their confidence. Other symptoms included difficulty with clothing and intimacy issues.
After undergoing the procedure, the majority of patients were symptom free. Just 6.5% of patients still felt self-conscious after the surgery. Issues with intimacy saw the biggest improvement, with all patients seeing their symptoms disappear.
They concluded the quality of life for labiaplasty patients improved significantly after the procedure.
What is a labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty aims to correct the appearance and improve the hygiene of the labia. The surgical procedure changes the shape and size of the inner and outer labia to achieve desired results.
The surgery takes around one hour, either under a short general anaesthetic, or local anaesthesia in some cases. Most patients return home the same day and the recovery is fairly straight forward. Although it is a quick procedure, it is important to make sure you’re choosing an experienced, reliable surgeon.
Who is an ideal candidate?
Most women are ideal candidates for labiaplasty, though there are some exceptions. For example, the procedure isn’t recommended to be carried out on anyone under the age of 18. You should also be in good overall health.
To learn more about the labiaplasty procedure, book a consultation with Mr Tulley today.