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Female Aesthetic Genital Surgery

Having large labia minora can result in painful intercourse, irritation, rashes and discomfort in tight clothing. If this is you, or you are not happy with the appearance of your labia, Dr Edinburg can perform Labiaplasty to correct this.


Female Aesthetic Genital Surgery (Labiaplasty)

In recent years there has been an increase in demand for Aesthetic Genital Surgery, known as Labiaplasty.

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the size or shape of the labia minora. The labia minora are also known as the inner lips of the vagina, situated between the outer labia and the vaginal opening. Labiaplasty aims to reduce the labia or to correct asymmetry by reshaping long and/or uneven labia.

The ideal genital appearance has symmetrical labia minora (inner lips) that do not protrude beyond the labia majora (outer lips), and full labia majora without excess skin (not overly fatty and not bulging when wearing tight clothing). In addition, the mons pubis (the protruding area below the bikini line) should not protrude through in clothing.

The Labiaplasty procedure usually involves trimming the protruding labia along the entire labial length, however, other techniques may be used.

These types of female genital plastic surgery are highly specific to each patient. We recognise the sensitivity of the patient’s concerns, and tread gently with each person. Each surgery proposed needs to be specifically tailored, and all these surgeries can be modified by Dr Edinburg as appropriate. Careful assessment and discussion with each patient is essential.

Frequently Asked Questions

Labiaplasty can be performed on any patient with enlarged labia. Patients may have functional issues relating to comfort, clothing, tenderness, and sex – and there may also be aesthetic issues.

There are several causes including:

  • Congenital
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth control pills
  • Ageing
  • Hormones

Labiaplasty is typically a day stay procedure and is usually performed under general anaesthetic. Depending on circumstances, the procedure usually takes about 1-2 hours. Local anaesthetic is less commonly used, but this is generally not done for the comfort and modesty of the patient.

Dr Edinburg suggests applying antibiotic ointment to the wound for two days, as well as taking oral antibiotics for five days. It is also recommended to place ice packs on the surgical site. Patients should avoid doing sports for 3-4 weeks and sexual intercourse should be avoided for 6 weeks. Swelling should subside within 3-4 months. Patients will need to return to the Eden Institute 1 week after surgery for a review, and then again at 2 months. Dr Edinburg will provide you with more specific instructions on how to care for your wound at your consultation.

Approximately 2 per cent of patients will have minor separation of wound edges. Surgical revision may be required for any asymmetry, unsightly or stretched scars on the labia.

Recovery time depends on the extent of the procedure but usually, patients are ready to go back to work within one week.

It is important to make sure you are well informed before choosing a plastic surgeon. Specialist plastic surgery qualifications are imperative in the decision-making process, and choosing the right plastic surgeon will help you to feel more relaxed and confident about your impending surgery. It is your body after all.

Dr Edinburg, Medical Director of The Eden Institute, is one of the leading plastic surgeons in Sydney for cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr Edinburg is also a specialist hand surgeon and skin cancer surgeon. He has over 20 years of outstanding medical service and achievements, positioning him as a pre-eminent plastic surgeon in both Sydney and Australia. Dr Edinburg is well known for delivering outstanding results for surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, body sculpting procedures, skin cancer surgery and skin health treatments.

Dr Edinburg has completed a full fellowship at the Royal Australian College of Surgeons College in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (FRACS – Plastic Surgery), which is the only statutory recognised body for training of specialist plastic surgeons in Australia. Click here to find out more about Dr Edinburg’s qualifications and training.

To find out more about information about Labiaplasty Procedure (Vaginoplasty) in Sydney, contact the Eden Institute today.our specialist plastic surgery team at the Eden Institute in Baulkham Hills, Chatswood and Richmond in Sydney.

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