The word makeover typically raises images of everything you desire for a new and better you- new clothes, updated hairstyle, and a smaller number on the bathroom scale. But if you don’t consider your vagina when planning your makeover, you could be missing out. Vaginas come in all shapes and sizes, but one-third of women suffer from longer than average labia. If you notice a bulge in tight clothing or discomfort with physical activity- your vaginal lips may be to blame.

The outer lips, or labia majora, and the inner lips, also known as labia minora, can change over the years. Long labia may become irritated, rub or tear- taking the pleasure out of sex and making exercise feel more like torture. Whether you’re born with long labia or they become longer and thinner with hormonal changes, childbirth, aging or weight loss- labiaplasty can give you a lift, along with a slimmer, trimmer look.

For all of these reasons and more, cosmetic vagina makeover has grown exponentially over the last decade. The term most commonly refers to two procedures, vaginoplasty and labiaplasty.

A labiaplasty is an elective surgical procedure that shrinks and reshapes your labia. First, you’ll meet with a cosmetic gynecologic surgeon to customize the procedure for you and ensure you achieve the look you desire.

A vaginoplasty is when the vaginal diameter and vaginal opening are modified to better suit the individual. These in office procedures typically take one to two hours. Most women are able to return to work after a couple of days and resume all normal activities after six weeks.

Following vaginoplasty and labiaplasty, patients typically note great improvements in their confidence, libido, and sex life. Vagina makeover has been dramatically increasing in popularity over the past ten years as women reclaim their bodies. After six weeks of recovery- you’ll be able to go back to all of your normal activities, including sexual intercourse. Most women who have opted for vaginal rejuvenation can’t believe how much their confidence and libido have increased. And generally both partners experience increased sexual pleasure.

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself before deciding if vagina makeover may be right for you

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What’s Up Down There?

Just like other parts of your body, life events can change the way you look “down there.” Having babies, losing weight, and simply getting older can leave your vagina unrecognizable. If these changes have you feeling self-conscious during intimacy or when wearing tight clothing, your makeover efforts could fall short if vaginal rejuvenation is not on your list.

Torture on the Treadmill?

Making time for the gym can be quite challenging.  If you add embarrassment and discomfort, valuable treadmill sessions may be few and far between. Extra tissue around your vagina can give the appearance of a bulge when wearing yoga pants causing you to feel self-conscious when dressing for your workout or to avoid the look altogether. Looks aside, long labia can rub during exercise causing irritation and discomfort thus turning your workout into a torture session.

Is Your Love Life Suffering?

When you aren’t feeling your best, your love life can suffer, too. That sexy, vivacious woman may fade away if you don’t recognize your own body, experience decreased libido or simply don’t find the same pleasure in sex anymore.

After childbirth, the diameter of your vagina may increase, reducing friction and sexual gratification. While Kegel exercises can help, you generally will not see a return to your pre-baby diameter without vaginal rejuvenation. Vaginal rejuvenation does create a tighter atmosphere in the walls of the vagina, which can increase pleasure for your partner. The great thing about rejuvenation is that it also amps up your own satisfaction. 

Is Vaginal Rejuvenation Painful and Difficult?

Thanks to laser therapy, vagina makeover is safe and virtually pain-free. Some women even decide to combine this procedure with other more invasive ones, such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift. Nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation is not painful or difficult at all. In fact, many patients return to their daily activities as normal right after their appointment. 

Can Vagina Makeover Improve Hygiene and Health?

Excess tissue can also harbor bacteria and make hygiene more difficult. For women with oversized inner labia, this can mean a higher risk of urinary tract infections, which are dangerous and painful. Having a labiaplasty can reduce the risk of UTIs and other health concerns.

May I Feel Comfortable in Clothing?

Wearing a bikini, tight leggings, or even snug-fitting pants can be challenging when you suffer with oversized labia. Whether they feel uncomfortable or you’re concerned about visible lines or bulges, a vagina makeover prevents those problems, helping you feel more comfortable, both physically and emotionally, no matter what you choose to wear.