What is Labioplasty?

Labioplasty is the surgical reduction of the size of one or both labia.

Labiaplasty or Labioplasty?

Both are correct.

Who has Labioplasty surgery?

  • Women who feel that their labia are either too long, or very asymmetric
  • 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.
  • We generally see girls in their early to late 20’s for this procedure

What causes Labia to be very long or asymmetric?

  • Trauma
  • Congenital defects
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Time and gravity

How is a Labioplasty performed?

Most doctors simply chop of the part of the length of the labia, which causes problems of strictures and thick scar tissue which can cause either numbness or dyspareunia (pain after intercourse).

  • Dr McGovern will remove 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.
  • Labioplasty usually takes about a half hour to an hour

Does Labiaplasty have to be performed under anaesthetic?

Yes! This is a delicate are and injecting local anaesthetic in to the labia is not something you want done while you are awake.

Where Is Labioplasty 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.

Preparing for Surgery

  • Preparation with 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 surgery.

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
  • Avoid vaginal sex for a month following surgery.

Before and After Photos of Labioplasty

Dr McGovern performs a lot of Labiaplasty procedures, but Labiaplasty before and after photos are not suitable for the internet.

If you would like to see before and after photos of Dr McGovern’s Labioplasty surgery, we can take you through a PowerPoint presentation in our rooms.

Just call to make an appointment on 54792922.

We have attached a personal story from a very happy Labioplasty client – click here