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Why the need for surgery?
Many women are born with larger labia they don’t like, or are just not happy with some parts of their genitalia. Other women find that, after childbirth or due to aging, the labia and surrounding vaginal tissue have changed in shape, size and tone. Many of our patients feel inhibited in their sexual relationships and some also have problems participating in activities like swimming or other sports. Surgery can correct such problems and rejuvenate the area.
Labiaplasty or vaginoplasty surgery commonly includes procedures to alter and improve the function and appearance of the female genitals. It’s a relatively new field in aesthetic plastic surgery but this type of procedure is becoming more popular and is now commonly requested in all our Sydney clinics.
What are labiaplasty and vaginoplasty?
Labioplasty is surgery to the labia to alter irregularities in the appearance of and/or reduce the size of the labia.
Vaginoplasty, also known as pelvic floor reconstruction, is vaginal surgery to tighten the muscles of the pelvic floor and the vagina. It is a restorative procedure.
Countless women are bothered by irregularities in the appearance of their labia which can be corrected. The most common irregularity is that the inner labia are too big. If these protrude far beyond the outer labia, there is a risk of chafing and some women find it is aesthetically unpleasing. Surgery can reduce the size of the inner labia and improve on their shape.
Our specialist plastic surgeon Dr Barnouti performs hundreds of labioplasty and vaginoplasty operations every year, a procedure that changes women’s lives and has a high satisfaction rate.
Common questions about Labiaplasty
What will happen during my consultation?
Dr Barnouti will take your full medical history, examine you and discuss your goals and requirements in detail to see if you are a suitable candidate for surgery.
What happens during the procedure?
Labiaplasty surgery is always performed as a day case in our Sydney surgery under general or local anaesthetic.
During the procedure, Dr Barnouti removes a wedge-shaped piece of tissue from the labia and re-attaches the labium in a new position so that the inner lips no longer protrude beyond the outer lips.
Reabsorbable stitches are used so the stitches do not need to be removed from this sensitive area.
What are the risks associated with this procedure?
Plastic surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries inherent risks and potential complications.
Please read our Risks and Complications of Plastic Surgery page.
What special care will I need after surgery?
No bandages are needed but the area must be washed carefully with a hand-held shower twice a day. Excellent personal hygiene is extremely important for rapid healing.
You may experience a burning or unpleasant sensation after surgery but in general, painkillers are not needed. We recommend you wear loose underwear for two weeks.
You will be able to return home the same day after surgery with a follow-up appointment in one of our Sydney clinics after one week.
How soon can I have sex again after labiaplasty?
Recovery is usually quick and easy and sexual relations can be resumed four weeks after the procedure.
What results can I expect?
You will have natural results. The scar is literally invisible after 6 week
Dr Barnouti will advise you on the best approach and expected outcome during your initial consultation.
Contact us today to book your consultation and get a clear idea of the expected results and costs. Click here to book online or call us on free phone 1300 002 006 if you’re outside Sydney or 9561 0222 if you’re in the Sydney area. Please visit our labiaplasty and vaginoplasty gallery.
Childbirth can cause the vagina and pelvic floor muscles to become enlarged or stretched. Some women suffer from a stretched vagina and stretched pelvic floor muscles and after one birth and others after giving birth to a number of children. This problem can lead to incontinence and uterine prolapse; some women also feel it negatively affects their sex lives.
Post-menopausal women and women who have been treated for cervical cancer can also find their vaginas have enlarged and may request vaginoplasty.
The vaginoplasty procedure corrects problems by reconstructing the vaginal and pelvic floor muscles to create a tight vagina. It will also prevent prolapse of uterus and there is anecdotal evidence it will improve on urinary incontinence.
The main objective of the procedure is to give women greater gratification and satisfaction during sex as they will feel more friction and prevent sagginess of the uterus.
How soon can I go back to work and resume my normal activities?
We recommend that vaginoplasty patients get as much bed rest as possible for 2 days after surgery. Personal hygiene is extremely important for rapid healing and twice-daily showering is essential. Loose underwear should be worn for the first week and tampons should not be used during the first four to six weeks.
You will be able to resume all your regular activities including penetrative sex after six weeks.
Other types of surgery
As well as labiaplasty and vaginoplasty there are various other procedures that can be performed to improve the appearance, tone and sensation of the vagina. Such as Labia majora reduction (also known as outer labiaplasty), labia majora fat injection and pubic liposuction. To find out more and talk about your unique needs and concerns please book a consultation with Dr Barnouti.
Labiaplasty and vaginoplasty costs