What Is a Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty refers to any surgical procedure that aims to modify the labia. The goal is usually to reduce or reshape the labia minora so that it no longer hangs below the labia majora. In other cases, women may request changes to their labia majora, clitoral hood or mons pubis. With a high rate of patient satisfaction, labiaplasty is designed to increase comfort and confidence.
An asymmetrical or enlarged labia minora may be the result of:
- Friction or irritation
Who is a good candidate for Labiaplasty?
The ideal candidate for labiaplasty surgery is typically a woman who:
- Is in good physical and mental health
- Has realistic wants and expectations
- Is concerned by the appearance of their labia, or vaginal lips
- Experiences irritation or pain during sexual activities
- Experiences irritation or pain when riding a bike or during other physical activities
Recovery from a Labiaplasty
Recovery varies from patient to patient. Most patients describe the sensation as discomfort rather than pain, and we ensure your post-operative comfort with oral pain medication prescribed after the procedure.
There may be mild swelling that resolves within two weeks. Due to increased blood supply to the vagina, incisions are usually quick to heal, and scarring is minimal. To minimise any swelling or pain, we typically suggest icing the area with a cold pack placed between your underwear and an elastic garment, such as Spanx.
Most women choose to take around a week off work following their labiaplasty procedure. You should also avoid excessive exercise for four weeks and vaginal intercourse for six weeks.
We will schedule post-operative appointments throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Clinic or in person at our James St clinic.
0.45 – 1.15 hours
Appointments at week 1 & 2
TIME OFF WORK
2 – 4 days
None for 4 weeks
Abstained for 6 weeks
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All surgeries carry associated complications and risks. Including: bleeding, infection, reaction to anaesthesia, dissatisfaction with cosmetic result. Please ask for a copy of the surgical consent form for a more detailed view.
During a labiaplasty procedure, incisions will be made in the natural folds of the skin. As such, scarring is nearly invisible and will eventually fade completely with proper wound care techniques.
Yes. A labiaplasty will not inhibit your ability to give natural birth. However, pregnancy may impact your labiaplasty results, as additional hormones during pregnancy can cause the labia to grow. For this reason, we generally recommend that you wait until you finish having children to have this procedure.
The cost of your labiaplasty can be broken down into three main components: the surgeon’s fee charged by Dr Chinsee, anaesthetist fees and hospital fees. At Inigo Cosmetic, we customise our surgeries to each individual patient. To receive a detailed cost breakdown, please get in touch to book a consultation with Dr Chinsee.