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Labiaplasty

Do you feel unattractive down there?

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:

  1. those with congenital conditions
  2. those with no underlying condition but who wish to alter the appearance of their genitals because they believe they do not fall within a normal range.

Labia Minora reduction

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.

 labiaplasty-before-after

Labia Majora changes

The labia majora are the two fatty mounds outside the labia minora.  They can either lose volume or become enlarged:

  • Loss of labia majora volume can occur over time with ageing, following pregnancy or after major weight loss.  This causes them to look deflated and saggy.  In such instances, Fat Transfer with/without skin resection can restore them to a more youthful appearance.
  • Enlargement of the labia majora
    In some women, the labia majora may become enlarged causing the woman to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about wearing tight pants or swimwear.  Liposuction is the most effective treatment to reduce their prominence down to a normal size.

Where is it done?

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.

What are the costs?

The total cost of your procedure is made up of each of the following individual costs:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Anaesthetist’s fee
  • Hospital costs
  • Pre-operative medical tests
  • Medications

Our Surgeon will give you an itemised quotation at your initial consultation.

Is the surgery eligible for a Medicare rebate?

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who performs Labiaplasty at the Sydney Cosmetic Clinic?

Labiaplasty is performed by either of our two female Surgeons: Dr Sawjin Tew, Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Dr Georgina Konrat, Certified Cosmetic Surgeon.

 

How is it done?

Labiaplasty is performed in a Hospital or Day Surgery Centre under General Anaesthesia.

Do I have to stay in hospital?

No.  After two hours in Recovery, you can go home and recuperate there.

How much time do I need off work?

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.

What is the recovery after a Labiaplasty?

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.

When can I return to physical exercise and resume sexual activity?

Strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. Sexual activity can usually be resumed after 6-8 weeks.

How much does Labiaplasty cost?

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.

Is Labiaplasty eligible for a Medicare Rebate?

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. 

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