Common Questions about Labiaplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation – Dr Turner’s Answers
Wondering if your vagina looks ‘normal’? You aren’t alone! The number of women talking to plastic surgeons about their vagina, labia, mons pubis, and clitoral hood has skyrocketed in recent years. In fact, the number of labiaplasty surgeries alone has increased by 40% just over the past year. Women are no longer shy to talk about their genitals.
The Rise of Vaginal Cosmetic Rejuvenation
Bringing up the topic of vaginal cosmetic surgery usually separates people into two vocal groups. There is always one very large group of people who have never heard of it, and then there is another group who are confused about why women would feel the need to improve the appearance of their vaginas.
There is also a third group that we don’t hear from as much. These are the women who are uncomfortable and frustrated with their bodies. Many of them saw dramatic changes to their genitals after childbirth. Some of them have been dealing with lifelong insecurity and physical discomfort from oversized labia.
If you are unhappy with your genitals or are living with regular discomfort, it’s time to look into your options.
What Is a Normal Vagina?
Let’s acknowledge that we tend to overuse the word vagina in conversations about health. Many people say vagina when they are actually talking about labia. It is important to remember that the vagina is internal whereas the labia is the external visible part. Likewise, there are also two very different common cosmetic surgeries, a labiaplasty and a vaginoplasty.
There’s a good chance that most women have never really given their vagina a good look. While it is something that you can definitely feel, you probably would never notice anything unique in your vagina’s appearance. Your labia, on the other hand, is the body part you are likely more familiar with.
Dr Turner says the majority of women who come to talk about their genitals are concerned with having an inner labia which they believe to be “too large”. It is very common to see cases where the inner labia are larger than the outer labia. In other words, the inner lips of the genitals hang out beyond the outer labia. During puberty, many women find that the inner labia, also known as the labia minora, grow beyond the outer labia and protrude outward. It’s also very common to see a change in your genitalia after childbirth or simply as you age. Women often get a labiaplasty to create a “cleaner” or “tucked in” look that removes the excess skin from the inner labia.
In terms of what is normal, it is estimated that around one in three women have labia that are considered to be oversized. The vast majority of the time, it’s all about aesthetics and personal preferences. There isn’t one standard appearance when it comes to the vagina or labia. There are situations, however, where large labia can become a medical concern. Since your labia is very delicate, it can be easily irritated. Women with large labia may find that they can’t wear fitted clothes or do intense exercise without discomfort. In fact, many women may find that they are actually covered for a labiaplasty by their health insurance provider in such cases.
A Large Labia or Saggy Labia is totally normal
Before we talk about labiaplasty, let’s just spend a moment considering how common large and labia are. The average woman has outer labia which measure from seven to 12 centimetres- and many women measure even larger. Whatever size or shape your labia are, there are sure to be countless women dealing with exactly the same issue. Doctors have seen it all so don’t be shy about talking to someone.
Some women find that their labia change after childbirth or a major weight loss while other ladies notice large labia very early in life. Regardless of the cause of your labia sagging or enlargement, don’t worry! It is completely normal but it’s not something that you have to live with. If your labia are making you uncomfortable or you just don’t like the look, a labiaplasty can help you.
You can have Labiaplasty Surgery even if you’ve never had Kids
You don’t need to be a mum to have a labiaplasty. This procedure can be a good option for any woman who is in good health and over the age of 18 years. While you don’t need to have kids to see great results, it is recommended that you don’t give birth after a labiaplasty. When you have a child, your labia can be completely changed. This means that the results of your labiaplasty will be unpredictable if you have to have kids after your procedure.
No One Will Be Able To Tell You’ve Had A Labiaplasty
The great thing about labiaplasty is that incision lines can be hidden in the natural creases of your body. With optimal placement and minimal scarring, it is highly unlikely that anyone will know you’ve had a procedure done.
A Labiaplasty And A Vaginoplasty Are Two Different Things
When you get a labiaplasty, you change the external look of your genitalia only. You can have the shape and size of both your inner and your outer labia changed but that’s the extent of a labiaplasty. In other words, nothing has changed internally. During a vaginoplasty, a loose or sagging vaginal opening can be tightened. It’s very possible to have both a labiaplasty and a vaginoplasty. Ultimately, the best option for you depends on your unique needs and body type.
As a leader in labiaplasty surgery, Dr Turner can assess your needs during your consultation at his Sydney clinic. He will then create a customised plan that will address all of your needs.
A Labiaplasty And Female Circumcision Are Different
Labiaplasty has been mistakenly linked to female circumcision in the past. While both procedures are done around the vagina, they are two very different things. Female circumcision is done to eliminate female sexual pleasure. The procedure is illegal throughout most of the world and is never done by professionals.
On the other hand, a labiaplasty is a safe procedure done to enhance the appearance of the labia and/ or eliminate discomfort.
What is Cosmetic Surgery for Your Vagina called?
First of all, let’s talk about some of the different options available for women. Have you heard that labiaplasty is actually the second fastest-growing plastic surgery procedure in the world? Labiaplasty procedures are incredibly popular in Sydney and worldwide. This is a procedure that alters the external look of your genitals. This is often done to create a smooth “tucked in” kind of look. On the other hand, a vaginoplasty is another common procedure that is done to reduce the actual size of the vagina to make it tighter.
Why Women Want Customised Vaginas
And, it’s about more than just labiaplasty! You can completely customise the look between your legs. From labiaplasty to clitoral hood reduction to pubic liposuction, you really can have a totally personalised look.
There are many reasons why women opt to make a change. Some women find that they are unhappy with their genitals from very early in life while others are frustrated by the change that they see after they have children, lose a significant amount of weight, or simply get older.
While sometimes it’s just a cosmetic issue, other women are dealing with daily discomfort and insecurity. Large labia can impact everyday activities. Countless women are dealing with constant discomfort as their labia rub uncomfortably against underwear and sometimes even hang out of swimwear.
What Is Labiaplasty Surgery?
A Labiaplasty is often referred to as a ‘vaginal rejuvenation’, a procedure where the size and shape of the labia minora or labia majora are altered cosmetically. With age and childbirth the labia and surrounding vaginal tissue, both external and internal, can change in shape, size and tone, which leads to enlargement of the labia. Other women may also have been born with asymmetrical or large labia.
Labiaplasty surgery has become one of the most commonly performed procedures by Dr Turner. It is also one of the cosmetic surgeries with the highest rate of patient satisfaction. Countless women have found the procedure to be completely life-changing. Think a labiaplasty might be right for you? Here’s what to expect.
On the day of your procedure, you can expect your operation to last one to two hours then you will be taken into a recovery room. Once you are awake and feeling well, you can go home on the same day as your procedure. Following your labiaplasty procedure, the small incisions will quickly heal and you’ll find no reduction in sexual satisfaction or sensation to your clitoris, vagina, or labia.
Want to learn more? Contact Dr Turner to learn more about the procedure and to set up a no-commitment chat about all of the options that are available to you.
What are the Benefits of a Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty surgery can be chosen for a number of reasons regarding functionality or cosmetic concerns. Often women have lived with this problem for many years, with ongoing pain and discomfort and feelings of self-consciousness. Due to the intimate nature of Labiaplasty, women are unaware that this is an exceptionally common problem affecting the health of many females. And of course, there is an excellent procedure that can provide women with long-lasting relief. Labiaplasty procedures also carry a Medicare rebate, with some private health funds covering hospital costs.
The Labiaplasty procedure is often chosen to:
- Relieve regular pain or infections
- Avoid discomfort with tight clothing and exercise
- Relive further discomfort when being intimate
- Correct uneven/asymmetrical labia minora
- Rejuvenate the external genitalia
What is the procedure and recovery time for a Labiaplasty?
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in a fully accredited hospital. The operation will last one to two hours, with patients being able to go home the same day. Recovery after Labiaplasty is rapid with most women able to return to normal activities after one week. Swelling and bruising of the genital region can develop over the first few days. Discomfort is treated with ice packs, rest and oral medication.
If you have the procedure at our locations, you will have an appointment to see Dr Turner within the first week after surgery to check that you are healing as expected. Dr Turner will see you several times over the first year to monitor your progress and will give you advice on scar management and resuming normal activities.
Why Do So Many Women Get Labiaplasty?
Did you know that labiaplasty is the second fastest-growing plastic surgery procedure? Ranking at number two just after butt augmentation, labiaplasty procedures are incredibly popular in Sydney and worldwide.
If you are unhappy with the look of your genitals, there are a lot of options these days. From labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction to pubic liposuction, you really can have a totally customised vagina. Wondering if it’s worthwhile? Here’s everything you need to know about labiaplasty.
Is My Labia Normal?
Before we talk about labiaplasty, it’s important to talk about what normal female genitals look like. What a lot of women don’t realise is that there is no one standard look. Vaginas and labia come in all different shapes and sizes.
Many women, however, have labia that get in the way of normal activity. Saggy labia cause serious discomfort by rubbing against underwear and may even be large enough to hang out of a bikini. Countless women are dealing with constant discomfort and insecurity.
Ultimately, meeting some standard of normal or attractive appearance is irrelevant. A labiaplasty procedure is all about making you feel good and comfortable in your own skin. Whether that means eliminating discomfort or just creating a look that you love, a labiaplasty can be a great option for many women.
How Does A Labiaplasty Help?
A labiaplasty removes excess and loose skin from the labia to shorten or reshape the labia. This is procedure performed under general anesthesia in a private hospital. The operation takes around two hours.
What’s The Difference Between Vaginoplasty And A Labiaplasty?
In everyday talk, we often refer to the entire female genital area as as a vagina but, anatomically speaking, this is incorrect. Before you can really talk about different procedures, it’s important to be totally clear on the different parts (and don’t be embarrassed if you aren’t 100% sure- it’s very common!).
When we talk about the vulva, we are talking about external genitals. This is the part that grows hair. When we are talking about the vagina, we’re talking about the opening itself. The labia are the lips that surround the vaginal opening.
You might have heard of women getting a “vaginal rejuvenation.” This often involves getting a vaginoplasty, labiaplasty, and/or vulvaplasty. A vaginoplasty tightens the vagina. A labiaplasty or vulvaplasty reshapes the labia or vulva, respectively.
What is it Like to have Cosmetic Surgery on your Vagina?
Whether you opt to get a labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction, pubic liposuction, or a vaginoplasty, you can expect to have a relatively quick procedure. The majority of operations are around two hours long, and many women return home the very same day of their procedures.
Following your procedure, you’ll want to take about a week off of work. You’ll see some swelling at first, with full results visible after four to six months.
Why Is Vaginal Rejuvenation So Popular?
There are countless reasons why a woman might want a labiaplasty. Some women find that they are unhappy with their genitals from very early in life. Other women have a change in their body after they have children, lose a significant amount of weight, or simply find that their body is not the same as they get older. Whether it is a major change to the genital structures or a minor fix.
Want to learn more about getting a labiaplasty? Contact Dr Turner at Labiaplasty Specialist to see up a one-on-one chat. He is an expert in vaginal rejuvenation and can create a treatment plan that is perfect for you.
Are you considering getting a labiaplasty? You aren’t alone! It is one of the most popular procedures in Sydney and across the world. One by one, women are deciding that they don’t just have to live with their body issues. Why be uncomfortable and insecure when there’s a simple, safe, and affordable solution?
Are there Risks with a Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty surgery is not without its risks which are no different to any other surgical procedure. Risks include bruising, swelling, bleeding, asymmetry, wound infection and scarring.
Please read Dr Turner’s page on the risks of surgery for more details.
Please note the clitoris is not touched during the Labiaplasty procedure and changes in sensation should not be experienced.
The best way to avoid such risks is to have your consultation with an accomplished and highly qualified cosmetic plastic surgeon that has performed this procedure numerous times with highly desirable results.
Always choose a specialist plastic surgeon for your labiaplasty – not an undertrained doctor or self-proclaimed ‘cosmetic surgeon’
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