Elongated Labia Majora

The labia majora, often referred to as the “outer lips,” are part of the female external genitalia (vulva). They are prominent folds of skin that surround and protect the inner structures of the vulva, including the labia minora (inner lips), clitoris, vaginal opening, and urethral opening. The labia majora serve several important functions:

  1. Protection: The labia majora serve as a protective barrier for the delicate and sensitive tissues of the vulva, including the clitoris and vaginal opening.
  2. Thermoregulation: They help regulate the temperature of the genital area by keeping it within a comfortable range.
  3. Aesthetic Variation: Like other body parts, the size, shape, and appearance of the labia majora can vary widely among individuals. This natural variation is entirely normal and is not indicative of any underlying health issue.
  4. Elasticity: The labia majora have a certain degree of elasticity, which can accommodate changes in size and shape during activities such as sexual arousal and childbirth.
  5. Sexual Function: The labia majora, along with the labia minora, play a role in sexual pleasure and arousal, as they contain many nerve endings and blood vessels.

While labia majora size and appearance vary widely among individuals and are considered part of normal human diversity, some people may have aesthetic or comfort concerns related to their labia majora. In such cases, individuals may consider cosmetic procedures such as labia majora reduction (labiaplasty of the labia majora) to alter the size or shape of the labia majora to better align with their preferences.

It’s important to note that any decision to undergo cosmetic procedures should be made after careful consideration, consultation with a qualified healthcare professional, and a clear understanding of the potential risks and benefits. Additionally, it’s essential to prioritize overall health and well-being above cosmetic concerns.

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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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