One thing that many women have in common is that they aren’t totally comfortable with their genitalia. Whether you are unhappy with the shape and size of your labia or you’ve been experiencing discomfort, a labiaplasty can change your life.
For years, women were unaware of their options and shy to discuss their issues. Fortunately, that is all changing. These days, women are empowered to make a change and get the body that they have always wanted. By eliminating discomfort, improving sexual response, and creating a beautiful vaginal area, a labiaplasty can be a dream come true.
What are the labia?
A woman’s vulva, or external genitalia, contains two sets of labia. These are the labia minora (the inner lips) and the labia majora (the outer lips). The labia majora is the external genital area and it’s the part that you will see without spreading your legs. The labia minora are the two pieces of skin that are located on either side of the vaginal opening, inside of the labia majora.
The labia minora, or inner lips, is important for maintaining optimal levels of moisture and hygiene of the vulva and vagina. The labia majora is the part of your body that protects the delicate soft tissues of your vulva and contains pubic hairs. This hair is meant to protect the rest of your vulva from stress and friction.
How do normal-looking labia appear?
Every woman is different and their genitals are no exception. The appearance of the labia varies widely and there is no universal aesthetic ‘normal’. Some women find that their labia minora begins to protrude beyond the labia majora during puberty while others may find that their labia minora becomes enlarged after pregnancy.
The ideal relationship is for the labia majora to completely cover the labia minora. Over time, the labia minora may become enlarged so that they protrude beyond the labia majora, with the delicate mucosal tissue of the labia minora exposed to friction, which causes pain, discomfort, and hygiene concerns.
There is no standard or “normal” labia. The size and shape of your labia are largely determined by genetics but aging and childbirth will create changes as well. For some women, the labia changes back after pregnancy while other women see a permanent change.
Generally speaking, these changes are only cosmetic although, in some cases, they may cause discomfort. Since your labia minora has delicate mucosal tissue, it can be easily irritated by the friction of tight clothing or exercise. Often women live with this problem for many years. They deal with ongoing pain, discomfort, and feelings of self-consciousness.
Enlarged labia can even be visible through tight clothing and swimsuits, which makes women feel uncomfortable in their own skin. The good news is that a labiaplasty can create a smooth look so you can feel confident wearing anything you like.
While it may not be something that women like to discuss, this is an incredibly common problem that affects countless women. Many women feel shy discussing a large or irregular labia, painful intercourse, or regular discomfort. This means that far too many women are unaware of their options.
What can a labiaplasty do for me?
Far too many women are unaware of the options available to them. Our Sydney clinic provides a discreet and private environment where you can discuss your concerns openly with Dr Turner.
Some of the many benefits of Labiaplasty surgery include:
• Decrease pain and discomfort
• Correct uneven labia minora
• Improve the appearance of the external genitalia
• Ability to wear tight clothing comfortably
• Improve exercise tolerance
• Minimize discomfort with sexual intercourse
• Minimize recurrent infections
What Is Labiaplasty Surgery?
With modern labiaplasty techniques, we aim to not only correct large or misshapen labia and enhances the external appearance of the perineum but restore your confidence and femininity.
With the increased awareness about the function and cosmetic improvement after labiaplasty surgery and the relief both physically and emotionally it brings women, labiaplasty has quickly become one of Dr Turner’s most common procedures performed.
Labiaplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital with the assistance of a consultant anaesthetist. You can expect your procedure to take one to two hours. Most women go home the same day.
During a labiaplasty procedure, small incisions are made to remove any excess tissue while reducing or reshaping the labia minora. The procedure doesn’t affect the clitoris and it won’t affect sexual sensation. In fact, many women report having an improvement in their sex life after the procedure
How is labiaplasty Surgery done?
There are numerous different labiaplasty techniques that can be done to meet your unique needs and wishes. As a labiaplasty specialist, Dr Turner is highly skilled at creating almost imperceptible scars that are hidden along the natural creases of the labia.
There are a range of different techniques that can be used, alone or in conjunction with others.
Trim (Amputation) 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 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.
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.
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.
What technique does Dr Turner use?
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 customized 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 then discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional techniques to create a treatment plan.
As a labiaplasty specialist, Dr. Turner is an experienced plastic surgeon who uses the most current techniques and surgical protocols. To reduce the risk of tissue damage and minimize scars.
What is Clitoral Hood Reduction Surgery?
Your glans clitoris is covered by skin, which is called the clitoral hood (or prepuce). This clitoral hood is similar in many ways to the foreskin on the male penis. This skin protects your clitoris from irritation, friction, and injury. Due to the high level of sensitivity of the clitoris, protection is essential.
Clitoral hood sizes vary and there’s no relationship between a woman’s frame size and her clitoral hood size. A very petite woman can have an oversized clitoral hood while a large woman can have a small clitoral hood. Having a large clitoral hood can be problematic. If the hood is large enough, it’s possible that the clitoris can’t be exposed. This can inhibit sexual arousal and reduce a woman’s satisfaction with her sex life.
A clitoral hood reduction, or hoodectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that reduces the amount of skin covering the clitoris, which enhances sexual arousal and improves the appearance of genitals and is frequently performed in conjunction with a labiaplasty.
During a clitoral hood reduction surgery, two bilateral incisions are made on either side of the hood. The excess tissue covering the clitoris is removed to create a smooth and tight area without reducing sensation or the ability to become aroused. The clitoris itself is unaffected by the procedure.
It is essential to create just the right amount of exposure for the clitoris. Removing too much of the clitoral hood, leading to ‘deroofing’ the clitoris can cause chronic irritation and discomfort. Dr Turner ensures that you have exactly the right amount of protection for your clitoris.
Labia Majora Reduction
As with many areas of the body, weight fluctuations, ageing and pregnancy can cause the labia majora to lose their fullness and volume, making them look deflated and saggy. With many women becoming unsatisfied with the appearance of their labia majora. With a combination of fat transfer and skin resection, the labia majora can be restored to a more youthful appearance.
While in some women the labia major may have become enlarged, which may cause an embarrassing bulge in tight-fitting clothes or swimwear. A combination of liposuction and/or direct excision of the excess tissue can be performed to give a more balanced appearance to the external genitalia.
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.
Labiaplasty Surgery Costs
Labiaplasty Surgery Packages
~ $9,000 or $65 per week
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between labiaplasty and vaginoplasty?
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.
What is the difference between labiaplasty and female circumcision?
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.
What are the potential risks of a labiaplasty?
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.
Will there be scarring after my labiaplasty procedure?
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.
What should you expect after labiaplasty surgery?
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.
When can I start exercising again?
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.
Will I be able to urinate right after the procedure? Will it hurt?
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.
How should I prepare for a labiaplasty surgery?
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
Does Health Insurance or Medicare cover labiaplasty?
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.
Can I have a labiaplasty if I’ve never had kids?
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.
What causes the labia to become enlarged and saggy?
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.
Do you perform revision labiaplasty?
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.