Labiaplasty changes the appearance of the labia, relieving irritation and restoring self-confidence.
Many women suffer from oversized or asymmetrical inner labia (labia minora), the folds of skin or inner lips surrounding the entrance to the vagina. Elongated inner labia which extend past the outer vaginal lips (labia majora) are often a source of sexual embarrassment as well as causing discomfort when wearing bathing suits or other revealing or tight fitting clothing.
Dr Cope performs the surgery as a day-surgery procedure, with return to work in 7-10 days and return to sexual activity in a month*.
Frequently Asked Questions
Labiaplasty can be performed at any age after your body has finished growing. If you are about to have children soon then you should wait until after you have children, as in some people labial size increases with childbirth – if you are young and this is many years away then this should not be an issue. Labiaplasty can also be used to improve differences between the labia (minor asymmetry is common and essentially normal) if this is bothering you.
Labiaplasty reduces the size of the labia minora, the folds of skin or inner lips at the entrance of the vagina, making them less prominent. If you have large inner labia causing discomfort during everyday activities, sport and intercourse, then these symptoms are likely to be improved with the surgery.
There are many techniques of labiaplasty,with the commonest being the ‘inferior wedge technique‘, which leaves a normal appearance to the inner labia. Some people are concerned about the dark skin on the edge of their inner labia – in order to remove this a different technique removing the edge is required, with more obvious scars. In some people require fat transfer to the outer labia is needed to make the inner labia not as visible. To some extent the best technique depends on your individual anatomy – Dr Charles Cope will discuss options with you and be able to provide you with an individualised plan to give you the result you are after.
The scars for the commonest method (inferior wedge) of labiaplasty fade well and are rarely obvious, with a normal appearance to the labial edge – it is uncommon for any one to be able to tell that the surgery has been performed. In some other techniques (removing the labial edge) the scars can be more obvious.
Labiaplasty is performed as a day surgery procedure under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital (following NSW Dept Health guidelines)
During the first few days after surgery you need to rest and take things quietly at home. Ice packs will help minimise the bruising and swelling after the surgery. You can shower normally, and you need to apply antiseptic ointment to the wounds a few times a day. Most people return to work within 5 days after labiaplasty.
For most people it is 2-3 weeks until they are ready to return to intimacy, sport and full activities.
*Note results may vary from person to person