What is a labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is the surgical procedure which aims to reduce and reshape the labia minora. Labia minora is the inner skin of the vulva, like other body parts, vulvas can also come in different colours, shapes, and sizes.
Oftentimes the larger the labia minora, the more discomfort it can cause the individual. Using a number of techniques depending on the labia minora, labiaplasty surgery can rejuvenate the labia minora in less than 2 hours.
Approximately 40% of women have concerns regarding their labia with at least 10% considering having Labiaplasty. If you have experienced the following, you may be in the 10%:
Pain during sexual intercourse
Discomfort from rubbing/chafing against underwear from everyday activities including exercising
The Vaginal Rejuvenation Process
There are 2 popular types of labiaplasty procedures: the trim procedure and the wedge procedure. The difference in the 2 procedures are in the incisions they make on the inner vulva.
The trim procedure makes lengthwise incisions on both sides of the labia minora, beginning at the bottom of the labia and working towards the top. The trim procedure focuses on removing excess skin on any section of the labia minora.
This is then sutured (a stitch using dissolvable material), which will dissolve in 7 to 21 days, allowing the skin tissue to heal on its own time. Due to the nature of the incision, the trim leaves a slightly visible scar on the edge of the labia.
During the wedge procedure, your cosmetic surgeon makes a V-shaped incision on each of the labia minora.
The gap is then stitched together with dissolvable sutures, tightening the skin and making the labia shorter.
What to expect from a labiaplasty procedure?
Labiaplasty is a procedure with a very high patient satisfaction rate. After the procedure, the majority of women experience complete or at least a partial reduction in pain/discomfort.
Dr Goldman is an experienced Cosmetic Surgeon and has performed Labiaplasty in Perth for many years. As an experienced Specialist Surgeon, Dr Goldman only performs labiaplasty at a fully accredited hospital where patient care can be delivered at the highest level.
Things to avoid with a Labiaplasty procedure
If you’re considering getting a labiaplasty, there are a few things you should be careful to avoid.
Make sure you don’t over-shorten the labia minora in your procedure – despite wanting a shorter labia minora, it is vital that patients consider the importance of having a labia minora that’s proportioned with their labia majora (the outer labia). The point of the vulva is to prevent bacteria from entering the vagina, over-shortening can give bacteria ease of access, causing chronic bacterial infections and other issues.
Why choose Dr Goldman?
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Throughout the entire process, from your initial consultation through to aftercare, Dr Goldman and his staff are committed to ensuring you achieve the best results from your cosmetic surgery by offering you the highest level of professional care and ongoing support.
Labiaplasty is a very personal subject and Perth surgeon Dr Goldman treats your consultation with the highest degree of respect and professionalism.
The consultation with Dr Goldman is an opportunity to freely discuss your Labiaplasty aspirations with a well-respected and experienced specialist Surgeon.
For your consultation, it is always helpful to come prepared with any questions that you may have in relation to the procedure.
During the consultation, Dr Goldman will guide you through the whole process, including setting realistic expectations, the procedure, the aftercare and the risks that are attached to the surgery. You will walk out of the initial consult learning more about the procedure and what it can mean for you.
The procedure itself generally takes between 1 to 2 hours and usually requires a light general anesthetic. The excess labial tissue is excised and the wound is closed with dissolvable sutures.
The incision is very inconspicuous and, over time can become completely unnoticeable. Labiaplasty has become an increasingly sought-after procedure over recent years due to the greater awareness of its availability.
You will be reassessed by your Cosmetic Surgeon Dr Goldman after your cosmetic surgery to make sure everything is healing properly.
Dr Goldman uses delicate internal, absorbing sutures to close your wounds after your cosmetic surgery. Therefore, no sutures (stitches) need to be removed.
After the surgery, Dr Golman will ensure that you are fit to go home. He will be readily available for as many reviews as required by the patient.
Day 1-2 Following Labiaplasty Surgery
Typically, the labia and surrounding areas will be swollen and experience bruising. Ice packs will help to reduce the swelling and bruising. You may have to use a donut-shaped cushion to sit for comfort.
Strictly no contact sports or activities are allowed during this time.
Week 1-4 Following Labiaplasty Surgery
Swelling and bruising should start visibly reducing, the patient will continue to use ice packs to ease pain and may be prescribed medications for pain.
After consulting the surgeon, and an assessment of the rate of recovery, contact activities can be discussed.
Weeks 4-6 Following Labiaplasty Surgery
You should be close to full recovery and can return to contact sports and other activities.
Reviews post surgery are dependent on the patient and are included with the surgery fees; as a general rule of thumb, the reviews take place 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 12 weeks post surgery.
DR ROBERT GOLDMAN
Dr Robert Goldman FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), MB, ChB, B.Sc (hons) is a Specialist Surgeon with a focus in Cosmetic Surgery with over 35 years of experience. As well as being a Specialist Surgeon, Dr Goldman continues to specialise as a surgeon in women’s breast health.
Specialising in both of these select fields is rare, and ensures that Dr Goldman will take care of both your Cosmetic Breast Enhancement aspirations, as well as your overall breast health.
A consultation with Dr Goldman will always include a complimentary medical breast assessment, which ensures total breast health prior to proceeding with Cosmetic Breast Enhancement.
Aftercare is also an essential part of Dr Goldman’s professional service to his clients with a personalised follow-up plan provided at your consultation.
Dr Goldman is happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure during your consultation and will offer extensive reading and educational material to take home to assist you in the education and decision-making process.
Dr Robert Goldman
Frequently Asked Questions
A standard labiaplasty will take no longer than 2 hours.
The patient is able to leave the clinic 3-4 hours post-surgery (this is subject to change depending on any complications during the procedure).
As of the 1/11/2018, changes are made to Medicare and what can be claimed as a medical procedure. Dr Goldman can send your client file to Medicare for approval before or after the surgery. If approved by Medicare, the patient’s surgery can be covered by Medicare.
- Wear 100% cotton underwear to avoid any discomfort.
- Avoid wearing tight pants or fitted bottoms.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid indigestion.
- Ice the area regularly and take pain medications as prescribed.
- Do not partake in contact activities outside of the recommended timeline as discussed with Dr Goldman.
Every surgical procedure comes with its risks. Risks for labiaplasties are rare but they include heavy discharge mixed with blood and abnormal bruising called hematoma.