One thing that many women have in common is that they aren’t totally comfortable with their genitalia. Whether you are unhappy with the shape and size of your labia or you’ve been experiencing discomfort, a labiaplasty can change your life.
In fact, labiaplasty has a patient satisfaction rate of nearly 95% percent. Women who have this procedure are thrilled with the results and they are telling their friends. There was an incredible 44% increase in the number of labiaplasties performed from 2013 to 2014. With around one-third of those women reported getting the procedure for strictly aesthetic reasons while the remaining did so to correct an impairment of some kind.
For year, women were unaware of their options and shy to discuss their issues. Fortunately, that is all changing. These days, women are empowered to make a change and get the body that they have always wanted. By eliminating discomfort, improving sexual response, and creating a beautiful vaginal area, a labiaplasty can be a dream come true.
What are the labia?
A woman’s vulva, or external genitalia, contains two sets of labia, also referred to as “lips.” These are the labia minora (the inner lips) and the labia majora (the outer lips). The labia majora is the external genital area and it’s the part that you will see without spreading your legs. The labia minora are the two pieces of skin that are located on either side of the vaginal opening, inside of the labia majora.
The labia minora, or inner lips, are important for maintaining optimal levels of moisture and hygiene of the vulva and vagina. The labia majora is the part of your body that protects the delicate soft tissues of your vulva and contains pubic hairs. This hair is meant to protect the rest your vulva from stress and friction.
How do normal looking labia appear?
Every woman is different and their genitals are no exception. The appearance of the labia varies widely and there is no universal aesthetic ‘normal’. Some women find that their labia minora begins to protrude beyond the labia majora during puberty while others may find that their labia minora becomes enlarged after pregnancy.
The ideal relationship is for the labia majora to completely cover the labia minora. Over time, the labia minora may become enlarged so that they protrude beyond the labia majora, with the delicate mucosal tissue of tissue of the labia minora exposed to friction, which causes pain, discomfort, and hygiene concerns.
There is no standard or “normal” labia. The size and shape of your labia is largely determined by genetics but ageing and childbirth will create changes as well. For some women, the labia changes back after pregnancy while other women see a permanent change.
Generally speaking, these changes are only cosmetic although, in some cases, they may cause discomfort. Since your labia minora has delicate mucosal tissue, it can be easily irritated by the friction of tight clothing or exercise. Often women live with this problem for many years. They deal with ongoing pain, discomfort, and feelings of self-consciousness.
Enlarged labia can even be visible through tight clothing and swimsuits, which makes women feel uncomfortable in their own skin. The good news is that a labiaplasty can create a smooth look so you can feel confident wearing anything you like.
While it may not be something that women like to discuss, this is an incredible common problem that affects countless women. Many women feel shy discussing a large or irregular labia, painful intercourse, or regular discomfort. This means that far too may women are unaware of their options.
What can a labiaplasty do for me?
Far too many women are unaware of the options available to them. Our Sydney clinic provides a discreet and private environment where you can discuss your concerns openly with Dr Turner.
Some of the many benefits of Labiaplasty surgery include:
- Decrease pain and discomfort
- Correct uneven labia minora
- Improve the appearance of the external genitalia
- Ability to wear tight clothing comfortably
- Improve exercise tolerance
- Minimize discomfort with sexual intercourse
- Minimize recurrent infections
What Is a Labiaplasty Surgery?
With modern labiaplasty techniques we aim to not only correct large or misshapen labia and enhances the external appearance of the vagina but restore your confidence and femininity.
With the increased awareness about the function and cosmetic improvement after labiaplasty surgery and the relief both physically and emotionally it brings women, labiaplasty has quickly become one of Dr Turner’s most common procedures performed.
Labiaplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital with the assistance of a consultant anaesthetist. You can expect your procedure to take one to two hours. Most women go home the same day.
During a labiaplasty procedure, small incisions are made to remove any excess tissue while reducing or reshaping the labia minora. The procedure doesn’t affect the clitoris and it won’t affect sexual sensation. In fact, many women report having an improvement in their sex life after the procedure
How is labiaplasty Surgery done?
There are numerous different labiaplasty techniques that can be done to meet your unique needs and wishes. As a labiaplasty specialist, Dr Turner is highly skilled at creating almost imperceptible scars that are hidden along the natural creases of the labia.
There are a range of different techniques that can be used, alone or in conjunction with others.
The original technique used in labiaplasty was simply removing the tissue at the free edge of the labia minora. This is a procedure used by many surgeons because it’s quick to perform and easy to learn. This method can be a good option for women who want to eliminate darkening of the inner labia, that comes with age and pregnancy.
The disadvantage of this technique is that the natural texture of the labia minora is lost. This creates an overly smooth and unnatural look. There’s also an increased risk of nerve damage.
A major limitation of this technique is that it can’t deal with excess tissue around the clitoral hood. Even if you aren’t concerned with the shape of your clitoral hood now, you may find this method creates an odd sized clitoral hood. With many women coming back after such operations to complain of tissue that looks like very small penis remaining.
The de-epithelization technique allows you to maintain the natural texture of the labial minora edge. With this method, an incision is made in the inner and outer wall so that you can keep a natural labia edge
The disadvantage to the de-epithelialization technique is that the labium width could increase if a considerable amount of tissue needs to be de-epithelialised adding bulk to the labia. Also for those with large labia the free margin is not reduced in length and appears wrinkly.
Wedge Resection Technique
The wedge resection technique removes a wedge of tissue from the labium minora’s thickest portion. This method preserves the labia’s natural texture for a natural look and has been a popular technique used by many surgeons performing labiaplasty surgery over the last decade.
There is, however, the potential of nerve damage when done as a full-thickness resection. A partial thickness removal will reduce the odds of this complication. Another drawback is that this method doesn’t address the hyperpigmentation of the labial edge and if too much tension is applied than there is a risk of wound separation.
What technique does Dr Turner use?
There is no one best technique and, in fact, the best option for you could require a blend of multiple techniques. Every woman is different and so is her labia. To find the best approach, Dr Turner will create a plan that is customised to your unique needs and wishes. When several methods are used in combination, it is called a composite labiaplasty.
Dr Turner will have an in-depth conversation to assess your needs then discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional techniques to create a treatment plan.
As a labiaplasty specialist, Dr. Turner is an experienced plastic surgeon who uses the most current techniques and surgical protocols. To reduce the risk of tissue damage and minimise scars.
The first step to getting a labiaplasty is coming in for a consultation. We understand that this is a big step for many women and we aim to make the process as simple and comfortable as possible.
Your labiaplasty consultation begins with a personal one on one consultation with Dr Turner at his Sydney clinic. At your first appointment with Dr Turner you are fully informed about the surgical process and any possible complications that can develop.
We go through your medical history in detail and discuss your reasons and goals for seeking labiaplasty surgery. Dr Turner will examine you and assess the area you wish to be altered to determine your suitability for labiaplasty surgery. There is no need for an internal examination and any physical discomfort is minimal.
Labiaplasty Surgery Costs
Labiaplasty Surgery can cost anywhere between $6,000 and $9,000 depending on whether you are eligible for a Medicare rebate if the surgery is deemed necessary for medical indications only. If you are eligible for the Medicare rebate then your health insurance may also cover some of the hospital costs.