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Labioplasty is the surgical reduction of the size of one or both labia. The usual complaint from patients is that their labia are too long, not symmetrical or too pigmented. Factors such as trauma, congenital defects, pregnancy and childbirth, as well as time and gravity can be the cause for larger and darker than normal labia. Labioplasty procedures have now lost the stigma once associated with this type of surgery and as a result many more women are assessing their options for improvement in this area.

If you are considering Labioplasty, this website will give you a basic understanding of the procedure – when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, as a lot depends on your individual needs.

If you have further questions, free-call us on 18000 80001, we are happy to spend time with you and answer all of  your questions.

The Best Candidates for Labioplasty

The best candidates for Labioplasty are healthy, emotionally stable women who are realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. If you’re planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your surgery until after your last child.
All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty

Problems are rare with Labioplasty procedures; however, there is always a possibility of complications or a reaction to the anesthesia. Bleeding and infection following a Labioplasty are uncommon. You can reduce your risks of problems by closely following your surgeon’s advice both before and after surgery. The incidence of dyspareunia (pain after intercourse) is very low with current techniques.

Planning Your Surgery

In your initial consultation, it’s important to discuss your expectations frankly with your surgeon, and to listen to his opinion. Every patient has a different view of what is desirable.

Your surgeon will describe the procedure in detail, explaining its risks and limitations and making sure you understand the scarring that will result. He will also explain the anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved.

Don’t hesitate to ask him any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
Preparing for Your Surgery

You will be given specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.

While you’re making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days if needed.

Where Your Surgery Will Be Performed

Labioplasty will be performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital as a day procedure. This will either be at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital (Buderim) or the Sunshine Coast Day Surgery. An anaesthetist will perform the anaesthetic and NOT a GP.

The Procedure

Labioplasty usually takes about a half hour to an hour. In general, the most protuberant portion of the labium, nearer the clitoris than the vaginal entrance, is removed in a “V” or wedge fashion. Of course each individual i different, and therefore Dr McGovern will tailor your particular surgery to your individual needs. The scar is always  kept away from the vaginal entrance. Extreme caution must be exercised to preserve any nerves in the region, so as to ensure the preservation of sensation to that area. Stitches used are dissolving and therefore there is no need for removal. Scar quality is usually excellent and almost imperceptible.

Preparing for Surgery

Preparation with powerful anti oxidants is recommended to strengthen the immune system and help prevent post surgery problems. We also recommend a full Brazilian wax or shave to remove any pubic hair around the labia. This will greatly help with keeping the area clean and hygienic.

After Your Surgery

 You will be swollen and have some soreness after surgery. Using ice in the area for the first 24 hours is a great idea as it will help to reduce the swelling and in turn the discomfort. It is also wise to time the surgery away from your period, to reduce the risk of infection. Sitz baths (salt water baths) will help with the healing process and you are required to abstain from intercourse for 2 – 4 weeks, depending on individual comfort and healing levels. You will be given an antibiotic ointment to apply daily to the suture lines. Be gentle with the area for 6 weeks. Avoid strenuous sports for about a month. After that, you can resume these activities slowly

Getting Back to Normal

Patient satisfaction with this procedure is extremely high, with our patients reporting a huge improvement in their self esteem, and an elevated level of physical and emotional satisfaction.
If you have further questions, write them down and ask your surgeon and his obliging staff at your consultation.