What Makes A Labiaplasty Medically Necessary

A labiaplasty, a surgery to alter the size or shape of the labia minora, can be considered medically necessary in certain situations. Here are some of the key reasons:

Functional issues:

  • Chronic pain or discomfort: Enlarged labia minora can rub against clothing, causing chafing, irritation, and pain during activities like walking, running, or exercise. This can significantly impact quality of life.
  • Difficulty with hygiene: Excess labial tissue can trap sweat, urine, and vaginal discharge, making it harder to maintain proper hygiene and increasing the risk of infections like urinary tract infections (UTIs).
  • Painful intercourse: If the labia minora protrude significantly or are asymmetrical, they may get pinched or trapped during sex, causing pain and discomfort.
  • Difficulty with urination: In some cases, enlarged labia may obstruct the vaginal opening, making it difficult to pass urine fully.

Other medical conditions:

  • Vulvar vestibulitis: This chronic inflammatory condition of the vulvar entrance can be exacerbated by enlarged labia minora.
  • Vulvar dystrophy: This skin condition can cause pain, itching, and burning in the vulvar area, and labiaplasty may be helpful in some cases.
  • Congenital abnormalities: Labiaplasty may be necessary to correct congenital malformations of the labia minora.
  • Gender-affirming surgery: This procedure may include labiaplasty for transgender individuals who identify as female.

It’s important to note that:

  • Not everyone with enlarged labia minora experiences these issues. The decision to undergo a labiaplasty for medical reasons should be made in consultation with a qualified healthcare professional who can assess individual needs and circumstances.
  • Many insurance companies only cover labiaplasty if it is deemed medically necessary.

Here are some resources you may find helpful:

Remember, this information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized guidance and to determine if a labiaplasty is right for you.

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Dr Richard Young

Dr. Richard Young is a board certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon

As one of the nation’s leading innovators in aesthetic surgery of the face, hand, breast and body, and a pioneer of reconstructive surgery and stem cell procedures, Dr. Richard Young is certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

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