My vagina is brown and hangs. Is this normal? (Photo)
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IS my vagina normal?
Hanging uneven labia
Candidate for labioplasty
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Normal variation of labial appearance
There are physical variation of shape and color of the labia which are normal. The labial tissue can be more pigmented ( darker) , be asymmetrical ( uneven between both sides) or hypertrophic ( hang further out). There is nothing wrong with you physically, but women can be affected emotionally by it ( self conscious).
The procedure to reduce it is called a labiaplasty. It is a surgical procedure that requires a discussion with a surgeon to understand your goals and aesthetic desires. It is also important for you to understand what is involved in a procedure like this.
Are dark protruding labia normal?
Do I need a labiaplasty?
Otherwise, and in the majority of cases, a labiaplasty procedure (with or without a clitoral hoodectomy) is performed for cosmetic reasons. There is a wide range of "normal" appearing vulvar anatomy. More recently, with the increased incidence of nudity online, more and more women desire a "neat" appearance to the vulva. This is most commonly expressed as the inability to see the inner labia and clitoris while standing, with full outer labia (or labia majora). All of these aesthetic goals can be achieved with a thoughtful labiaplasty.
The wedge and trim methods are the most common approaches.
Find a board certified plastic surgeon in your area with good reviews on RealSelf and good before and after photos who you feel comfortable with to address these concerns.
Labiaplasty for discoloration
My vagina is brown and hangs. Is this normal?
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Labiaplasty, which most commonly involves surgical reduction of the labia minora (inner/thinner lips), has become a relatively common procedure over the last ten and even more so last five years. Whether the surgery is done using a laser, scalpel, or scissors does not really matter but what does matter is "symmetry". Symmetry is the most important aspect to the final aesthetic result. Most women, just like yourself, prefer to have as much of the darker pigmented edges removed as possible. Also, it's not how much tissue is removed but how much is left remaining because a certain amount is necessary to maintain proper form and function - typically 7-8 mm actually. To achieve these three most important elements, I have found that the "Trim Method" satisfies best. It is extremely important to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon that specializes in this operation (does at least 1 - 2 per week). It may cost you a bit more but it is this type of result you will want to live with for the rest of your life. Typical (all inclusive) fee at my office/surgery center is $4500.
Although there is no guarantee, women frequently do seek clitoral hood reduction (Hoodectomy) to improve exposure of the clitoris and hence better stimulation during sexual activity. By removing some of the excess &/or redundant skin concealing the clitoris, it becomes more readily exposed to sexual stimulation and hence a heightened sexual experience/orgasm is possible. Sometimes I recommend adding hoodectomy to labiaplasty to better harmonize the aesthetic outcome. Again, the key is seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon or gynecologist who performs this procedure regularly (>2-3 x/month) so that just the right amount of tissue is removed and just the right amount remains such that the clitoris is not constantly exposed and rubbing on clothing, etc... Typical fee for a hoodectomy is ~$3000 but reduced to about half that price if done along with a labiaplasty.
Now for recovery, because the labia tissue is so robust with blood supply it has an amazing ability to heal relatively quickly. Most patients are sore for 4-5 days before things start to get a lot better from there. Some patients can resume work before this time depending upon their occupation. No exercise for two weeks, no baths/jacuzzi or swimming for 3 weeks, and no sexual activity for typically 4 weeks. My patients are given an oral pain medication such as Vicodin or Percocet but icing the area for the first 48 hours and applying some custom made take-home topical local anesthetic cream seems to work the best. Glad to help.
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