The "normal" vagina.
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.
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.
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.
Normal labia anatomy
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.
My Vagina Doesn't Look Normal is There Loose Skin?
It's a good question. There is a big variation of "normal" female vulvar anatomy. You appear to have normal anatomy.
The most important thing however, is how YOU feel about the appearance of your vulva. If there are areas that you would like to change, then it's worth having consultations with expert vulvovaginal cosmetic surgeons to discuss your goals and see if there are procedures to help get the look that you desire.
There are procedures to decrease the size of the labia minora, reduce the clitoral hood, and change the size of the labia majora (increase or decrease).
This is very subjective, as there is a wide range of "normal" size labia. Labiaplasty surgery is an option if the size of your labia bothers you in appearance or if it causes you discomfort. You can read more about labiaplasty surgery at the link below.
Loose skin around the vulva (vagina)
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.
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. Patients may seek labiaplasty for a one of two reasons or a combination
of both. One, a patient is dissatisfied with
the appearance of her labia. There is nothing abnormal about the labia, it is
purely an aesthetic concern that patient would like to address. She may not experience any physical
discomfort but she may simply want to alter the appearance of her labia to a
version she desires. Two, a patient may be experiencing discomfort due her
labia appearing larger than normal. It
is not uncommon for these patients to feel restricted from participating in
certain physical activities or clothing due to the size of their labia. Your labia may not be 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.