Labiaplasty, also known as vaginal rejuvenation, is a surgical procedure to reduce or reshape the labia minora. We know it may feel like a delicate subject to talk about, so we’ve packed as much information into this blog post as we can to help you on your journey. If you’re considering a labiaplasty procedure, we highly recommend booking a consultation to discuss your individual needs.
Why Undergo Labiaplasty?
There are a number of reasons why some women choose to undergo labiaplasty. One of the main reasons is a longer labia minora which is causing discomfort during sex and exercises such as running and cycling. In some cases, the labia can become trapped and cause uncomfortable chafing and rashes. While some women have genetically longer labia minora tissue, the labia can also change over time due to factors such as childbirth and the natural ageing process. Labiaplasty can address all of these issues by surgically shortening the labia minora.
There is a wide range of what is considered normal when it comes to the appearance of the labia, however some women do choose to have the procedure for their own personal preference and this is completely valid too, as long as you’re making an informed and independent decision. Feeling comfortable and happy in your own skin is priceless!
What to Expect
Labiaplasty is performed as a day procedure under a light general anaesthetic, or as a twilight surgery with local anaesthetic. Your surgeon can discuss which option is safest and most comfortable for you. The procedure involves only small incisions to remove excess tissue, and dissolvable stitches are used for a more comfortable recovery.
After Your Procedure
You may feel a moderate discomfort, and bruising and swelling in the incision area, however this typically peaks at 2-3 days and then subsides quickly. Most patients return to work after around 7 days and are fully healed by 3 weeks post-surgery. It is recommended to avoid sexual intercourse for 30 days after your procedure.
You’ll most likely be recommended some mild painkillers to alleviate any discomfort, and antibiotics are often also prescribed to lessen the risk of infection. Infection is uncommon, particularly when taking particular care when washing and going to the bathroom. Your surgeon will walk you through your aftercare requirements to ensure that you are feeling confident when you are discharged to go home.
Benefits of the Procedure
Once you’re fully recovered, you can focus on enjoying the benefits of your labiaplasty procedure. Sensation and function are well maintained in the area, and not infrequently they are actually enhanced. Many patients report increased confidence and comfort after their procedure, and the results last a lifetime.
If you’re exploring the option of undergoing a labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation surgery, you can book in with Dr Flynn for an initial consultation by calling the clinic on 5588 4777 or contacting us online.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should consider seeking a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.