For a lot of people, especially women, cosmetic surgery is an option to help improve their appearance and self esteem, even issues concerning the genital area. For some women though, plastic surgery in the genital area can lead to a normal life and intimacy in a relationship, instead of a life spent in shame and embarrassment because of deformities in the appearance and function of the genitals due to birth defects, injuries, or other factors. In some countries, genital mutilation still occurs, and these women may be horribly scarred and disfigured in the labial area. Plastic surgery can remove and contour the tissue in the labia, vagina, and mons pubis, making it appear natural and normal instead of mutilated or disfigured. Even women in America may choose to have labial reduction or reconstruction done for a number of reasons that are for normal functionhave rather than just for cosmetic reasons. This does not mean these women are not happy with the new look, but the reason they sought treatment was not for their appearance. It is usually because the enlarged or stretched out labia keep getting caught during exercise and activities, and causes them to have pain.
Injury is another reason that plastic surgery may be needed on the labia or vagina. Sometimes the structure is damaged or destroyed due to a traumatic injury to the area, and these structures and tissues must be replaced and rebuilt. Some women have tumors that need resection leaving a bad deformity. A vaginaplasty or labiaplasty, or both, can restore the appearance and function of the vagina to give it a normal function, appearance, and feel. The procedure can be simple or complex, depending on the severity of the trauma and the amount of surgery needed. Most procedures only take an hour or two, and you can usually go home the same day. Full recovery may take only six weeks usually, and recovery can involve a minimum of discomfort with proper medication. An antibiotic is usually prescribed along with pain medications, to prevent any infections or other complications. Health insurances may not cover the purely cosmetic procedures but may cover the procedures done for reconstruction. So if the procedures are done for cosmetic reasons only health insurance will not cover them, but if there is an injury or underlying condition present that requires medical treatment most insurances will cover these surgeries. Check with your insurance company to determine whether your surgery would be considered a medically necessary treatment or a cosmetic procedure. You may be surprised by the answer, and you will know what expenses you will be expected to cover.