Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin of the ‘labia minora’ (the inner labia tissue) to address aesthetic concerns and/or address medical issues. Some people may also refer to this procedure as labia reduction surgery.
A labiaplasty can assist in addressing irritation of the skin, infections, and other related hygiene problems.
There are many reasons why women may decide to have a labiaplasty, including:
The aim of the initial consultation is for the surgeon to determine your expectations and to identify issues of concern relating to appearance, intimacy, lifestyle limitations, and issues with hygiene and/or skin infection.
During this detailed consultation, the surgeon will assess the morphology and extent of your excess skin and how this might impact the final result of the surgery.
At your initial consultation, your surgeon will ask for a full medical history and discuss with you the process of the surgery, post-operative care, and any risks and complications associated with labiaplasty.
This is also your opportunity to ask any questions of your surgeon and raise any concerns you may have about the procedure.
Your surgeon will also discuss with you the length of scars and incisions you can expect.
Your surgeon may require you to complete some blood tests before surgery to determine your fitness for anaesthetic. Depending on the medication you take, you may be required to adjust or cease some of your medicine in the lead-up to surgery. Smokers will be required to stop smoking six weeks before and after their labiaplasty.
Risks and complications in surgery are rare. Nevertheless, it’s important for patients to be informed of the potential risks of labiaplasty before consenting to the surgery.
Potential risks include:
In a small number of cases (approximately 5 per cent), revisional surgery is required to address the above complications.
In the months following surgery, you may experience discomfort during intercourse, but this generally improves over time as the swelling subsides.
Regulated health service providers are strongly discouraged by the Australian Medical Board from advertising set prices for their services. As such, we do not provide cost-per-procedure pricing. However, our surgeons will provide you with a tailored costing during your consultation.
We also welcome you to contact our clinic before your first appointment to discuss approximate costs and potential rebates. Please contact us on 07 3180 3400 , or send us an enquiry online.
There is a cost for an initial consultation at our Brisbane clinic, with the potential to receive a portion of this back via Medicare where eligible for rebate, provided you have a referral from your GP.
Labia reduction surgery is usually performed as a day surgery procedure, under either general or local anaesthetic with sedation. Labiaplasty involves reduction of the labia minora by making incisions that are concealed by the inner aspect of the labia majora.
The wounds are repaired with dissolving stiches and at the completion of surgery, a urinary catheter is inserted to temporarily minimise the risk of urinary retention.
You will need to wear protective pads for approximately five days after surgery and preventative medication will be prescribed to minimise the risk of vaginal thrush, which can impact the wound healing process.
It is important that access to medical attention is available by telephone once you have been discharged. Issues about which your surgeon needs to be made aware urgently include pain uncontrolled by medication, bleeding to the extent that the dressings soak through with blood, temperatures exceeding 38 degrees Celsius, redness of the skin or any concerns related to the surgery.
You will be able to go home after the surgery once you have recovered from the anaesthetic.
You will be advised to take a week away from work following surgery.
In the first week of surgery, sitting for periods of 15 minutes or more should be avoided to reduce pressure on the wounds and to encourage wound healing. You may find haemorrhoid surgical cushions to be comfortable for long periods of sitting.
Swelling and discomfort is normal following labiaplasty and it’s advised to take the prescribed pain killers and antibiotics to control your pain levels and minimise risk of infection. Ice packs and general rest are also advised to keep you comfortable.
To further minimise the risk of infection, it’s recommended you shower following every bowel action and sit in a salt bath for 10 minutes thereafter during the week after surgery.
At your post-operative visits, your surgeon will assess how your wounds are healing. Generally, wounds heal within two after surgery.
You may resume physical activity such as walking three weeks after surgery and progress to running and normal exercise at six weeks. You can resume intimacy after approximately six weeks.
Mr Patrick Tansley MD FRCS (Plast) and Dr Sugitha Seneviratne FRACS (Plast) provide second opinion to patients seeking to address previous cosmetic plastic surgery problems and revisions for already ‘botched’ surgery. If you would like a second opinion on previously undertaken surgery, book a consultation to discuss this with one or both of our surgeons.
As the privacy of our patients is of the utmost importance to us, we do not provide before and after photos on our website. You will be shown a number of before and after images during your private consultation to illustrate the potential outcomes of surgery. These images have been provided by previous patients who have consented to their private use.
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