A labiaplasty is an operation to reduce the size of the labia minora to improve their shape and contour. Women seeking a labiaplasty are concerned about

  • asymmetry of their labia minora
  • chaffing and pain of their labia
  • unsightliness of the labia protruding from the rim of their labia majora.

You may not be sure if you are being overly sensitive about the appearance of your labia and may wonder if you even have a genuine problem. There is a wide spectrum in what is “normal” in the appearance of women’s labia. Most women prefer for their labia minora (inner lips of the vulva) to be symmetrical and sit behind the frame of their labia majora (outer lips of the vulva). The labia minora can take on a distorted appearance and position after becoming stretched when delivering a baby. Some women are born with labia minora that are large and protruding. The shape and size of the labia can vary greatly and Dr Sanki tailors the best style of operation to suit you.

The Procedure

The goal of a labiaplasty operation is to reduce the size of the labia so that they appear symmetrical and sit neatly behind the labia majora. The surgery is most safely and comfortably performed in a hospital while you are under a general anaesthetic. Our surgeons will also inject local anaesthetic into the area to ensure that the skin of the labia is completely numb and comfortable once you wake up. The edges of the labia skin are trimmed without reducing the underlying erectile tissue. Dissolving stitches are carefully placed with the goal of avoiding pressure points that can cause long-term sensitivity.

Recovery From Labiaplasty Surgery

For the first day after surgery, bed rest and an ice pack will be recommended to help reduce swelling and bruising. You will be given an antibiotic ointment to protect the wound, oral pain relief and tablet antibiotics. You should avoid heavy lifting and straining to help limit the risk of bleeding and bruising. Dr Sanki will see you regularly after the surgery to check your wound healing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Labiaplasty surgery is performed in adult women of any age.
The results of a labiaplasty are long lasting and will only be altered by stretching caused from further pregnancies.
Labiaplasty surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic in an accredited private hospital. Most patients are able to go home on the day of surgery.
The cost of labiaplasty surgery is determined by the expected complexity and duration of your operation and will be estimated following your first consultation. Prices start from

Insured: $4,750

Uninsured: $7,500

including the surgeon’s fee, assistant’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, hospital stay and 12 months post-op care.

Labiaplasty surgery only qualifies for a medicare and health insurance rebate if the labia minora are classified as being “gigantic”. In most situations, labiaplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and you will be given a surgical, anaesthetic and hospital quotes following your first consultation.

The Medicare item number is 35533.

Our female surgeons have an all-female team. From the moment you come to her operating theatre, every step will be taken to make you feel comfortable.
Most women find that the “damage” done from childbirth does not worsen with subsequent deliveries. However, it is probably better to wait after you have had all of your children so as not to cause further stretching of your repaired labia. In women who experience painful chaffing, the surgery may be necessary to prevent ongoing pain.
Most women are able to return back to desk style jobs 3-5 days after the surgery. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least two weeks. Sexual intercourse is ok after 2-4 weeks.
You will be seen daily in hospital by your surgeon. On rare occasions when your surgeon is working at another location, you will be seen by another member of the surgical team (the anaesthetist, surgical registrar or another surgeon in the practice).
When you go home, you will be seen within a week of your discharge. Thereafter, the follow up protocol will be determined by you and your surgeon.
Regular appointments are made to check that you have reached your aesthetic goals and that your scars and contour are continuing to improve.
You will be given a Plastic Surgery Recovery guide upon booking your surgery. This is a highly valuable document that explains in great detail all of your after care for surgery.

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