Labial hypertrophy is a condition that affects many women in the UK, causing an enlarged or asymmetrical labia. While labial asymmetry is perfectly normal, it can still take a toll on our self-confidence. The good news is that labial hypertrophy is typically harmless and can be addressed with cosmetic surgery if desired.
So, if you’re feeling self-conscious about your labia, know that you’re not alone, and there are options available to help you feel your best, such as a labiaplasty.
What causes labial hypertrophy?
Enlarged labia often have no underlying cause and can change in size and shape throughout a woman’s life due to hormonal fluctuations and ageing. Pregnancy can also cause labial hypertrophy due to increased blood flow to the area. In some cases, labial hypertrophy is genetic and can be present from birth or seen before puberty.
While it’s rare for any woman to have perfectly symmetrical labia, an obvious difference in size between the two can lead to a loss of self-esteem. It’s important to note that this condition is typically harmless and not linked to any serious medical conditions.
What is a labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty, also called a labia reduction, is a surgical procedure for women who feel their labia minora is too large or asymmetrical.
The procedure involves removing excess tissue from the labia and reshaping them to achieve a more desirable appearance. It can also be used to correct issues with asymmetry. The surgery is typically performed under local or general anaesthetic, and usually takes between one to two hours.
Patients may experience some swelling and bruising in the area after the procedure, and will need to avoid sexual activity and strenuous exercise for several weeks.
Can a labiaplasty be used to increase volume?
A labiaplasty isn’t just beneficial for reducing the size and altering the shape of the labia. It can also be used to increase the volume if preferred.
Labiaplasty with fat transfer is a surgical procedure that increases the volume of the labia majora. Often performed in conjunction with laser energy treatments, the goal is to achieve optimal results.
During the procedure, which typically lasts between 30-60 minutes, the patient is under local anaesthetic. Fat is removed from another area of the body, purified, and then carefully injected in thin layers into the labia majora. This technique ensures a natural-looking result.
If you are interested in undergoing a labiaplasty, book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley today.