Labiaplasty 101: Why women are having work done on their nether regions

Women across the world are going under the knife to have surgery on their private parts.

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and tissue from the labia, explains certified Aesthetic Gynaecologist, Dr Natalia Novikova.

The operation is gaining popularity worldwide, and is done either for cosmetic reasons or to eliminate physical discomfort.

Read: Why 1 in 10 women endure painful sex (and keep it a secret)

Labiaplasty surgically corrects the vaginal lips and is most common among women who’ve gone through natural childbirth, Dr Novikova explains.

It's done mainly under local anesthetic.

Dr Natalia Novikova, Aesthetic Gynaecologist

The procedure takes anything from 40 to 90 minutes.

Dr Natalia Novikova, Aesthetic Gynaecologist

There's a lot of functional reasons for the procedures.

Dr Natalia Novikova, Aesthetic Gynaecologist

Women complain of sexual discomfort, they may not be able to ride a bike, run or even wear tight clothing.

Dr Natalia Novikova, Aesthetic Gynaecologist

Dr Novikova is South Africa's first certified Aesthetic Gynaecologist and is on a mission to help women to embrace their sexuality and live happier and healthier lives, free of discomfort.

She explains the difference between labiaplasty, vaginoplasty and vaginal laser treatment.

Take a listen to the intriguing discussion on the cosmetic surgeries:


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