It’s amazing how difficult it is to do research on labiaplasty without coming across the term “vaginaplasty.” Or how hard it is to find something on vaginaplasty without getting overloaded with information on labiaplasty. Why is that? It’s because the procedures are so much alike that to a lot of people, they are the same thing.
Surprise: They’re not the same….and neither are they completely different. There are striking similarities between labiaplasty and vaginaplasty. But there are even more important differences. Let’s take a look at how the two are similar….and how they differ.
* The most important similarity between labiaplasty and vaginaplasty is that both refer to cosmetic procedures that the female gets on her vaginal area. Also, they are usually performed by the same cosmetic surgeon.
* But the actual procedure itself is somewhat different. A labiaplasty refers to the procedure in which the lips to the female’s external genitalia are repaired. Vaginaplasty, on the other hand, refers to a repair of the vagina itself, i.e., a portion of the female’s inner genitalia.
The reasons for the two procedures are also somewhat different. A woman gets a labiaplasty usually if she believes her labia (the external lips) are too big or saggy. Those who get vaginaplasty, however, do so usually following childbirth, in order to re-tighten the vaginal wall muscles.
The point of this information is this: You should understand that whether you’re seeking the repair of the vagina following the birth of a child, or seeking to make enlarged labia smaller, you will likely consult the same cosmetic surgeon. But you should also understand that one is done usually to alleviate physical and emotional discomfort (labiaplasty) while the other is done to restore full sexual sensitivity (vaginaplasty). Therefore, you need to know which one you’re getting and for what purpose.