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A few weeks ago I wrote about the mother and daughter who underwent a labiaplasty (see “Socially Acceptable Labioplasty” September 17, 2016). I reviewed both of them this week, some 8 weeks after their surgery. Both had undergone reduction of the labia minora and clitoral hood.

Both were overwhelmingly happy with their new appearance. Whilst it was initially more uncomfortable than they had expected, the daughter felt she ‘turned a corner’ about 3 weeks after her surgery, when she felt she was back to normal. Her mother’s recovery took a little longer because she had her period 2 weeks after her operation, making the whole area very sensitive. She felt back to normal at 5 weeks and had intercourse at 6 weeks, without discomfort and without even thinking about her operation.

Physically they have both done well with no visible scarring, good symmetry and no protrusion of the labia minora (inner lips) beyond the labia majora (outer lips).

However, it was their comments about how they felt, that was something I had not heard before, with this procedure.

The daughter had been self conscious of her appearance from the age of 16. Every time she sat to pee, she was reminded that she had excess that she didn’t like. Now she felt free and the increase in confidence was liberating.

Her mother was even more exuberant. For her, this operation changed everything. She no longer had to take the excess into account and noticed a freedom when buying clothes, underwear and swimwear.

She now felt “fabulous, free and sexy”.

Changing the appearance of a woman’s face, breasts, tummy and even labia, increasing their confidence and making a difference, is one of the greatest privileges I can imagine.

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