Labiaplasty, and indeed vaginal surgery of all kinds, has grown in popularity at a pace not far behind that of penis enlargement surgery. There are several reasons why a woman may undergo a labiaplasty, but perhaps one of the most important things any of these women need to do is to make sure they are going to a surgeon who knows what they’re doing. This is a super sensitive area of one’s body we’re talking about and you don’t want to mess with it!
Dr Scott Turner, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon based in Dee Why NSW has recently launched his new website dedicated to labiaplasty, and with his years of training and experience in this surgery he was the best person we knew to ask to enlighten us on what’s involved in these delicate operations.
What’s Involved in Labiaplasty surgery?
There are a few different surgeries that address specific vaginal issues. These are:
Labia Minora Reduction
The labia minora refers to the two flaps of skin on either side of your vaginal opening. They are the inner “lips” of the vagina, situated between the labia majora (the outer lips). They vary in appearance, with different shapes, sizes and colour for each woman. Their function is to maintain lubrication and hygiene of the vulva. They can become enlarged during pregnancy or even during puberty and overly enlarged labia minora can cause discomfort, especially if they protrude out past the outer lips.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
This is the skin that covers the clitoris. This surgery is often performed with a labia minora reduction. Excessive skin in this area can not only lead to discomfort but can actually affect sexual function due to the clitoris being less exposed. It can also cause irritation in some cases. Removing this excess skin can assist in increased sensation during sex, create a more refined appearance and reduce any irritation that might have been occurring.
The mons pubis is that fatty area that covers our pubic bone. During puberty it will grow hair and as with all other parts of our bodies, can vary in size with each female. It is this variation in size that leads to some women being unhappy about it’s appearance and make them dissatisfied about their “mound”. Pregnancy and childbirth, along with ageing and weight gain can also lead to a sagging of the tissue so that it doesn’t appear so “perky” and youthful. You might be surprised to know that as with other areas of fatty tissue, you can have liposuction on your mons pubis! You can also have a mons lift which will “lift” the tissue back up to a more buoyant position.
Labia Majora Reduction
The labia majora are the two larger folds of your vagina reaching down from your mons pubis to your perineum. As with other parts of your vagina, ageing, weight gain and childbirth can cause the labia majora to lose their plumpness and voluptuousness leaving them look flattened and unimpressive. On the other side of the coin, in some women the labia majora may look enlarged and lead to a prominent appearance in tight fitting clothing or swimwear leading to embarrassment and cover up. This can also be a huge issue for any women who love to ride bikes, where the friction caused by larger labia majora can cause irritation and pain.
Dr Turner says there are a couple of approaches to help this problem. “To treat the issue, a combination of liposuction and a removal of excess tissue can create a youthful and streamlined look. During a labia majora reduction a crescent shaped section of tissue is removed from the inner labium. This surgery is relatively minor and can be performed in a private Sydney hospital with general anaesthesia.”
What’s the difference between a labiaplasty and a vaginoplasty?
We get asked this question a lot. We asked Dr Turner to explain. “Labiaplasty is focused on the external appearance of your genitalia. Whilst 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.”
Dr Turner has performed many of these surgeries and travels the world to ensure he is using the most efficient and reliable techniques to produce the best results available. Dr Turner has a real knack for helping you to feel comfortable, from your initial consultation through to your recovery from your surgery and has women all of Australia travelling to Sydney to seek his expertise.
If you’d like to arrange a consult with Dr Scott Turner contact his clinic on 1300 437 758 or check out his dedicated labiaplasty website. If you’d like to read more about him first or other blogs about labiaplasty check out these links: