Cosmetic Surgery

Labiaplasty (Labia Reduction): Enhancing Comfort and Confidence

Introduction to Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty, also known as labia reduction, is a surgical procedure designed to reshape or reduce the size of the labia minora, the inner lips of the vulva. This procedure is often considered by women who experience discomfort, self-consciousness, or functional issues due to enlarged or asymmetrical labia. These issues may include chafing, pain during intercourse, or difficulties with certain activities or clothing.

During a labiaplasty, Mr Butler reshapes or removes excess tissue from the labia minora to achieve the desired aesthetic or functional outcome. The procedure can be performed using different surgical techniques, such as the trim method or the wedge method, depending on the appearance of the area and the desired result.

Key Details of the Procedure

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Cost: $6000 in clinic, $12000 at Grace Hospital
  • Anaesthetic: Local anaesthetic or General anaesthetic
  • Length of stay: Day stay surgery

Post-Surgery Care and Downtime

  • Showering: You can shower the wounds the day after surgery. It's important to shower the area after passing urine.
  • Exercise: Light exercise can be resumed 1 week after surgery, while strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4 weeks post-surgery. Avoid sexual intercourse for 4 weeks after surgery.
  • Driving: On the day of surgery if local anaesthetic is used. The day after surgery if general anaesthetic is used.
  • Work: You can return to desk-based work 1 week after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Labiaplasty

How is labiaplasty performed?

Labiaplasty can be performed using different surgical techniques, such as the trim method or the wedge method. The trim method involves removing the excess tissue along the outer edges of the labia minora, while the wedge method involves removing a triangular-shaped piece of tissue from the centre of the labia and then suturing the remaining tissue together. The choice of technique depends on your particular anatomy and desired outcome.

What is the recovery period like after labiaplasty?

Recovery after labiaplasty can vary from person to person, but most individuals can expect some swelling, discomfort, and bruising in the area. Meticulous hygiene around the area for the first 2 weeks after surgery is essential to minimise the risk of infection. This involves showering the area twice a day and after passing urine. You should avoid strenuous exercise or sexual intercourse for 4 weeks after surgery.

Are there any risks or complications associated with labiaplasty?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications associated with labiaplasty. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, changes in sensation, or dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome. Mr Butler will discuss these risks with you in detail at your consultation.

Will labiaplasty affect sexual sensation or function?

Labiaplasty is primarily focused on altering the appearance of the labia, and it is not intended to directly enhance or diminish sexual sensation or function. However, it's possible that some individuals may experience changes in sensation due to the surgery.