Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the prominence of the vulval lips known as the labia – usually the inner lips (labia minora) but sometimes the outer lips (labia majora).
However, some women also request changes to the clitoral hood or reduction by liposuction of an overly prominent mons pubis (the triangular fatty mound above the vulva) which can cause embarrassment when wearing tight pants or swimwear.
The two main categories of women seeking Labiaplasty are:
The labia minora are important in 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 because they believe it is normal or more aesthetic for the labia minora to be completely covered by the labia majora.
The labia majora are the two fatty mounds outside the labia minora. They can either lose volume or become enlarged:
Labiaplasty is best performed in a Hospital or Day Surgery Facility under General Anaesthesia. After two 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.
The procedure is performed by our highly experienced, Australian-trained, female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Sawjin Tew who has helped hundreds of patients over the years with her extensive experience and sense of artistry.
The total cost of your procedure is made up of each of the following individual costs:
Our Surgeon will give you an itemised quotation at your initial consultation.
Labiaplasty surgery may be eligible for a Medicare Rebate if you meet Medicare’s criteria. If you are deemed eligible for a Medicare Rebate and you have Private Hospital Insurance, you’ll also be able to claim a portion of your Hospital Fees depending on your Fund and your Level of Cover.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Labiaplasty is performed by either of our two female Surgeons: Dr Sawjin Tew, Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Dr Georgina Konrat, Certified Cosmetic Surgeon.
Labiaplasty is performed in a Hospital or Day Surgery Centre under General Anaesthesia.
No. After two hours in Recovery, you can go home and recuperate there.
This will depend on the type and extent of your surgery, plus the type of work you do. For example, after reduction of the inner vaginal lips, 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. As an example, after reduction of the inner vaginal lips, the initial discomfort settles after a few days and full healing can be expected in 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.
Our Surgical Fee for Labiaplasty is $2,500 - $5,800 depending on what specifically needs to be done. To this you must add the Hospital and Anaesthetist costs. Our Surgeon will give you an accurate break-up of costs after she has seen you.
In most cases, Labiaplasty will attract a partial Medicare Rebate on the Surgical and Anaesthetic Fees. If you also have Private Health Insurance, your Hospital Charges could also be largely covered depending on your Fund and Level of Cover.