When it comes to Labia sizes, or shapes, what’s the general range in size? And why the increase in people requesting labiaplasty surgery?
Labiaplasty Surgery and Labia Shapes – No two women are alike.
In relation to the increased demand for Labia Reshaping and Vaginal Rejuvenation: Why does everyone asks what’s ‘normal‘ when it comes to the shape and length of their labia and genitalia shapes?
- In many cultures, people tend to compare their bodies to other peoples’ bodies
- Genitalia comparisons are no exception
- In fact, people may be MORE prone to compare their genitalia to others’ genitalia, more than other body parts, because being less visible, they may be more prone to misconceptions about what is considered “a typical range” in terms of length, size, appearance, colour or shape.
Because labia or genitalia are NOT as readily on display in our society, people who become concerned about their own genitalia shape (or the size or length of their labia skin) MAY become distressed by NOT knowing just how varied the range IS, for example.
So we are hoping to reveal common labia size ranges to put your mind at ease.
This blog aims to reduce concerns about genitalia sizes by providing labia size range estimates; as well as inform women about labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation options in the event of a functional reason to seek a reduction in labia size (such as uncomfortable protrusion, labia chaffing, and/or recurring skin infections).
People compare their bodies with others because it’s typical basic human nature to do so. Wondering how your labia skin compares to another’s labia skin is no exception.
It’s not unusual to wonder if YOUR bits, especially less revealed ones, are in range with other women’s sizes.
- But this range is very wide.
- There really isn’t a “normal” when it comes to labia.
- There are ranges, but not necessarily any specific type of shape or size that could fall into a ‘normal’ classification; unless the labia is so extremely lengthy that it reaches your knees.
Remember, every woman is different. And aren’t you glad? So don’t stress. And if you have labia related skin infections or other skin redundancy concerns, see your GP, women’s health expert or a Plastic Surgeon.
Graphic Material Alert: Please do not continue reading if you are offended by open discussions about genitals, labia, female surgery and vaginal rejuvenation.
Women’s Health, Female Genital Concerns and Labiaplasty Surgery: An increase in recent years
There has definitely been an increase in demand for labiaplasty surgery.
Vaginal rejuvenation treatments, such as vaginal lasers that help reduce mild urinary stress incontinence, laxity or dryness, are also on the rise.
There are also some rather strong public opinions about procedures involving reshaping the genitalia or labia for women in Australia.
But like all cosmetic surgery or functional labiaplasty procedures, at the end of the day, each woman chooses the option they believe is best for their body, lifestyle and their well-being.
And if you are one of the women who have very long labia that makes undergarments or swimsuits difficult to wear, or certain exercises such as cycling uncomfortable, then that might be the reason you’re reading this blog, today. So we hope to help you gain a preliminary view of what’s involved with labiaplasty surgery in terms of what range of labia sizes are considered ‘commonly occurring’ and what are not as common.
Males and Females Talking about Genitalia sizes: Changing trends
In days gone by, it was primarily males who spoke openly about their sexual organs, especially size. This kind of talk often reflected insecurity and self-comparison to other males (men).
These days, females are seemingly more open to discussing the size of their own sexual organs, including the appearance or size of their labia skin and vaginal canal areas after childbirth or menopause.
Articles about labiaplasty and great blogs about vaginal health and labia size
It’s very telling that in recent years, photographs and great blog articles about labia appearance, labia sizes and shapes and genitalia appearances are popping up in mainstream news outlets everywhere you look.
- So are blogs about the increase in women seeking labiaplasty for very low-hanging labia that leads to physical concerns or social discomfort.
- From Women’s Health magazine articles to Mona Lisa Touch vaginal tightening treatments to ‘different types of labia’ graphics or labia art projects including “love your labia” on the ever-so-popular site, Mamma Mia, we are more open than ever about discussing our ‘bits.’
- Even traditional print media has been regularly discussing a previously-mostly-covered up part of the female human body.
- There’s even a ‘Great Wall of Vaginas” bringing the appearance and differences in vaginas and labia out into an open art forum.
Why the growing interest in the size and shape of our labia majora and labia minora?
Before we go into why labias are suddenly the subject of so much social media interest, let’s define the “two pairs” of labia:
- labia majora (known as the outer labia), which are larger or more plump in appearance than the inner labia, and
- the inner labia, formally known as the labia minora, which are the skin folds between the outer labia and the vagina opening.
The labia have a protective role in the physique of a woman’s body, essentially the labia are tissues that protect sensitive areas of the female genital area (clitoris, vaginal opening, urethra).
One of the main reasons people are talking more openly about vaginal health and labia size is that the global nature of the internet.
The sharing nature of social media and selfies of ALL types has spawned numerous stories by women who feel self-conscious – or superbly proud – about the size, length or shape of their labia.
Increases in requests for labiaplasty are new, but discussions about genitals are NOT exactly new.
- But social media trends means labia discussions, and photographs, are being shared more widely.
- So conversations are increasing, and so are requests for surgery to reduce the size or shape of the labia.
With online forums prompting OPEN discussions of just about anything – as well as seeming anonymity – women’s health is in the conversation.
From openly discussing high rates of mild urinary incontinence after child birth as well as vaginal laxity and vaginal health, the communication lines for labia discussions are well and truly OPEN.
For example, a MammaMia article reviewed the thoughts of a woman who’s friend who was preparing for a consultation about labiaplasty surgery.
- While some people may think this is cosmetic surgery gone a bit too far, people who find the condition highly uncomfortable or socially embarrassing may find a surgical solution a life-changing event.
- Plus, it’s not just women who might want to reduce the size of their genitalia when it protrudes from undergarments, swimwear or shorts, or causes repeated skin infections – men have scrotum tuck surgery for low hanging scrotum skin for similar reasons.
So is labiaplasty surgery that reduces labia size – or reshapes labia skin – mostly due to physical discomfort, skin infections OR embarrassment during intimacy?
The answer is a bit of all three for most women. But for any woman who is concerned about the appearance of their labia, or about recurring skin infections or chaffing relating to having very long labia skin, then surgery is one option to consider.
Even though in an ideal world, we’d all like to think we’d just love our bodies as they were.
But think about it this way – we may have loved our bodies as they were, then had children, and suddenly we have a bulging belly that won’t go back to normal, vaginal laxity or incontinence, and sagging breasts.
(Read this blog about abdominoplasty and how to tell if your abs were split during pregnancy).
And how we FEEL about how we look – if we’re comfortable or appalled by the changes to our once firm physique or breasts and tummy – impacts everything from confidence to the clothes we wear to our inclinations about intimate moments with our partners.
- If we are NOT comfortable with our bodies, it can easily have a detrimental impact on our intimate lives and confidence in all types of situations.
- Surgery is serious and should not be the first thing you consider in getting back your shape, or redefining your body contours – you need to understand these are serious procedures.
- But surgery options can be a solution for women who are feeling distracted by a part (or parts) of their body, whether it’s been a lifelong concern, a consequence of having babies, or the redundant skin folds that often linger on the body after significant weight loss.
Surgery can help contour the body, breasts and yes – even the labia – but should never be taken lightly.
So what’s average in terms of the size or shape of labia?
There is tremendous variety in the shape, appearance and size of the labia. It’s a very personal thing, no doubt – and you shouldn’t compare yours to others.
But if you’ve always wondered what the size range was for labia skin or a vaginal canal, this article offered interesting information on the ranges of labia and vaginal sizes, after a study of 160+ women. It’s still a small sample size, however, for a study – so there is apt to be a lot more variance than this might indicate.
If you feel you are concerned about the size or shape of your labia or vaginal canal, or if you are unhappy with post-pregnancy or post-weight loss changes to parts of your body, we may be able to help you explore non-surgical as well as surgical options.
If you are having physical or intimacy concerns relating to your labia or vaginal health (laxity or incontinence), you can arrange to see a female Plastic Surgeon to discuss the suitability of vaginal laser treatments or potentially labia reduction surgery (Labiaplasty).
Female Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Rebecca Wyten is a caring, friendly and compassionate Surgeon. She will offer you practical information on your options.
If you are considering labia reshaping surgery, or labia reduction surgery, or want to try the MonaLisa Touch laser option for vaginal skin tightening and skin rejuvenation (collagen and moisture improvements to reduce incidences of painful sex), send a confidential enquiry form below or phone a caring Patient Care Coordinator on (03) 8849 1444.
Do you want to learn more about what procedures can help with labia size or with vaginal tightening? There are surgical and non-surgical options including laser.
Our female Plastic Surgeon for labiaplasty is Dr Rebecca Wyten, a Specialist Plastic Surgeon (FRACS, ASAPS, ISAPS) who performs custom cosmetic surgery for women including:
- Labiaplasty surgery (labioplasty)
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift with or without breast implants (for post-pregnancy sagging or empty-looking breasts)
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Implant Removal and Replacement
- Fat Transfer to Breasts (small volume increases)
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck – mini Tummy Tuck or Full Tummy Tuck).
Want to find out more? You can phone us on (03) 8849 1444 or send an enquiry form (below).
And you can read recent articles by searching for blogs about real-life stories of labiaplasty, including the article below which tells the story of a friend supporting her friend through her labiaplasty surgery decision-making process and procedure (not a patient but a good story about how to support loved ones who want to have that type of procedure).
We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you understand your options for labiaplasty surgery. BOOK a Consultation Today with a Female Plastic Surgeon at one of our convenient locations across Melbourne: Hawthorn East, Williamstown or Berwick.
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