Labiaplasty or Labia Surgery can help eliminate discomfort, improve sexual response, and create a more desirable vaginal area. Dr Scott Turner is one of the few specialist plastic surgeons who has expertise in Labiaplasty surgery in Australia. He has done hundreds of Labiaplasties, which you may ask to view during your confidential consultation. Dr Turner has clinic locations in Newcastle, the Northern Beaches and Bondi Junction.
What are the Labia?
The Vulva, which refers to a woman’s external genitalia, consists of two sets of Labia. These are known as the Labia Minora, which are the inner lips, and the Labia Majora, which are the outer lips. The labia Majora encompasses the external genital area and is visible without the need to spread one’s legs. On the other hand, the Labia Minora are the two folds of skin located on each side of the vaginal opening and are situated within the Labia Majora.
The labia minora, also known as the inner lips, play a crucial role in maintaining optimal moisture and hygiene levels of the vulva and vagina. They contribute to the natural lubrication and protection of the vaginal area.
On the other hand, the labia majora serves as a protective barrier for the delicate soft tissues of the vulva. It contains pubic hairs, which have a protective function by minimizing stress and friction on the rest of the vulva. This hair helps safeguard the vulva and surrounding areas.
Why do Women have Labiaplasty Surgery?
Numerous women experience discomfort or dissatisfaction with their genitalia, including concerns with the shape and size of their Labia Minora, Labia Majora and Clitoris Hood. In the past, women were often unaware of their options and felt hesitant to discuss such personal matters openly.
Fortunately, this landscape is evolving, and Dr Turner sees women weekly about these concerns. Through addressing discomfort, enhancing sexual response, and achieving aesthetic improvements in the vaginal area, a labiaplasty can fulfil aspirations for many individuals.
What are the Benefits of Labiaplasty Surgery?
Unfortunately, numerous women still lack awareness regarding the available options for addressing their concerns. All our clinics offer a confidential and discreet environment where you will feel comfortable discussing your specific concerns with both our female nurse, as well as Dr Turner.
Benefits will vary for each individual depending on their goals for surgery, however, a few commonalities include:
- Decreased pain and discomfort
- Correction of uneven labia minora
- Improved appearance of external genitalia
- Ability to comfortably wear tight clothing
- Improved tolerance to exercise
- Decreased or erased discomfort with sexual intercourse
Watch Dr Turner’s video on Labiaplasty Surgery
Clitoral Hood Reduction with Dr Turner
Clitoral Hood Reduction, also known as Hoodectomy, is a surgical procedure designed for women who experience excessive skin and hood covering the clitoral region. This procedure involves the careful trimming of excess skin to reduce bulkiness and achieve a more balanced appearance, it can also address issues such as discomfort and irritation and increase feelings of sexual pleasure.
Clitoral Hood Reduction is a fairly quick procedure, that is often combined with Labiaplasty surgery, and performed within an hour, which allows patients to be sent home on the same day.
Benefits of Clitoral Hood Reduction
Clitoral Hood Reduction is an ideal option for women who are facing emotional or physical challenges associated with an elongated clitoral hood. This procedure can offer several benefits, including:
- Increased Sexual Pleasure: By surgically removing excess skin, this procedure can enhance sexual pleasure and sensation
- Enhanced Stimulation: This procedure has the potential to improve clitoral stimulation, leading to a heightened sexual experience
- Increased Comfort: The surgery can alleviate discomfort
How do ‘Normal-Looking Labia Appear?
Every woman has unique genital anatomy which includes variations in the appearance of the Labia and Clitoral Hood. There is no universally defined aesthetic ‘normal’ for labial appearance. Some women may notice that their Labia Minora protrudes beyond the Labia Majora during puberty, while others may experience enlargement of the Labia Minora after pregnancy.
Ideally, the Labia Majora should provide complete coverage of the Labia Minora. However, over time, the Labia Minora may enlarge and extend beyond the Labia Majora. This can expose the delicate mucosal tissue of the Labia Minora to friction, resulting in pain, discomfort and hygiene concerns.
It is important to understand that there is no ‘standard’ or ‘normal’ size or shape for Labia. The size and shape of the Labia are primarily influenced by genetics, but changes can also occur due to factors such as aging and childbirth. While some women may observe a return to their pre-pregnancy labial appearance, others may experience permanent changes.
Each individual’s labial anatomy is unique and should be embraced as a natural variation rather than striving for a specific standard of appearance.
About Labiaplasty Surgery
With modern labiaplasty techniques, we aim to correct large or misshapen labia and enhance the external appearance of the perineum.
Due to the growing recognition of the functional and cosmetic benefits offered by Labiaplasty surgery, it has become one of Dr Turner’s most frequently performed procedures. The surgery provides physical and emotional relief for women seeking improvement.
Labiaplasty surgery is conducted under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital, with the support of an anaesthetist. The procedure typically lasts between one and two hours, and most women are able to return home on the same day.
During the surgery, small incisions are made to remove excess tissue while reducing or reshaping the Labia Minora.
Different Labiaplasty Surgery Techniques
There are numerous different labiaplasty techniques that can be done to meet your unique needs and wishes. As a labiaplasty expert, Dr Turner is highly skilled at creating almost imperceptible scars that are hidden along the natural creases of the labia.
There is a range of different techniques that can be used, alone or in conjunction with others.
1. Tissue Trim Technique
The original technique used in labiaplasty was simply removing the tissue at the free edge of the labia minora. This is a procedure used by many surgeons because it’s quick to perform and easy to learn. This method can be a good option for women who want to eliminate the darkening of the inner labia, that comes with age and pregnancy.
The disadvantage of this technique is that the natural texture of the labia minora is lost. This creates an overly smooth and unnatural look. There’s also an increased risk of nerve damage. A major limitation of this technique is that it can’t deal with excess tissue around the clitoral hood. Even if you aren’t concerned with the shape of your clitoral hood now, you may find this method creates an odd-sized clitoral hood.
2. De-Epithelization Technique
The de-epithelization technique allows you to maintain the natural texture of the labia minora edge. With this method, an incision is made in the inner and outer wall so that you can keep a natural labia edgeThe disadvantage to the de-epithelialization technique is that the labium width could increase if a considerable amount of tissue needs to be de-epithelialized adding bulk to the labia. Also for those with large labia, the free margin is not reduced in length and appears wrinkly.
3. Wedge Resection Technique
The wedge resection technique removes a wedge of tissue from the labia minora thickest portion. This method preserves the labia’s natural texture for a natural look and has been a popular technique used by many surgeons performing labiaplasty surgery over the last decade.
There is, however, the potential of nerve damage when done as a full-thickness resection. Another drawback is that this method doesn’t address the hyperpigmentation of the labial edge and if too much tension is applied then there is a risk of wound separation.
Dr Turner’s Unique Style of Labia Surgery – A fully customised approach for a truly Designer Vagina.
There is no one best technique and, in fact, the best option for you could require a blend of multiple techniques. Every woman is different and so is her labia. To find the best approach, Dr Turner will create a plan that is customised to your unique needs and wishes. When several methods are used in combination, it is called a composite labiaplasty. Dr Turner will have an in-depth conversation to assess your needs and then discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional techniques to create a treatment plan.
With expertise in Labiaplasty and Clitoral Hood Reduction surgeries, Dr Turner is an experienced specialist plastic surgeon who uses the most current techniques and surgical protocols. To reduce the risk of tissue damage and minimise possible scarring.
Recovery after Clitoral Hood Reduction
It is important to remember that each person is different and heals at a slightly different pace. Most patients are able to go back to work within three to four days after the surgery. You will have a follow-up post-op appointment, which should not be missed. During the first two weeks after the surgery, your body will start to heal. By the end of week two, your wound will be healed significantly, at which point you can start getting back to your usual activities.
Please avoid exercising at this point. Most people can get back to their exercise routine in four to six weeks after the surgery. It is best to avoid sexual intercourse for the first six weeks after the surgery. Always look for any signs of infections and if you spot any, immediately get in touch with your surgeon.
Labiaplasty Before and After Patient Photos
The information provided is for general purposes only, it is not intended to replace a professional consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Invasive procedures carry inherent risks and potential complications which will be discussed in detail. Results vary and should be used only as a guide as every client is unique, which is why a second opinion is advisable. Learn more about the risks of plastic surgery at https://drturner.com.au/patient-resources/risks-complications-of-surgery/
Labiaplasty FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions about Vaginal Surgery
[sc_fs_multi_faq headline-0=”h2″ question-0=”What is the difference between labiaplasty and vaginoplasty?” answer-0=”Labiaplasty is focused on the external appearance of your genitalia. While it is largely focused on aesthetics, it will also address external issues that can cause discomfort. The procedure is based around reducing and reshaping the labia minora. On the other hand, vaginoplasty, is focused on tightening of the vagina. This means reducing the diameter of the vaginal canal. A vaginoplasty can be done alongside a labiaplasty to enhance both the outer appearance and the inner size.” image-0=”” headline-1=”h2″ question-1=”What is the difference between labiaplasty and female circumcision?” answer-1=”Labiaplasty has been mistakenly linked to female circumcision in the past. While both procedures are done around the vagina, they couldn’t be more different. Female circumcision is a procedure done primarily in Africa and Asia. A female circumcision procedure removes part or all of the clitoris in an effort to reduce sexual satisfaction. Female circumcision is illegal in a large number of countries and is often performed by untrained individuals with no medical background, often in the homes of young girls who are underage and have rarely given consent. The practice of female circumcision, also referred to as female genital mutilation, is widely frowned upon and has no connection whatsoever to the labiaplasty procedure.” image-1=”” headline-2=”h2″ question-2=”What are the potential risks of a labiaplasty?” answer-2=”It is possible to have bruising, bleeding, swelling, infection, and scarring. There’s also a chance of developing asymmetry, under or over resection of labial tissue, or wound dehiscence / separation. It’s important to note, however, that the clitoris is not affected by a labiaplasty procedure. Sensation levels won’t be affected by the operation and your sexual satisfaction won’t be impacted.” image-2=”” headline-3=”h2″ question-3=”Will there be scarring after my labiaplasty procedure?” answer-3=”Any operation will leave a scar. Dr Turner, however, specialises in labiaplasty and scar minimisation. We take every precaution possible to ensure that you have minimal scarring. The labia minora typically heals extremely well with minimal scarring and Dr Turner will place the scar along your body’s natural creases so they are well hidden.” image-3=”” headline-4=”h2″ question-4=”What should you expect after labiaplasty surgery?” answer-4=”Good hygiene plays an essential role in reducing the risk of infection and discomfort. Dr Turner highly recommends taking a salt bath everyday. Baby wipes are another great way to keep your perineum clean. Dr Turner recommends that you wear a panty liner to absorb any spotting or light bleeding for the first two weeks after surgery. Since dissolvable stitches are used, your body will gradually heal itself. Swelling and discomfort of the vulva will gradually disappear over the first week after the surgery. Analgesia and ice packs are ideal for pain control after your procedure. Dr Turner will also give you a topical numbing cream and pain relieving medication to take home. You can also expect to return to work five to seven days after your procedure. It’s important, however, that you take it easy for the first six weeks. Avoid exercise and sex for the first six weeks after your procedure. One week after your procedure, you will return to our Sydney clinic for a post-operative check. Dr Turner will examine you and ensure that you are healing properly. You will return again in one month for a follow-up with the doctor. The full results will be evident in about four to six months.” image-4=”” headline-5=”h2″ question-5=”When can I start exercising again?” answer-5=”You’ll want to wait one to two months to start exercising again. Every woman is different so there are no exact guidelines. Dr Turner will regularly monitor your progress to see exactly where you are in the healing process. When you visit our Sydney clinic for follow-up appointments, Dr Turner will advise you when you can go back to your regular routine. In the meantime, you can still walk around and do other light exercise. Keeping your blood circulating will actually be good for you and speed up your recovery. Pushing yourself too hard, however, can cause problems. You’ll also want to be careful about wearing tight exercise clothes or doing activities like horse riding or bicycling.” image-5=”” headline-6=”h2″ question-6=”Will I be able to urinate right after the procedure? Will it hurt?” answer-6=”You won’t have any problem using the toilet after your procedure. There won’t be any stinging or pain. The only thing that will be different is that you’ll need to be careful when you are cleaning yourself. You will want to keep some water handy so that you can gently rinse your genital area then pat it dry. When it comes to defecating, you’ll want to be careful not too push too hard in the days immediately following your procedure.” image-6=”” headline-7=”h2″ question-7=”How should I prepare for a labiaplasty surgery?” answer-7=”When you visit our Sydney clinic, you will be given a full list of instructions that will walk you through the process step by step. If necessary, stop smoking one month before your scheduled surgery Stop drink one week before your scheduled surgery Find a friend or family member who can take you to and from the Sydney hospital Organise to take at least three days off of work Buy menstrual pads and comfortable underwear” image-7=”” headline-8=”h2″ question-8=”Does Health Insurance or Medicare cover labiaplasty?” answer-8=”While there is a Medicare item number to cover labiaplasty, this is rarely approved by Medicare and so labiaplasty is largely considered a cosmetic surgery procedure.” image-8=”” headline-9=”h2″ question-9=”Can I have a labiaplasty if I’ve never had kids?” answer-9=”Yes. A labiaplasty can be a good option for any woman who is in good health and over the age of 18 years. While women often choose to have a labiaplasty to deal with the effects of vaginal childbirth, it is not necessary to be a mother to have the procedure. Some women develop enlarged labia during puberty and a labiaplasty can be a good solution. While you might have been dealing with the condition for years, it is important to wait until you are over 18 to ensure that your body is fully developed before making a change as it allows for much more predictable results.” image-9=”” headline-10=”h2″ question-10=”What causes the labia to become enlarged and saggy?” answer-10=”Women who get labiaplasty come from a range of backgrounds. Some women have large or misshapen labia from child birth. Some women find that their labia begin to sag and become larger over time as women become older. Other women find that their labia change dramatically after childbirth. It’s also possible that labia become saggy after a major weight loss. Ultimately, the reasons don’t affect anything. Regardless of the cause of labia sagging or enlargement, a labiaplasty can transform your genitals. It’s also important to note that nothing can be done to prevent enlarged and saggy labia. This will naturally happen during the ageing process. Sexual activity and tampons will make no difference in the size of labia.” image-10=”” headline-11=”h2″ question-11=”Do you perform revision labiaplasty?” answer-11=”The majority of women who get a labiaplasty are very pleased with their results. There are always exceptions however. Dr Turner has worked with women who went to other doctors for their labiaplasty procedure and decided that they aren’t happy with it. If you are unhappy with the amount of tissue removed or are seeing asymmetry, Dr Turner can transform your look.” image-11=”” count=”12″ html=”true” css_class=””]
Why Choose Dr Turner Plastic Surgeon?
Dr Scott Turner is a highly experienced, fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon with current FRACS and ASPS memberships. He has spent a lifetime accumulating experience and qualifications in Breast, Body and Face Surgery.
You can fly overseas to find a cheaper surgeon in another country but not all Surgeons have the same experience or intensive training and testing qualifications.
Be sure you learn the differences between a Plastic Surgeon, a General Surgeon, a Dermatologist, a ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’ or other types of Doctors that may perform your surgery.
Choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon means you are choosing an accredited recognised plastic surgeon who performs surgery in an accredited hospital.
Your Labiaplasty Consultation with Dr Turner
The first step to getting a labiaplasty is coming in for a consultation. We understand that this is a big step for many women and we aim to make the process as simple and comfortable as possible.
Your labiaplasty consultation begins with a personal one-on-one consultation with Dr Turner at his Sydney or Newcastle clinic. At your first appointment with Dr Turner, you are fully informed about the surgical process and any possible complications that can develop.
We go through your medical history in detail and discuss your reasons and goals for seeking labiaplasty surgery. Dr Turner will examine you and assess the area you wish to be altered to determine your suitability for labiaplasty surgery. There is no need for an internal examination and any physical discomfort is minimal.
Always Do Your Research
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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?
- A GP Referral is required to Consult with Dr Turner (under new AHPRA Regulations)
- Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
- Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral
Making The Most Of Your Consultation
- Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation
- You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided
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How to Book Your Consultation
- You can book your initial consultation by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment
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