As with most body parts, there is a great deal of anatomical variation when it comes to the female external genitalia. With the proliferation of sexually explicit material, patients are now much more concerned about the appearance of their genitals. This has led to an increase in the number of labiaplasty procedures in recent years.
Based on your pictures it appears that your labia fall well within the "normal" range. That does not mean, however, that you are not a good candidate for a labiaplasty procedure. If you feel embarrassed or self conscious about your appearance, you should seek a consultation from a plastic surgeon who is experienced with labiaplasty procedures to express your concerns. The surgery will not only give you more confidence, it can also improve symptoms of discomfort that you might be having.
What do normal labia look like?
Thank you for your question. Because all women are unique in their features, there is no real definition of labia. Labia can vary significantly in thickness, color, length, and symmetry. Your pictures appear healthy and youthful. Often, patients request a labiaplasty when their labia interfere with activities such as exercise or wearing specific clothing. Large labia can cause chaffing or trapping of the labia limiting those activities. Other reasons for requesting a labiaplasty include feeling insecure with intimacy or because of changes with age and loss of a youthful appearance. These are all acceptable reasons.
Should you decide to pursue a labiaplasty, I highly recommend that you identify a surgeon that is trained in vaginal reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Not all plastic surgeons or gynecologists have specialized training in these procedures and is not one to take lightly when choosing your surgeon.
Does my vagina look normal?
Your external genitalia appear absolutely normal, based on the photos that you submitted. There is such a large variation in external female genitalia and you fall within the normal range. Despite this, some women are bothered, either physically or just don't like the appearance and feel uncomfortable with redundant labia minora (inner lips). Looking at the photos, a labiaplasty would decrease the size of your labia minora and may make you feel more comfortable if it still bothers you.
In most women the length of the inner labia (labia minor) is about the same length as the labia majora.
Your pictures look completely normal. The number one reason women have labioplasty surgery is because of the discomfort and the appearance in the genital area when wearing tight clothing. The secondary reason is how feel about the aesthetics of the area when naked. Ultimately you have decide what would would make you feel most comfortable.
Labia come in many different shapes and forms. Please visit your gynecologist or a plastic surgeon who does labiaplasties. Below is a fully healed labiaplasty in a patient who felt her labia minora were too long.
My Vagina Doesn't Look Normal
First of all it is important to understand that there is a
wide range of “normal” when it comes how the labia should appear.
Women come to my office all the time wanting to look “normal”
and we have to discuss what they are trying to achieve with their surgery.
You are well within the range of normal. There is currently a trend where woman do not
like the appearance of the additional tissue that hangs below he vagina. At
times this extra skin can interfere with intercourse or cause pain with
exercise but most commonly it is just and aesthetic preference for woman.
I hope this helps.
Laser labiaplasty can remove loose labial skin and improve the appearance of the labia.
Thank you very much for your question and photographs. The loose protruding skin that you see on your labia is quite common and does cause irritation when you wear tight fitting clothes and many women are embarrassed about large or labia.
Labiaplasty is in excellent and very helpful procedure that can remove the loose skin and make the labia looked much smaller and more normal.
Because the labia are so delicate I use a laser to remove the excess tissue and this avoids using a scalpel and traumatizing this very delicate tissue.
Please go to my photographs on Realself.com and you will be able to see 3 patient's before and after pictures of patients who had laser labioplasty.
There is a great deal of anatomical variation between most aspects of women's appearances and this of course includes the vagina and labia minor and clittoral hood. Although it is my opinion that the appearance of your vagina is certainly within the normal range it is always reasonable to make an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss what, if any, surgical options are available. Best of luck!
Labiaplasty for aesthetic concerns
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.
Is Labiaplasty Recommended?
First, let me reassure you that your labia appearance is normal. However there is a trend to have less prominent labia, but this is a matter of choice and there are no medical reasons to do so other than improving your appearance down there. Candidates for a Labiaplasty procedure are women who are concerned about the appearance of their labia or experience discomfort due to exceptionally large or long labia of either the inner our outer lips. Labia unevenness can result in discomfort with intimate contact, chronic rubbing, as well as psychological discomfort, which leads to the inability to wear certain types of tight clothing. Most women live with these symptoms, and actually are not even aware that a certain surgical procedure exists to help to correct this problem and restore their femininity.