What Is The Difference Between A Labiaplasty And A Vulvectomy

A labiaplasty and a vulvectomy are two different surgical procedures involving the female genitalia.

  1. Labiaplasty: This is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves altering the labia minora (the inner lips of the vulva) or the labia majora (the outer lips of the vulva). The goal of labiaplasty is usually to reduce the size or reshape the labia for cosmetic reasons or to alleviate discomfort caused by enlarged or asymmetrical labia. It’s typically considered a relatively minor procedure.
  2. Vulvectomy: A vulvectomy, on the other hand, is a more extensive surgical procedure that involves the partial or complete removal of some or all of the external female genitalia, including the labia, clitoris, and surrounding tissue. Vulvectomies are usually performed as a treatment for various medical conditions, including cancer of the vulva or certain pre-cancerous conditions. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a vulvectomy can have significant implications for sexual function and body image.

In summary, while both procedures involve the female genitalia, a labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure focused on altering the appearance of the labia, while a vulvectomy is a medical procedure involving the partial or complete removal of external genitalia, often performed to treat serious medical conditions like cancer.

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