A step-by-step guide to Labiaplasty


Labiaplasty is a procedure through which the labia is reduced to relieve discomfort and/or improve appearance.

Some women are born with large protruding labia minora (inner lips). This is also a condition that can develop in some women after childbirth. This can cause discomfort and physical pain, especially during physical activity, which leads some women to seek a labiaplasty, while others may undergo the procedure for cosmetic reasons.

Deciding to have labiaplasty

Undertaking plastic surgery is a personal decision, and is one that you should carefully consider and thoroughly research before going ahead. You want to gather as much information about the procedure and recovery process as you can to help you decide whether it is the right decision for you.

When considering plastic surgery in Adelaide, research Specialist Plastic Surgeons who are experienced with labiaplasty procedures. If possible, look at their previous work to get an idea of the results they have achieved, and if they may be the right person for you.

As well as experience, you also want to find a surgeon you feel comfortable with and who understands your goals for the procedure.

Consultation and assessment

Once you’ve done your research and have decided to go forward with a labiaplasty the next step is to have a consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will conduct a physical examination and discuss in detail the labiaplasty procedure. They will assess your body to determine if surgery is right for you.

It’s important to get professional advice before undergoing plastic surgery to discuss your concerns and expectations. Your surgeon will give you the information you need to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible and make the right decision for your situation.

Before labiaplasty surgery

Once you’ve had your consultation and your surgeon has talked you through everything involved, you need to prepare for the surgery.

Recovery from labiaplasty can take up to two weeks, so make sure you organise to take the necessary time off work to recover following the surgery.

Continue with healthy habits leading up to the surgery, as this may help support a quicker recovery. Before your surgery, you may be required to avoid eating and drinking prior.

If you have young children you may want to organise someone to help with their care so you can focus on your recovery. Also, make sure you have any prescriptions and items you may need during the recovery period ready, so you can just rest following your labiaplasty surgery.

Labiaplasty surgery

The procedure of labiaplasty is performed as day surgery and generally takes between 1 to 2 hours.

It is typically carried out under local anaesthesia to ensure patients are fully relaxed and comfortable, however, patients can request general anaesthetic if they prefer. You will need to organise someone to take you home after the surgery.

There are two main techniques for labiaplasty, the trim method and the wedge method. At Hamilton House, the wedge method is employed to reduce the size of the labia. Careful judgment is required to reduce the labia by just the right amount. This amount will differ from patient to patient.

The labia is reconstructed by suturing in three layers with very fine sutures, some of which will be self-dissolving. A local anaesthetic will again be applied to help make the postoperative period as pain-free as possible.

The potential risks following labiaplasty surgery are minimal but can include:

  • Infection,
  • Bleeding,
  • Scarring,
  • Permanent changes in sensation,
  • Ongoing pain.

You may also feel some discomfort when sitting down or going to the bathroom.

Post-operative follow-ups are crucial to avoid any potential issues. Your doctor will discuss any potential risks or complications with you before your surgery.

Labiaplasty recovery

Following the procedure, a simple dressing will be applied to the area to absorb any discharge.

Patients are recommended to shower the day following surgery and to gently wash the surgical area. It is important to keep the area clean and free from infection.

Patients will be required to take time off from work to recover. Most women are able to return to normal activities within 1 to 2 weeks, though physical activity is not recommended for four weeks and you will need to refrain from sexual intercourse for at least six weeks after your labiaplasty surgery.

Some soreness, bruising and swelling may affect the surgical area, but this will generally settle within a few days. Your surgeon may prescribe medications to help manage any pain and discomfort.

Recovery can vary for each patient, but it is crucial to follow any aftercare instructions provided by your Specialist Plastic Surgeon to support a safe and quick recovery.

If you are considering labiaplasty or plastic surgery in Adelaide, please contact the team at Hamilton House to arrange a consultation.


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