What is the difference between labiaplasty and vaginoplasty?

Labiaplasty is focused on the external appearance of your genitalia. While it is largely focused on aesthetics, it will also address external issues that can cause discomfort. The procedure is based around reducing and reshaping the labia minora.

On the other hand, vaginoplasty, is focused on tightening of the vagina. This means reducing the diameter of the vaginal canal. A vaginoplasty can be done alongside a labiaplasty to enhance both the outer appearance and the inner size.

What is the difference between labiaplasty and female circumcision?

Labiaplasty has been mistakenly linked to female circumcision in the past. While both procedures are done around the vagina, they couldn’t be more different.

Female circumcision is a procedure done primarily in Africa and Asia. A female circumcision procedure removes part or all of the clitoris in an effort to reduce sexual satisfaction. Female circumcision is illegal in a large number of countries and is often performed by untrained individuals with no medical background, often in the homes of young girls who are underage and have rarely given consent.

The practice of female circumcision, also referred to as female genital mutilation, is widely frowned upon and has no connection whatsoever to the labiaplasty procedure.  

What are the potential risks of a labiaplasty?

While a labiaplasty is a very safe procedure, there is always some level of risk involved in any operation. It is possible to have bruising, bleeding, swelling, infection, and scarring. There’s also a chance of developing asymmetry, under or over resection of labial tissue, or wound dehiscence / separation.

It’s important to note, however, that the clitoris is not affected by a labiaplasty procedure. Sensation levels won’t be affected by the operation and your sexual satisfaction won’t be impacted.

Will there be scarring after my labiaplasty procedure?

Any operation will leave a scar. Dr Turner, however, specialises in labiaplasty and scar minimisation. We take every precaution possible to ensure that you have minimal scarring. The labia minora typically heals extremely well with minimal scarring and Dr Turner will place the scar along your body’s natural creases so they are well hidden.

What should you expect after labiaplasty surgery?

Good hygiene plays an essential role in reducing the risk of infection and discomfort. Dr Turner highly recommends taking a salt bath everyday. Baby wipes are another great way to keep your perineum clean.

Dr Turner recommends that you wear a panty liner to absorb any spotting or light bleeding for the first two weeks after surgery. Since dissolvable stitches are used, your body will gradually heal itself.

Swelling and discomfort of the vulva will gradually disappear over the first week after the surgery. Analgesia and ice packs are ideal for pain control after your procedure. Dr Turner will also give you a topical numbing cream and pain relieving medication to take home.

You can also expect to return to work five to seven days after your procedure. It’s important, however, that you take it easy for the first six weeks. Avoid exercise and sex for the first six weeks after your procedure.

One week after your procedure, you will return to our Sydney clinic for a post-operative check. Dr Turner will examine you and ensure that you are healing properly. You will return again in one month for a follow-up with the doctor.

The full results will be evident in about four to six months.

When can I start exercising again?

You’ll want to wait one to two months to start exercising again. Every woman is different so there are no exact guidelines. Dr Turner will regularly monitor your progress to see exactly where you are in the healing process. When you visit our Sydney clinic for follow-up appointments, Dr Turner will advise you when you can go back to your regular routine.

In the meantime, you can still walk around and do other light exercise. Keeping your blood circulating will actually be good for you and speed up your recovery. Pushing yourself too hard, however, can cause problems. You’ll also want to be careful about wearing tight exercise clothes or doing activities like horse riding or bicycling.

Does Health Insurance or Medicare cover labiaplasty?

While there is a Medicare item number to cover labiaplasty, this is rarely approved by Medicare and so labiaplasty is largely considered a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Will I be able to urinate right after the procedure? Will it hurt?

You won’t have any problem using the toilet after your procedure. There won’t be any stinging or pain. The only thing that will be different is that you’ll need to be careful when you are cleaning yourself. You will want to keep some water handy so that you can gently rinse your genital area then pat it dry. When it comes to defecating, you’ll want to be careful not too push too hard in the days immediately following your procedure.

How should I prepare for a labiaplasty surgery?

When you visit our Sydney clinic, you will be given a full list of instructions that will walk you through the process step by step.

  • If necessary, stop smoking one month before your scheduled surgery
  • Stop drink one week before your scheduled surgery
  • Find a friend or family member who can take you to and from the Sydney hospital
  • Organise to take at least three days off of work
  • Buy menstrual pads and comfortable underwear
Can I have a labiaplasty if I’ve never had kids?

Yes. A labiaplasty can be a good option for any woman who is in good health and over the age of 18 years. While women often choose to have a labiaplasty to deal with the effects of vaginal childbirth, it is not necessary to be a mother to have the procedure. Some women develop enlarged labia during puberty and a labiaplasty can be a good solution. While you might have been dealing with the condition for years, it is important to wait until you are over 18 to ensure that your body is fully developed before making a change as it allows for much more predictable results.

What causes the labia to become enlarged and saggy?

Women who get labiaplasty come from a range of backgrounds. Some women have large or misshapen labia from child birth. Some women find that their labia begin to sag and become larger over time as women become older. Other women find that their labia change dramatically after childbirth. It’s also possible that labia become saggy after a major weight loss. Ultimately, the reasons don’t affect anything. Regardless of the cause of labia sagging or enlargement, a labiaplasty can transform your genitals.

It’s also important to note that nothing can be done to prevent enlarged and saggy labia. This will naturally happen during the ageing process. Sexual activity and tampons will make no difference in the size of labia.

Do you perform revision labiaplasty?

The majority of women who get a labiaplasty are very pleased with their results. There are always exceptions however. Dr Turner has worked with women who went to other doctors for their labiaplasty procedure and decided that they aren’t happy with it. If you are unhappy with the amount of tissue removed or are seeing asymmetry, Dr Turner can transform your look.

Meet Dr Turner

Dr Turner is a leader in labiaplasty surgery, not only in Sydney but with women all over Australia seeking his expertise. While many clinics may offer labiaplasty, very few surgeons perform this procedure on a regular basis. Dr Turner has dedicated himself to learn the latest labiaplasty techniques, travelling around the world to learn the most advanced techniques available.

The delicate nature of the female genitalia requires an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and precise surgical skills to give women seeking labiaplasty surgery a natural result. Dr Turner is a firm believer that women seeking labiaplasty are fully informed before deciding to under go surgery. Above all, it’s essential that women feel safe and comfortable that they are in the right hands.

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