If your long labia have always made you feel self-conscious and even physically uncomfortable, then you may want to look into labia reduction surgery, also known as labiaplasty. This cosmetic surgery procedure has become more common over the years, so there are many surgeons who are experienced with performing it and will do a good job. But as with any surgery, it's important to weigh the pros and cons before you sign on the dotted line and go under the knife.
Pros of Labia Reduction Surgery
After labiaplasty, most women report feeling more confident during sexual encounters. This confidence could have a huge impact on your life and relationships. Confidence in the bedroom often translates to confidence in other areas of life, such as your social life and career. It can also allow you to feel less inhibited sexually, which can lead to a deeper relationship with your intimate partner.
Labiaplasty also increases your comfort throughout the day. You won't have to worry about your labia rubbing and becoming sore when you wear tight clothing. You may be able to wear underwear and pants you found uncomfortable in the past, allowing you to expand your style. Less friction also means a lower risk of sores and infections. Activities like riding horses and riding bikes may be more comfortable, too.
Cons of Labia Reduction Surgery
Labiaplasty is not typically covered by health insurance, since it is considered a cosmetic procedure. Depending on the region you live in, the size of your labia, and your surgeon's reputation, you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $8,000 for the procedure. Many surgeons offer financing plans to make payment more realistic, but it's important to keep costs in mind, particularly if you're on a tight budget.
As with all surgeries, there is also a risk of side effects to anesthesia. If you've had issues with general anesthesia before, some surgeons will perform the procedure under local anesthetic. There's also a risk of infection following the surgery. You can minimize this risk by following your doctor's aftercare instructions carefully. (These will include instructions for keeping the area clean and avoiding sexual activity for several weeks.) You will be sore for a few weeks after surgery, so you'll need to make sure you can take at least a few days off of work and can afford to lay low for a few weeks after that.
If you have the money and can afford to take it easy for a few weeks, having labia reduction surgery can be life changing. Talk to a cosmetic gynecologist to learn more.