Labiaplasty Surgery in Melbourne by Female Plastic Surgeon
Dr Rebecca Wyten, Specialist plastic Surgeon performs Labiaplasty in Melbourne’s Eastern and South Eastern Suburbs.
What is a Labiaplasty or Labioplasty?
Labiaplasty or Labioplasty Reduction Surgery refers to a cosmetic procedure that changes the appearance of the labia minora genitalia. Most often the surgery involves reducing the inner labia (labia minora) so that they appear concealed or tucked inside the outer labia (labia majora).
Women who request this procedure usually have developed a ‘longer’ labia that protrude beyond the outer labia of the vagina. This can sometimes be a source of embarrassment and can also be generally uncomfortable for example when the labia rubs against underwear during everyday activities. A Labiaplasty can also be performed to reshape, reconstruct, tone and or tighten the various muscles and surrounding skin of the vagina.
Labiaplasty is the fastest growing cosmetic surgery in the world, according to a study from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
They found somewhat surprisingly, the plastic cosmetic procedure that has seen the most growth around the world in 2015/2016 has been labiaplasty. The number of labiaplasty procedures performed worldwide has exploded, with a stunning 45% increase over 2014/2015. Brazil is currently leading the way in the number of labiaplasty procedures, with 23,155, while the United States comes in at second place, with 13,266.
Dr Rebecca Wyten is available to discuss this procedure with patients who are suitable candidates for this surgery and in good general health.
Why have a Labiaplasty?
There are many reasons why a woman might opt to have aLabia Reduction Procedure. Women can often become self-conscious about the appearance of their vaginal area, particularly as they get older and the labia has become stretched and sometime sags.
Reasons why you may consider labiaplasty
- Distressed about the appearance of your vaginal lips
- Self conscious about the appearance of your vaginal lips
- Appearance of your genitals stop you from participating in some activities
- Irritation during sex or certain physical activities
- Uncomfortable with all the extra tissue “down there”
- Self-conscious changing in public at the gym or the club
- Uncomfortable riding a bicycle due to extra labia minora tissue that hurts when compressed against a surface
- Discomfort during physical activities such as running, doing yoga or having sex
- Long, or ‘hanging’ vaginal lips
- Labial pain, discomfort or irritation
- Embarrassment during sexual intimacy
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 vagina looks. Some women develop these concerns following childbirth or as they grow older.
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 actual vagina smaller; vaginoplasty and some laser procedures can assist with this.
- Candidates should not rely upon Labiaplasty for sexual enhancement.
- If your decision to have a Labiaplasty are purely appearance based, it might be worth talking to your GP or a Counselor first.
- What do you expect or want to achieve from your surgery?
How is the Labia Reduction Surgery performed?
A Labia Reduction (Labiaplasty or Labioplasty) should be performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at an accredited Hospital or out patient surgery centre.
Two main surgical methods are used in Labiaplasty surgery, the are both explained here:
1. Labiaplasty Trim or Strip Method
- Most common method to reduce the length of the labia.
- Removal of excess skin along the length (edge) of the labia minora
- The Trim Method is less likely to cause complications
- A good choice for patients looking to remove dark, long edges of the labia
2. Labiaplasty Wedge Method
- This Method removes a wedge-shaped portion of the labium reducing the bulk of the labia minora
- A wedge of labial tissue is removed without affecting any functional areas of the vagina
- Helps to reduce any excess tissue
Labiaplasty surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic in an accredited Hospital. Dissolvable stitches are used and will take around 7-10 days to dissolve.
Recovery after 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 your Labiaplasty surgeon
Patients seeking Labia Reduction surgery should always look for a surgeon that belongs to a professional body, for example, a member Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) who has completed a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical training and education, as well as at least five years of postgraduate training.
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 Labiaplasty and other reconstructive surgery procedures.
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
If this is something that concerns you, please speak to Dr Rebecca Wtyen, Female Plastic Surgeon for Women about your suitability for Labia Reduction Surgery (labiaplasty) or vaginal laser rejuvenation known as MonaLisa Touch.
Surgeries that are Frequently Combined with Labiaplasty
You may be a candidate for other surgeries and treatments that can complement your surgery – ask your Surgeon about:
- MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Revitalisation
- Tummy Tuck
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift with Implants
- Breast Reduction