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"What is the difference between a labiaplasty and a vaginoplasty?"
I thought they were the same. Won't they both make me look better?
Cosmetic surgery of the female genitals is increasing in popularity in the United States, along with a general increase in all other forms of cosmetic and plastic surgery. If you are interested in cosmetic genital surgery, you will need to consult with a cosmetic or plastic surgeon to determine if this type of procedure is safe and appropriate for you. Remember that cosmetic procedures are not generally covered by insurances. The terminology can be a bit confusing. A labiaplasty is a surgical cosmetic procedure designed to change the look of the labia. Most commonly this is done when a women feels that the labia are too large or prominent, and generally excess tissue can be removed fairly easily. Another type of surgical procedure is "vaginal rejuvenation." This is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess tissue in the vagina and tights up the surrounding supporting tissue. It is most commonly used by women after childbirth to restore a more youthful appearance to the vagina itself. Vaginoplasty is generally a term reserved for more medically indicated vaginal surgery, for example in cases in which a woman is born without a vagina or with a serious malformation of the vagina or in cases of gender reassignment surgery. Again, talk to your cosmetic surgeon for more information.
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