Labiaplasty is a pretty personal procedure. As women, we tell our girlfriends everything – periods, relationships, even S-E-X. However, it can be hard to sound off with your close circle when it comes to labiaplasty if they can’t relate to your struggles or experiences. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from others about how the procedure went for them and what advice they might have! We have decided to compile anonymous stories from Reddit users to provide you with just that. Read through for some insight, advice and giggles.
Women shared many different reasons for wanting to get the procedure done. One Reddit user shared, “I had an injury which resulted in my labia being cut by the heel of a high heel shoe…It wasn’t uncomfortable physically but mentally I felt so insecure. It prevented me from having sex in relationships or with people I knew because I was scared of judgement.” Another user explained that she was uncomfortable physically: “Since I was 15 I hated my labia because they were really asymmetrical…None of my sexual partners would comment on it and I don’t think they even notice it honestly, but it still gave me a mental barrier I wanted to get rid of.”
Women also discussed the experience of the procedure. A satisfied patient shared that the doctor “got to work with the surgery, and I didn’t feel a thing! I was talking to the nurse the whole time and it was all a very pleasant experience. Sometimes I’d feel a bit of heat on either of my thighs as he was using a laser-like tool, but nothing painful at all! It was all over in about 45 minutes, and then I was set to leave!” Another woman shared her longer procedure: “I had a wedge with local anesthetic at 9 AM – thankfully my surgeon and his team were amazing. I was out of surgery by 12 – it took him three hours because he does a quadruple layer of stitching. With the exception of the numbing shots, the surgery was a breeze!” A third user expressed satisfaction with her medical team: “The actual procedure was soooo easy. A couple pinches and stings. My surgeon was great. She and her assistant chatted with me the whole time. She showed me one side with a mirror before she did the other side. Total time on the table was maybe an hour or an hour and a half.”
While many women expressed worries about feeling pain after the procedure, that was not the experience of all the thread contributors: “Just know that not everyone experiences pain. I did not at all. I was able to dance on my second day already. It was the easiest surgery I had (and I also had a few).” Another user echoed her comments: “I just had mine done a few days ago and so far I have had very minimal pain and haven’t had to take any pain meds! I have been able to walk around fine and even drive.” While this wasn’t the experience of everyone, this user had advice for those concerned about pain and healing: “The difference between 1 week and 2 weeks has been HUGE. Ladies, really don’t worry too much the first weeks, your labia WILL change!!!”
The results comments are the most heartwarming to read as so many women express relief and satisfaction from their procedures. One woman said that she feels “so relieved and happy I went through with it, it really couldn’t have been easier.” Another happy customer said that it significantly impacted her mental health: “I haven’t had sex yet but I can see what I’m assuming is the final results and it was worth the money and post-op care to feel this mentally secure about my body down there!” This user took the time to share a word of caution and encouragement with others: “I feel like if perfection is what you’re seeking, I’m not sure if this surgery really is a good idea – it’s going to be ridden by anxiety. They’re sisters, not twins. I never worried about it being perfect or not. I just wanted to have more confidence during sex and feeling more comfortable in general. And if that’s also your goal, then you will be happy with the outcome – just as I am. I look at my labia a lot now with pride and joy, as opposed to pre-op where looking at them gave me a great sense of shame and sadness. I can’t wait to show it off and can’t wait to have sex.” Finally, this user had a very satisfied and comedic takeaway to share after her procedure: “Walking around naked feels AMAAAAZING. My thighs used to roll around the labia that stuck out and it hurt. Also, I didn’t want the people I date to see my labia sticking out so I’d always hide it awkwardly. But now CALL ME TARZAN CAUSE I’M NOT GOING BACK TO CLOTHES.”
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