What is a Labiaplasty or Labioplasty?
Labia Reduction Surgery (called Labiaplasty or Labioplasty) refers to a cosmetic genital procedure designed to change appearance of the labia minora. Women requesting this procedure have usually developed a ‘longer’ labia which may protrude beyond the outer labia of the vagina. This can not only be a source of embarrassment for some women, but can be extremely uncomfortable (i.e when the labia rubs against underwear).
This surgery can also be used to tone, reshape, reconstruct or tighten the various muscles and surrounding skin of the vagina.
If this condition is concerning to you, speak to one of our caring surgeons about your suitability for Labia Reduction Surgery or for MonaLisa Touch vaginal laser rejuvenation.
How is the Labia Reduction Surgery performed?
A Labia Reduction should always be performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at either an accredited out patient surgery centre or a Hospital.
There are two main surgical techniques used in Labiaplasty surgery, the trim method and the wedge method.
- The Trim method is sometimes referred to as the strip method.
- This is the most commonly used method for reducing the length of the labia.
- The surgeon will remove excess labial skin along the length (edge) of the labia minora.
- This method is less likely to cause complications and a good choice for patients looking to remove any darker, longer edges of the labia.
- The Wedge Method removes a wedge-shaped portion of the unwanted labium which reduces the bulk of the labia minora.
- The wedge of labial tissue is removed without affecting any functioning areas of the vagina
- This method can also help to reduce any excess tissue in those areas as well.
Labiaplasty surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic with sedation, however in some cases it is preferred that the patient is put under a general anaesthetic. Dissolvable stitches are used in the process of this procedure, which can result in discomfort for a few days as the stitches take around 7-10 days to dissolve.
Dr Rebecca Wyten may be available to discuss this procedure with patients who are suitable candidates for this surgery and in good general health.
Why have a Labiaplasty?
There can be many reasons why women might opt to have Labia Reduction Surgery and this will always vary among patients. Women can often be self-conscious about the appearance of their genitals, particularly as they get older and the labia may become stretched and saggy.
Should you consider labiaplasty surgery?
- Do you find yourself feeling self conscious about the appearance of your vagina lips?
- Are you emotionally distressed about the appearance of your vagina lips?
- Do your vagina lips cause you any irritation during sexual intercourse or certain physical activities?
- Does the appearance of your vagina stop you from participating in certain activities?
What problems does Labiaplasty address?
A Labia Reduction is often chosen by patients who would like to reduce the length of the labia as a result of experiencing discomfort or pain, or simply because they aren’t happy with the way their labia looks. Some women develop these concerns following childbirth or as they grow older
Candidates usually have these signs or symptoms
- Long, or ‘hanging’ vaginal lips
- Labial discomfort, pain, or irritation – particularly during certain activities or while wearing certain clothes
- Embarrassment during intimacy
Things to consider before Labiaplasty
Surgery should never be taken lightly, and as with all other Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Procedures, it is important that you consider the reasons for wanting Labia Reduction surgery and the possible complications and results of the procedure.
- Labiaplasty does not make the vagina smaller; vaginoplasty and some laser procedures can assist with this.
- Patients should not rely upon Labiaplasty for sexual enhancement – this relies upon a number of different factors, not solely the size, shape, appearance or length of the labia majora and labia minora.
- If your main concerns for Labiaplasty are purely based on appearance, it might be worth talking to your Doctor or a Counselor first and foremost.
- What kind of results do you want from your surgery?
Recovery from Labiaplasty
- Luckily the vaginal area heals very quickly, meaning recovery for a Labiaplasty procedure is relatively minimal.
- Patients will experience some pain and discomfort for around 10 days but should improve after this point.
- Strenuous activities should be avoided for around 4 weeks, and sexual intercourse for 6 weeks. Pain medication is recommended to reduce any discomfort.
- Risks involved with Labiaplasty surgery include loss of sensation, infection, asymmetry of the labia and permanent scarring.
- These risks are uncommon but can occur, so it’s important to be informed of these complications prior to surgery.
Choosing a surgeon
Patients seeking Labia Reduction surgery should always look for a surgeon that belongs to a professional body, for example, a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) who has completed a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical training and education, as well as at least five years of specialist postgraduate training.
Dr Rebecca Wyten may be available to discuss this procedure with patients who are suitable candidates for this surgery.
Dr. Rebecca Wyten, MBBS, FRACS (Plas), our Female Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is a talented Melbourne Surgeon specialising in a number of Plastic Surgery procedures including Labioplasty and other reconstructive surgery procedures. She is FRACS qualified and has had extensive experience and training in New South Wales, Victoria, and France. Her focus areas include aesthetic and reconstructive surgery for women.
There are a number of questions that you might want to ask your surgeon:
- Their experience at performing Female Genital Surgery
- What is their particular technique? (Labiaplasty has several surgical variations)
- The possible risks/complications and side effects of the procedure and how these might be managed by your surgeon
- Levels of post-operative pain and how this can be treated
- The general amount of recovery time needed post-surgery
Frequently Combined Procedures
You may be a candidate for complimentary surgeries and non-surgical procedures – ask your Surgeon about:
Ask about our female Plastic Surgeon for Labioplasty or Labiaplasty.
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- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
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- You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
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