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Labiaplasty to reduce the size of the inner vaginal lips is a minor surgical procedure that has been said to be life-changing for many women – not only in terms of removing self-consciousness or embarrassment in intimate situations, but also by alleviating physical symptoms such as irritation and discomfort during sex, exercises and some sporting activities.
Although the term ‘Labiaplasty’ strictly refers to surgery on any area of the female genitalia, the great majority of women seeking a labiaplasty wish to remove excess tissue from the labia minora – the inner lips at the entrance to the vagina.
Very incorrectly, some refer to a Labiaplasty as ‘Designer Vagina’ but a Labiaplasty never involves surgery on the vagina. Therefore, the term ‘Designer Vagina’ should only be used to describe the various methods of tightening the vaginal cavity known medically as ‘Vaginoplasty’.
Women presenting for a Labiaplasty may have been born with large or irregular labia minora (inner lips) or their changes may have followed childbirth or occurred as part of ageing.
Whatever the reason, the inner labia are larger than normal and protrude beyond the extent of the outer lips (the ‘labia majora’).
Enlarged labia can make daily life difficult or uncomfortable through:
- irritation from tight clothing
- pain and discomfort during sex, exercise and some sporting activities.
- self-consciousness or embarrassment in intimate situations because some women believe they do not fall within a ‘normal range’ and wish their labia to be more aesthetically appealing.
The good news, however, is that a well-performed Labiaplasty will reduce the prominence of the labia and allow the woman to avoid any physical discomfort as well as regain her self-esteem and confidence in that area.
The aim of a Labiaplasty should be to reduce the inner labia so they’re level with, or are within, the outer labia. This both reduces any discomfort and limits the amount of tissue that’s visible when standing.
For patient comfort, all Labiaplasty procedures at Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic are performed by our FEMALE Surgeons.
Associated procedures sometimes included with
labia minora reduction
- Clitoral Hood Reduction – the removal of excess skin folds over the clitoris to make the area appear less bulky or uncover the clitoris to improve sexual pleasure.
- Liposuction of overly prominent outer lips (labia majora)
- Liposuction of a prominent mons pubis – the triangular fatty mound over the pubic bone which can cause embarrassment when wearing tight pants or swimwear.
Labia Minora Reduction Techniques
The labia minora are important for maintaining the moisture of the vulva and vagina. Their appearance varies considerably among women in terms of size, colour and shape. Nonetheless, as a result of ageing or following childbirth, the labia minora can become enlarged and protrude beyond the labia majora.
Most women seeking a Labiaplasty of the labia minora do so either because they have symptoms or they believe that labia minora completely covered by the labia majora are more aesthetically appealing.
Removal of excess labia minora tissue can be performed by any of several techniques:
1. The Trim Technique
The surgeon makes one continuous incision along the protruding labia minora to remove excess tissue and ensure that they no longer protrude beyond the labia majora. This is a particularly useful technique especially if removal of darker-pigmented skin along the labial edges is desired.
Although this is a reasonably good technique, it does have some potential disadvantages which our female Surgeon will describe to you at your Initial Consultation.
2. The Wedge Technique
In the ‘Wedge Technique’, your surgeon removes a full-thickness V-shaped wedge of tissue from the labia minora and then sutures the remaining edges together, thereby pulling tighter the entire length of the labia minora. Although the results of this technique may be more natural-looking, excising a wedge from thin, delicate labial tissue and then suturing the edges together could result in poor healing with small holes in the labia, or thickened scarring which could prove physically uncomfortable.
3. The ‘Dove’ Technique (Double Offset V-Plasty with Extended De-Epithelialisation)
This is a simple, safe but very specialised technique that is not widely known. Its advantages are that it delivers a very natural result while avoiding many of the potential problems with the other techniques. Most importantly of all, being only a superficial dissection and not a ‘full thickness’ wedge removal, the blood supply and nerve innervation to the labia are not compromised, and, therefore, normal sensation of the labia is maintained.
Whichever technique is used, your Surgeon will use dissolvable sutures, so there is no need to feel anxious about having sutures removed.
Labia Majora Changes & Techniques
The labia majora are the two fatty mounds outside the labia minora. They can either be overly prominent or lose volume:
• Overly Prominent Labia Majora
In some women, the labia majora are overly prominent causing the woman to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about wearing tight pants or swimwear. Liposuction is a very effective way to reduce them to a normal size.
• Loss of Labia Majora volume
This can occur over time with ageing, following pregnancy or after major weight loss. This causes the labia to look deflated and saggy. Fat Transfer with/without skin resection can restore a more youthful appearance.
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How and where is it done?
For patient comfort and safety, all Labiaplasty procedures are performed by one of our female Surgeons in a Licensed Hospital or Day Surgery under General Anaesthesia.
A standard Labiaplasty of the labia minora usually takes 1½-2 hours unless it is more complicated or is combined with other procedures.
After another 1-2 hours in Recovery, you can return home and recuperate there. However, you cannot go home alone. You need to be accompanied by a responsible adult who can also be with you for the first 24 hours.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Labiaplasty is performed in a licensed Hospital or Day Surgery under General Anaesthesia
No. After 1-2 hours in Recovery, you can go home and recuperate there.
This will depend on the type and extent of your surgery as well as the type of work you do. For example, after reduction of the labia minora, most women can return to work after 4-5 days. Our Surgeon will advise you after she has seen you.
Once again this will depend on what specifically has been done. After reduction of the labia minora, the initial discomfort settles after a few days but full healing can be expected to take around 6-8 weeks. Suture removal is not required as only absorbable sutures are used.
Strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. Sexual activity can usually be resumed after 6-8 weeks.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.