5 Things You Should Know Before You Consider Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery

Are you considering a vaginal cosmetic makeover? As more women are falling into the stress of societal acceptance of the “ideal” body, the shape and size of the labia are also becoming a trend in cosmetic surgery.

Just like any surgical procedure, Labiaplasty comes with its share of pain, bruising, scarring, and other risks.  However, there are a few things you need to know before you consider this procedure.

Here are 5 things you should know before you consider vaginal cosmetic surgery.

Not every woman actually needs it

Many girls as young as 15 are considering the procedure, simply because they think their vulvas must look a certain way. However, it is not always a necessary procedure as many do not need it. Your doctor will look for signs of other body dysmorphia and determine whether you will make a great candidate for vaginoplasty.

Candidates vary in reasons

For some woman, the inner lips are often large in volume that they have trouble wearing a tampon or experience painful sex, inflammation or chafing. This makes you the ideal candidate for labiaplasty. Other potential candidates are those who are psychologically distraught of their labia and the appearance. Many women choose to undergo vaginal cosmetic surgery due to an uneven appearance as one labia looks larger than the other.

The procedure is fast

While there is more than one way to complete the surgery, most patients opt for the same day operation through anesthesia, recovery for a few hours, and released to go home. This depends on the individual as there are many procedures that can reduce the size of the labia or make it appear more symmetrical.

Recovery process is often underestimated

During the time of recovery, the process is often underestimated by patients. Surgeons often use dissolvable sutures to remove the need for stitches after the procedure. To prevent infection, patients are asked to soak in a salt bath then dry the area with cool air.

Insurance covers the procedure on special circumstances

If the patient has a congenital condition, the insurance company will often cover it. However, if it is for cosmetic reasons, you will have to pay out of pocket for the procedure.


Before you consider the procedure, now’s the time to determine if the treatment is right for you. Keep in mind that not all patients opt for vaginal cosmetic surgery for aesthetic goals but also to treat congenital conditions.