My vagina lips are wrinkled and dark - very uncomfortable with it. I'm scared to do anything sexual cause how it looks (Photo)

is it normal for it too look like this ? is there anyway to fix it besides vagina lip surgery ? please answer asap

Doctor Answers 26

Labiaplasty, Dark labia

There is a wide range between woman of what may be considered normal amounts of vaginal skin and color.
Just as the size of numerous body organs vary so does the vaginal skin.
Good reasons to explore revision are discomfort during intercourse or physical activities.
Prior to undergoing a surgical procedure patients should understand that they may be focusing their insecurities on the size or shape of a sexual organ. No one sees the vaginal skin of most woman except themselves.
Most men do not focus on the appearance of the vagina since exposure is usually under dim lighting. If they have issues with this they should be examined not you.
This a very personal decision which a patient should make on their own.
Please consult in person with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making treatment decisions.


New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Labia minora color and contour

I have practiced gynecology for over 20 years and have examined thousands of women. I would like to reassure you that your labia are very normal and there is no need to be embarrassed about your appearance. it is important to know that there is a wide range of "normal". Many many women have darker skin areas on their labia. It is also normal for that skin to be loose and wrinkle even in very young women. I have treated women who are not happy with the color of their labia with the Intima laser. I have also had good success with using that for labia skin tightening in order to help with the loose skin. You may want to consider vaginal laser treatment for the skin of your labia that you are not happy with. 

Lori Warren, MD
Louisville Urogynecologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

What are these dark and wrinkled lips/tissues?

There is a great deal of normal variation between the appearances of women's vaginas.  I would agree with the other respondents that your labia minora are slightly enlarged and their appearance could be improved by performing a straightforward procedure such as a labiaplasty.

Discoloration of labia minora

Not every young female "inspects" her labia minora or for that matter vulva/vagina from the easthetic point of view. If you are concerned with the appearance of this area, you may benefit from a consultation with gynecologist and if you still desire to change the appearance, visit an experienced surgeon in labiaplasty procedures. Since most likely you are concerned with the color/pigmentation of the external edges of labia, you would need specifically address the question during your consultation. Not all labiaplasty techniques would eliminate or reduce the darker edges of labia minora; therefore it is important to be specific about the issue. The good news is, the pigmented edges can be easily corrected surgically. 

Best,

Yvonne Wolny, MD

Yvonne Wolny, MD
Chicago OB-GYN
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Dark labia minora

The dark labia minora pigmentation is normal. This area can vary in pigmentation widely. If a edge trim technique is used that pigmentation may be reduced. But you have to be careful to not completely amputate the minora. The trim should improve the wrinkling as well. Thank you. 

Rikesh T. Parikh, MD
Bellevue Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Wrinkled and dark labia

Your labia are well within the range of "normal." Size and color varies from woman to woman. Often, hypertrophic or excess labial skin is darker than the surrounding vaginal skin. If you are bothered by the size or appearance of the labia, this excess/darkened skin can be removed with labiaplasty surgery. See before and after pictures and learn more about this surgery below. 

George Shashoua, MD
Austin Urogynecologist
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Labiaplasty

If you are unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of your external genitalia, or you feel that it is interfering with your sexual activity, exercise, hygiene, daily life, or self-confidence, you may be a candidate for a labiaplasty. This is an extremely popular procedure in my practice, and patient satisfaction is very high.

Lara Devgan, MD, MPH
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Is appearance of vaginal lips normal?

From your photos it appears that you are perfectly normal! However, it you don't like the appearance, you could consider a labiaplasty. However, there isn't a good nonsurgical way to get rid of the dark, wrinkled skin. Skin bleachers can lighten, but they don't impact the texture.

You can consult with an experienced labiaplasty surgeon to find out your options. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with good before and after photos. 

To find out more about labiaplasty, click on the link below.

All the best.

Heather J. Furnas, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Anatomy of the vulva

Thank you for your question. There is no absolute "normal" with the female vulva. The labia minora can have a lot of variability from person to person. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure typically done to reduce the size of the labia minora. This is done for cosmetic appearance, because the tissue gets snagged or pulled during intercourse or exercise or in tight clothing. This is a procedure that is often done to help with self confidence, but by no means to create a "normal" appearance.

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Does My Vagina Look Normal?

It is completely normal for body parts on each person to displays unique anatomical variation in appearance, including the reproductive organs. The labia minora can appear in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. All of these characteristics are normal. Your labia may not appear abnormal but you still can pursue labiaplasty if you are not satisfied with the appearance. My advice is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns.

Scott Chapin, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

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