Labial and Vaginal Reconstruction
Conditions that may require labial or vaginal reconstruction:
- Enlarged labia
- Scarring or distortion of the vagina or labia
- Vaginal Laxity
- Labial cysts
- Vaginal cysts
What is the purpose of labial or vaginal reconstructive surgery?
The main purpose of labial or vaginal reconstructive surgery (vaginoplasty) is to restore the normal function or appearance of the vagina or the normal size or appearance of the labia.
Vaginoplasty (Vaginal tightening)
The vagina is used for sexual intercourse and scarring or distortion of the vagina may result in pain or discomfort during intercourse. Vaginal laxity may lead to loss of sensation during intercourse. This may have an effect on a woman’s personal relationships.
The intention of vaginal surgery in this case is to restore this function by alleviating these symptoms.
Labial Reduction or Reconstruction
Enlarged or distorted labia may catch on clothing, cause discomfort when sitting down, or prevent a woman from wearing the clothing she may wish to, for example, swimwear.
The appearance of enlarged or distorted labia may also diminish confidence and reduce libido leading to avoiding sexual intercourse. This may have an effect on a woman’s personal relationships.
The labia can also be damaged after childbirth, there may be gaps or scarring. Reconstruction can restore the normal appearance of the labia but this cannot be guaranteed.
Vaginal and Labial Cysts
Cysts are commonly seen in the vagina and on the labia. Usually these resolve without further treatment but occasionally they can become infected and develop into an abscess. If this should happen then drainage of the cysts may be required.