What is a labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that focuses on reducing and/or reshaping the folds of skin or ‘lips’ at the entrance to the vagina, known as the labia. Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons can perform this surgery on the labia minora (the inner lips) however, they do not perform surgery on the labia majora (the outer lips) or the clitoral hood.
This procedure can be performed for aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes or for medical/functional reasons, the latter being dependent on strict Medicare eligibility criteria.
Some patients also request changes to their mons pubis (the mound of flesh on top of a woman’s pubic bone that is covered by pubic hair), which can be performed in conjunction with a labiaplasty, or as part of a body contouring procedure.
When is a labiaplasty desirable?
This procedure is indicated if you feel uncomfortable with the appearance, size or shape of your labia. A labiaplasty may also be a benefit if you are experiencing physical discomfort when wearing tight clothes or having sexual intercourse. A labiaplasty can minimise these problems and help improve your overall appearance and self-esteem however, this procedure is highly individualised and may not be suitable for all patients.
How would a labiaplasty help me?
A consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon is the first step in considering a labiaplasty. You should frankly discuss your goals and expectations, and your plastic surgeon will explain to you whether this procedure is right for you. You should always keep in mind that the desired result is an improvement, not perfection.
How important are psychological factors in relation to labiaplasty surgery?
Emotional stability is the primary factor to be considered before any surgery is performed. A “new body” does not guarantee a new life or an end to all personal problems. It is mostly the mental attitude of the individual that determines a successful outcome. A labiaplasty can improve your appearance and renew your self-confidence; the rest is entirely up to you.
How is a labiaplasty performed?
The unwanted tissue is removed by the surgeon and the labia minora is resized and reshaped so that they no longer protrude beyond the labia majora. Dissolving sutures are used so as to minimise any discomfort of having them removed and as the labia have well-developed nerve and blood supplies, they are generally quick to heal.
Labiaplasty surgery is performed in Perth in a fully-accredited hospital as a day case procedure under local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia.
Are there any side effects of a labiaplasty?
You may experience some swelling or bruising after surgery, although no major complications should be experienced. There may be a period of a few weeks following the procedure where sensation is altered, but this returns as the swelling resolves and the tissues heal. Your surgeon will discuss what you should expect with this procedure during your consultation.
Will the labiaplasty procedure leave any scars?
Although your surgeon will make every effort to keep them as inconspicuous as possible, scars are the inevitable result of any surgery. Scars from this procedure though are generally minimal and well hidden.
What results can I expect from a labiaplasty?
The goal of your surgery is to reduce your labia minora to a size and shape that is in better proportion with your labia majora and makes you feel more comfortable. Your surgeon is the best person to determine whether your expectations are achievable. It is important to understand a labiaplasty will not make a vagina smaller or tighter.
When can I resume normal activities following a labiaplasty?
Many patients return to normal activities after one week or sooner however, recovery is different for each individual and your plastic surgeon will advise you.
How much does this procedure cost?
Please contact us online or call us on (08) 9380 0333 and one of our medical secretaries can provide you with more information. Please note that pricing does vary from case to case.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.