Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
What is labioplasty?
Do you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable wearing a swimsuit or tight pants? Are you suffering from thrush, rashes, repeated infections or irritation? Or do you desire smaller or more symmetrical labia minora (inner lips)?
If you’d like to live with greater confidence and comfort, labioplasty may be a successful surgical solution.
Labioplasty (or labiaplasty) is an intimate procedure ideal for improving the shape, size and appearance of the inner labia and surrounding areas.
Sometimes the area simply doesn’t look or feel ‘right’. Whether you were born with large or elongated labia, or the area has changed as you’ve aged or given birth, labioplasty can help you achieve the results you desire.
Our expert surgeon uses an advanced technique to alter the labia minora to provide an aesthetically pleasing result. Dissolvable stitches are used for fast and effective healing of the delicate area.
Labioplasty can also treat the labia majora, and reduce the clitoral hood.
Is labioplasty for me?
If you are a healthy woman and want to change the shape, size or symmetry of your labia, labioplasty may be beneficial.
Labioplasty is also suitable for:
- Minimising discomfort during sex or when wearing certain clothing, such as leotards and snug trousers.
- Reducing a droopy (ptotic) or long labia.
- Boosting thin tissues that have lost their elasticity and plumpness.
- Improving the appearance of pigmentation.
What does labioplasty involve?
During your confidential consultation, your surgeon will sensitively walk you through the procedure, potential side effects and the total cost of treatment. They will take time to devise a treatment and advise you on the labia shape and size that will best suit your body and preferences.
You’ll need to have someone drive you home after the surgery, or we can chauffeur you to and from the clinic.
Is there a long recovery time?
You’ll be given antibiotics and pain relief to help you heal at home. After 1 week, you’ll need to come back for a follow-up appointment, so that we can check the results and ensure you’re happy.
Ideally, you should take 1 week off work and get plenty of rest. You should also avoid exercise and sex for 4 weeks.
Are there any side effects?
As with all surgical procedures, labioplasty can carry risks. You may experience some of the following side effects:
- Swelling for 2 to 3 weeks
- Immediate bleeding
- Delayed healing
- An asymmetrical appearance, which is usually minor and can be corrected
- Sensitive scars, which are extremely rare
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. You should discuss these with your surgeon.
Why choose the Victorian Cosmetic Institute?
We understand that choosing to undergo labioplasty is a private and delicate decision. Our caring surgeon and nurses will be on-hand to help you before, during and after your procedure.
Making that first phone call about any cosmetic procedure can be a confronting task – many of our patients have preferred filling out our online enquiry form. We can then contact you with an understanding of the results you are hopeful of achieving and ensure the treatment is appropriate.
Otherwise, you can phone us directly on 1300 863 824.