According to recent international research, there’s a new contender for most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.
Step aside the breast augmentation or nose job: more and more women across the world are choosing to undergo a labiaplasty procedure in order to improve the look of their genitals. According to data from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of labiaplasty surgeries carried out in 2016 rose by a staggering 45 per cent.
So, what is a labiaplasty and why is it becoming so popular?
The labiaplasty procedure explained
A labiaplasty is designed to enhance the look of the genitals by shortening the length of the labia minora, more commonly known as the labia lips. It can also be performed to reduce discomfort that many women feel due to chafing as they exercise.
One of the most surprising things revealed in the latest research is that the procedure is proving popular across the globe. The USA leads the way with 13,266 procedures carried out in 2016, followed closely by Brazil, Russia, Spain and Germany.
There are a number of techniques that can be used during a labiaplasty. A scalpel is most commonly used to cut excess tissue away, but some surgeons may prefer to use a laser. It’s performed under a local or general anaesthetic and once the tissue has been removed, dissolvable stitches may be required. All in all, it takes approximately two hours to complete the surgery.
The procedure itself, like any cosmetic surgery, does come with risks. Therefore, it’s important for women to be 100 per cent certain it’s something they want.
Labiaplasty: risks and recovery time
Before deciding whether or not to undergo a labiaplasty, it’s essential you understand the risks involved and what to expect from the recovery.
The main risks include bleeding, scarring, infection and reduced sensitivity. There’s a small chance a blood clot could develop within the vein, or you could have an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic. However, these risks are quite rare.
In terms of recovery, the skin may take a couple of months to fully heal. It’s also likely you’ll need to take a little time off work. London cosmetic surgeon Mr Paul Tulley will give you a list of aftercare instructions to follow and you should expect some level of pain or discomfort.
Overall, in many cases, a labiaplasty can help to boost confidence and reduce discomfort. However, it is important to book a consultation to discuss the procedure and discover whether it really is the right option for you.