My vagina is black and some loose skin hanging out. Any suggestions? (photos)
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You shouldn't feel insecure about having a normal appearing vagina
My vagina is black and some loose skin hanging out. Any suggestions?
My vaginal lips are so dark!
Michael P Goodman, MDDavis, CA, USA
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Enlarged labia minora
What you are showing and pulling on is the not technically the vagina but instead the labia minora. What is shown in the photos is absolutely normal unless you feel it is problematic for you. 50% of American Women of African descent who want to have the labia minora reduced prefer to have dark or black labia minora. Only you can make the decision if you want to have a labia minora reduction but doing so with a wedge resection will not change the color of your labia to a lighter color and in your situation due to the amount of surface area of the dark skin even a linear resection will not change the color of the labia. It is possible to the bleach the area but this is a personal decision. If you choose to get a labiaplasty i.e. labia minora reduction please choose a surgeon based upon experience, expertise, reputation and results and not on location or board certification.
John R Miklos MD
Urogynecologist & Cosmetic Vaginal Surgeon
Atlanta ~ Beverlly Hills ~ Dubai
Treatment for "black, loose skin hanging out" of vagina?
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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