What is Labiaplasty?
This procedure is to reduce or reshape the inner lips of the vagina.
Labiaplasty takes place in the Labia Minora, which are the inner lips of the opening of the vagina. They naturally change in appearance as women age and especially with the vaginal delivery of a baby. They also vary in colour from one woman to another. These changes and variations, over time, and from person to person, are normal and to be expected.
Some women find enlarged Labia Minora can be uncomfortable during sex, which can be improved with labia reduction.
Who is a good candidate?
Someone concerned with the following characteristics:
- The appearance of enlarged or irregular labia (inner lips)
- Discomfort due to enlarged labia (during sex, wearing tight clothes etc.,)
Who is not a good candidate?
Enlarged Labia Majora (this requires a different procedure called Labia Majoraplasty)
- Unrealistic expectations
Dr Oates performs Labiaplasty at Academy Day hospital under twilight sedation and local anaesthetic.
Dr Oates performs the “free edge trimming” technique for Labiaplasty because it is the most reliable to produce a symmetrical and neat appearance. It also leaves undisturbed all of the remaining Labia Minora ensuring natural sensation and appearance. Use of radio frequency surgery provides a near bloodless surgical field with minimal trauma for more rapid healing. The edge is gently closed with dissolving sutures.
How long will I take off work?
You may experience some discomfort, swelling, bruising and discharge/ooze after the procedure.
No vaginal packing is used for Labiaplasty. Some patients find it useful to use sanitary pads in the first week. Icepacks can be used on the area on and off for the first 48 hours. You may return to sexual intercourse after a month if you feel comfortable.
Is there discomfort?
Discomfort can be managed initially with Tramadol for the first 2 days, then Panadol can be taken for discomfort after 2 days.
Pre and post operative care
Your pre and post operative care is managed by our registered nurses. This will include pre operative assessment and post operative wound management.
Risks and complications
There is a small risk of complications with any surgical procedure. This will be discussed at your consultation. You will also be provided with written information on Labiaplasty.
I am interested what now?
Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. If you have a GP referral you will be able to claim some of the cost of the consultation from Medicare. If Dr Oates decides you are a suitable candidate and you want to go ahead, a booking for surgery and the pre operative care is scheduled. The usual waiting time is three to four weeks.
You may wish to speak with our nurse consultant prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this complimentary consultation, the nurse consultant can discuss both surgical and non surgical options to treat your concern(s).
For more detailed information on Labiaplasty, visit http://www.facialplastics.com.au/pd84-56/vaginal-cosmetic-surgery/