The shape and size of the labia minora, labia majora, clitoral hood or mons pubis can cause physical discomfort while wearing clothes, or during sexual intercourse, as well as lower confidence levels for those who are concerned with the appearance of the area. Plastic surgeon Dr Fraser-Kirk can reduce the size or modify the shape of these areas, restoring comfort and self-esteem.
What are the reasons to undergo a labiaplasty?
The decision to undergo a labiaplasty is highly personal and each patient will have their own personal reasons for deciding upon a surgical change.
The common reasons that patients may choose to have a labiaplasty include:
- Experiencing discomfort or pain when wearing clothing, such as underwear, tight jeans or pants, and swimwear
- Experiencing discomfort or pain when sitting down, such as due to putting pressure on a larger labia minora or labia majora
- Experiencing discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse, due to certain characteristics such as a larger or longer labia
During your consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk, it can be determined if labiaplasty is a suitable procedure for you. Suitable candidates can include patients who:
- Have aesthetic or functional concerns with the labia
- Are physically and mentally healthy
- Are non-smokers
- Are at least 18 years of age
How is the labiaplasty procedure performed?
The specifics of the labiaplasty procedure will be different for each patient, as the procedure will be tailored to address the personal concerns of the patient. Either general anaesthetic can be used, depending on the procedure details or your personal preferences.
For procedures focused on reducing the size or altering the shape of the labia minora, there are two pain types of procedures:
- The trim procedure: Trimming the excess labia minora tissue, shaping it to become symmetrical with the labia majora
- The wedge procedure: Removing a V-shaped piece of tissue from both sides of labia minora, and suturing the remaining sections together
The procedure can change the shape or size of the labia majora, which typically involves removing excess skin to reduce the size, or applying fat injections to increase the size.
If the size of the clitoral hood needs to be reduced, this will generally involve removing larger skin folds over the clitoris.
If the size of the mons pubis needs to be altered, this may involve removing excess fat from the area by using liposuction or performing a pubic lift, in which excess tissue is removed. During your consultation, plastic surgeon Dr Fraser-Kirk can determine the right procedure steps to include in your surgery.
What steps should I follow during my recovery?
After your labiaplasty procedure, you may experience some pain and discomfort in the operated area. Swelling and temporary discoloration is also normal and will subside as your body heals, decreasing within the first two to six weeks of recovery. Swelling may take four to six months to fully subside. To support your recovery, you will need to follow your recovery instructions, which will be tailored to the specific details of your procedure and your general health.
General recovery instructions:
- Take some time off from work for about four weeks
- Avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting and sexual intercourse for four to six weeks
- Avoid swimming pools, bathtubs and spas
- Manage swelling or discomfort by gently applying cold compress
- Manage pain with prescribed medication, if necessary
- Wear loose and breathable underwear
- Keep the area clean as instructed
- Apply a lubricant to prevent itching or scabbing
- Do not use tampons until the area has fully healed
- Attend post-surgical check-ups to ensure that you are healing sufficiently
How much does a labiaplasty cost in Sunshine Coast?
Since the procedure details will vary from patient to patient, each patient will have different procedure costs. Your consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk can provide you with a personalised quote, based on the complexity of your surgery, anaesthesia fees, surgeon fees, and hospital fees.
What are the risks and complications associated with labiaplasty?
The risks and complications of labiaplasty include:
- Sensation changes
- Under correction or over correction of concerns
You will need to monitor your health throughout your recovery and report any concerning symptoms to your doctor as soon as possible. Certain complications can be addressed with the right medical care and others may require revision surgery to make the necessary corrections. Adhering to your recovery instructions will help you to minimise your risks as much as possible, as well as following your preparation instructions.
Book your consultation with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk
Plastic surgeon Dr Fraser-Kirk will assess your goals for surgery, the features of the area and your suitability for surgery in a sensitive, supportive and empathetic approach.
Your consultation will provide you with preparation, recovery and costs information, ensuring that you feel prepared for your surgery. Dr Fraser-Kirk believes in taking a patient-focused approach, making sure that patients feel comfortable throughout their surgical journey.