For women, the ‘normal’ range of the labia minora (the inner lips of the vaginal opening) appearance is broad. For some women, the labia minora are longer and overly protrude beyond the length of the labia majora – the outer ‘lips’ of the of the opening of the vagina.
For many women, their dislike of the appearance of their labia minora is a genuine issue. Some women also experience physical discomfort by simply wearing certain clothing. As well, some women also experience discomfort as well during intercourse. For these women and all these reasons, a Labiaplasty procedure may offer an extremely effective solution.
Why Choose a Labiaplasty Procedure?
While the appearance of the labia minor is different for every woman, age can also play a part in the appearance of the labia minor changing in shape and appearance. A vaginal delivery of a baby can also cause the appearance of the labia minor to change.
While the impacts of age and vaginal birth to the labia minor are completely normal, however, for some women, these changes are not pleasing. The unwanted change of appearance or the side effects of discomfort, especially during sex can cause distress for many women.
A woman’s self-esteem is precious and something to be honoured. If something impacts a woman’s confidence and comfortability, choosing a safe and effective solution can be an empowering experience. It is worth knowing that the Labiaplasty surgical procedure has an extremely high rate of patient satisfaction.
Your Labiaplasty Pre-Surgery Consultation
In your initial pre-surgery consultation, Dr Dilip will discuss the various procedural options with you and outline the best procedure to suit your individual needs and expectations. Please know that there is absolutely no need to feel embarrassed in discussing this procedure as Dr Dilip has many years of successfully performing the labiaplasty surgery.
It is important for those women who are considering this surgery that the Labiaplasty procedure does not tighten the vagina or increase sexual stimulation. The Labiaplasty procedure can however decrease sexual and emotional distress and any discomfort that may be caused by an enlarged or an abnormally shaped labia minora.
What is the Labiaplasty Procedure?
There are a range of different labiaplasty procedures, so it is very important that you only choose a specialised and qualified plastic surgeon, such as Dr Dilip Gahankari who has decades of experience in reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr Dilip will discuss the best procedural techniques for your individual needs.
Labiaplasty is not an overly complex surgery, but it is still a delicate surgery that requires qualified and skilled hands and vast, relevant experience. Labiaplasty surgery is essentially a cosmetic reduction of the labia minor, though this may additionally involve some reshaping of the labia minor.
The Labiaplasty procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic. Dr Dilip will discuss with you the appropriate care that you will require, including the type of anaesthesia and if a hospital stay is required. All this will be discussed in detail in your initial consultation with Dr Dilip Gahankari.
Recovery after Labiaplasty
A good recovery from any surgery hinges on going into surgery – in your best possible health. Be sure to be a committed non-smoker and avoid any excess alcohol in the weeks leading up to your surgery. It is also important to eat and rest well in the leadup to your surgery. Additionally, you may find it helpful to prepare in advance any assistance you may require after surgery, including childcare.
As with any plastic surgery, there will be a certain level of discomfort after the surgery. You can expect the area around the labia to be uncomfortable for a couple of days after surgery. However, Dr Dilip will ensure that your pain is well managed with the appropriate pain medication to ensure that you are comfortable as possible after your Labiaplasty surgery.
After Labiaplasty surgery it is important that you refrain from sex and the use of tampons for at least six weeks. This will give you the best chance to heal the delicate labia region after surgery. Light physical duties and walking can generally be resumed after two to six days, depending on your level of discomfort.
It is also important to wear loose clothing for obvious reasons. All these points will be discussed in detail prior to surgery with Dr Dilip and his staff. Dr Dilip’s supporting staff will always be on hand to assist you at every step of your recovery journey. You can expect to resume to normal daily activities, usually within three weeks after surgery. All stiches used for this procedure are absorbable.
Labiaplasty Before and After
Prior to your labiaplasty surgery you would have discussed the desired size and shape of the labia minor with Dr Dilip. You can expect to see the results immediately after surgery – though there will be swelling and incisions that will be healing. For most women, the final results will be fully and happily evident after a healthy healing period of approximately two months.
Scars are always present after any invasive surgery. A skilled and qualified plastic surgeon such as Dr Dilip will minimise any visible scars with incision placement in easily hidden sites. Any scars will naturally improve with time, resulting in a more pleasing looking labia minor, that is also more comfortable physically and emotionally.
Cost of Labiaplasty Australia
The cost of your Labiaplasty surgery will depend on the procedure, or the combination of techniques involved in your particular surgery. Dr Dilip Gahankari and the staff will go through the full costs with you in advance, including the cost of your hospital stay (if required) and your anaesthetist.
Choosing a Qualified and Experienced Labiaplasty Plastic Surgeon
Always look for a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Fellows of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). The Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) is fully accredited by the Australian Medical Council which is the only body authorised by the Commonwealth Government to certify all medical training. Only genuine plastic surgeons in Australia are members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Gold Coast plastic surgeon, Dr Dilip Gahankari is an experienced Labiaplasty surgeon and he will determine if the Labiaplasty procedure offers you the best possible result to suit your personal circumstances and expectations.
Further Reading About Labiaplasty Surgery
- SYDNEY – Labiaplasty Sydney by Dr Scott Turner Specialist Plastic Surgeon & Labiaplasty Expert
- GOLD COAST – Labiaplasty Gold Coast by Dr Mark Doyle Plastic Surgeon