When Is Labiaplasty Medically Necessary

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to alter the appearance of the labia minora, the inner folds of skin on either side of the vaginal opening. It can be performed for cosmetic reasons or for medical reasons.

Medically necessary labiaplasty is typically covered by insurance, while cosmetic labiaplasty is not. So, when is labiaplasty considered medically necessary?

Here are some of the most common medical reasons for labiaplasty:

  • Painful intercourse: If the labia minora are large or uneven, they can rub together during sex, causing pain and discomfort.
  • Difficulty with hygiene: If the labia minora are large, they can trap sweat and moisture, which can lead to irritation and infection.
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs): Large labia minora can make it difficult to clean the vulva properly, which can increase the risk of UTIs.
  • Psychological distress: Some people experience significant emotional distress due to the appearance of their labia minora. This can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

If you are considering labiaplasty for medical reasons, it is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and see if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind:

  • There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of whether or not labiaplasty is medically necessary. The decision of whether or not to have the procedure is a personal one that should be made in consultation with a doctor.
  • It is important to have realistic expectations about what labiaplasty can and cannot achieve. The goal of medically necessary labiaplasty is to improve function and alleviate symptoms, not to create a perfect cosmetic appearance.
  • Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure with risks and potential complications. It is important to be aware of these risks before making a decision about whether or not to have the procedure.

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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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