Labiaplasty or “aesthetic vulval surgeries” are performed for medical, hygienic, psychological, and sexual problems. So, when performed with the proper technique they have both aesthetic and functional gains.
In this section, the answers to the questions frequently asked by our patients such as "to whom genital plastic surgery is performed, for what reasons, what kind of benefits other than aesthetics provide, what are the thoughts of those who have labiaplasty and genital plastic surgery" are discussed item by item.
The people who have genital aesthetics and labiaplasty operations apply to private hospitals or clinics with different expectations and different problems they experience. The complaints about the genital areas of those who have or are considering having genital aesthetics and their thoughts about the operations are discussed below.
Some of those who have had genital plastic surgery state that they want to change their physical appearance to feel better and increase their self-confidence. The appearance of their external genitalia can be perceived as an embarrassing defect for them. The main reasons for all aesthetic operations such as breast aesthetics, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck),and liposuction are similar: Lack of self-confidence, wanting to feel better psychologically.
Some women may experience emotional stress due to the anatomical features and appearance of their genitals. Being ashamed, avoidance of marriage, and even dating relationships are common behaviors. Those who have or are considering having genital plastic surgery may have different feelings.
Some of the women who have had labiaplasty state that they experience hygienic problems due to the anatomical features of their external genitalia and that they have genital infections quite frequently. Sweating of the genital area, bad smell, and frequent fungal infections are among the complaints. Remarkably, the ‘smegma’ accumulated on the inner lips after sports is an important hygienic problem for those considering labiaplasty.
Some women who have had genital plastic surgery state that they experience sociological problems such as avoiding wearing tight tights, pants, bikinis, etc. Inability to wear a bikini and avoiding social environments are common avoidance behaviors, mainly due to the appearance of protruding from the outside because of the anatomical structure of the external genitalia.
The two-sided stance of the big lips in trousers or tights is the appearance known as 'Camel toe'. While some women especially desire this view, others are quite dissatisfied with it.
Today, different silicone pads have been produced that can be attached to underwear, give the appearance of camel toe, or, on the contrary, hide it.
Some women have trouble wearing tight trousers, riding a horse, riding a bike, or using tampons due to irritation and strain.
Most of the patients who are considering labiaplasty complain of irritation of the genital area due to friction.
Congenital or acquired anatomical defects bring many functional problems and aesthetic concerns. For this reason, patients who have labiaplasty are also quite high.
Those who have genital aesthetics think that they feel more comfortable both in appearance and functionality.
Detachment of the left genital lip due to falling from a bicycle
Some women have trouble wearing tight trousers, riding a horse, riding a bike, or using tampons due to irritation and strain. Most of the patients who are considering labiaplasty complain of irritation of the genital area due to friction.
Those who consider having vaginal tightening surgery especially experience vaginal enlargement (relaxation) problems related to birth and age. These patients are faced with problems such as the feeling of bloating during sexual intercourse, urinary incontinence problems, and decreased sexual pleasure. Vaginal enlargement can also be a source of problems for male partners.
Genetic predisposition, poor quality collagen structure, aging, births, smoking, chronic irritation affect both the appearance and function of the genital area negatively. With aesthetic genital surgeries, such undesirable complaints are reduced, positive changes occur in people's lives, and self-confidence is restored.
Some women face pain due to stretching during intercourse or the need to strain while urinating due to their large, long genital lips. Some of those who consider labiaplasty surgery consider having genital plastic surgery because of this problem they experience during intercourse rather than an aesthetic problem.
The surgeon's experience is important in matters such as to whom genital aesthetic operations will be performed, which indication will be taken into account, and which technique will be used in operation. The anatomical structure and the patient's wishes are also critical when deciding on the operation. For example, labiaplasty operation techniques or vaginoplasty techniques can be different in every patient.
Below are the genital aesthetic stories of some of the dozens of patients who have surgery in our clinic every month.
A 24-year-old patient of mine, who came to my clinic for labial revision, hated the tissues that she thought as excess in her genital area, was unaware of the plastic surgery of this area, and at the age of 16, she cut her inner lips on her own with a bread knife, rubbed olive oil on it to stop the bleeding and waited by sitting on it. After eight years, she applied to me for aesthetic correction of these inner genital lips, which had healed unevenly.
One of my patients, who applied for labiaplasty, stated that she searched the internet for her 'odd' appearance and had a chromosome test done with the thought that she might be a 'hermaphrodite (androgynous)'. The result of the chromosome test showed that she had a female chromosome. However, the tissue size covering her clitoris and the excess skin caused my patient to doubt her gender.
Another 42-year-old patient, who was quite successful in her business, started crying right after being given light sedation anesthesia and shared her interesting story with me.
My patient told through tears that she was constantly postponing the surgery because she was afraid of this surgery, which she had been considering for years, but hated her femininity due to the abnormality in her inner lips, that she could not get close to any of her boyfriends, that she was still a virgin, and that she could not even think of getting married.
When she came for the control two months after the operation, a woman stood in front of me with much self-confidence. It was as if I had met a different person.
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