A woman’s vulva, or external genitalia, contains two sets of labia. These are the labia minora (the inner lips) and the labia majora (the outer lips). The labia majora is the external genital area and it’s the part that you will see without spreading your legs. The labia minora are the two pieces of skin that are located on either side of the vaginal opening, inside of the labia majora.
The labia minora, or inner lips, is important for maintaining optimal levels of moisture and hygiene of the vulva and vagina. The labia majora is the part of your body that protects the delicate soft tissues of your vulva and contains pubic hairs. This hair is meant to protect the rest of your vulva from stress and friction.
Many women aren’t totally comfortable with their genitalia. Whether you are unhappy with the shape and size of your labia or you’ve been experiencing discomfort, a labiaplasty can change your life. For years, women were unaware of their options and shy to discuss their issues.
Fortunately, that is all changing. These days, women are empowered to make a change and get the body that they have always wanted. By eliminating discomfort, improving sexual response, and creating a beautiful vaginal area, a labiaplasty can be a dream come true.
There are numerous different labiaplasty techniques that can be done to meet your unique needs and wishes. As a labiaplasty expert, Dr Turner is highly skilled at creating almost imperceptible scars that are hidden along the natural creases of the labia.
There is a range of different techniques that can be used, alone or in conjunction with others.
The original technique used in labiaplasty was simply removing the tissue at the free edge of the labia minora. This is a procedure used by many surgeons because it’s quick to perform and easy to learn. This method can be a good option for women who want to eliminate the darkening of the inner labia, that comes with age and pregnancy.
The disadvantage of this technique is that the natural texture of the labia minora is lost. This creates an overly smooth and unnatural look. There’s also an increased risk of nerve damage. A major limitation of this technique is that it can’t deal with excess tissue around the clitoral hood. Even if you aren’t concerned with the shape of your clitoral hood now, you may find this method creates an odd-sized clitoral hood.
The de-epithelization technique allows you to maintain the natural texture of the labia minora edge. With this method, an incision is made in the inner and outer wall so that you can keep a natural labia edgeThe disadvantage to the de-epithelialization technique is that the labium width could increase if a considerable amount of tissue needs to be de-epithelialized adding bulk to the labia. Also for those with large labia, the free margin is not reduced in length and appears wrinkly.
The wedge resection technique removes a wedge of tissue from the labia minora thickest portion. This method preserves the labia’s natural texture for a natural look and has been a popular technique used by many surgeons performing labiaplasty surgery over the last decade.
There is, however, the potential of nerve damage when done as a full-thickness resection. Another drawback is that this method doesn’t address the hyperpigmentation of the labial edge and if too much tension is applied then there is a risk of wound separation.
Far too many women are unaware of the options available to them. Our Sydney clinic provides a discreet and private environment where you can discuss your concerns openly with Dr Turner.
Some of the many benefits of Labiaplasty surgery include:
During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.
Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.
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Labiaplasty is focused on the external appearance of your genitalia. While it is largely focused on aesthetics, it will also address external issues that can cause discomfort. The procedure is based around reducing and reshaping the labia minora. On the other hand, vaginoplasty, is focused on tightening of the vagina. This means reducing the diameter of the vaginal canal. A vaginoplasty can be done alongside a labiaplasty to enhance both the outer appearance and the inner size.
Labiaplasty has been mistakenly linked to female circumcision in the past. While both procedures are done around the vagina, they couldn’t be more different. Female circumcision is a procedure done primarily in Africa and Asia. A female circumcision procedure removes part or all of the clitoris in an effort to reduce sexual satisfaction. Female circumcision is illegal in a large number of countries and is often performed by untrained individuals with no medical background, often in the homes of young girls who are underage and have rarely given consent. The practice of female circumcision, also referred to as female genital mutilation, is widely frowned upon and has no connection whatsoever to the labiaplasty procedure.
Any operation will leave a scar. Dr Turner, however, specialises in labiaplasty and scar minimisation. We take every precaution possible to ensure that you have minimal scarring. The labia minora typically heals extremely well with minimal scarring and Dr Turner will place the scar along your body’s natural creases so they are well hidden.
Due to the natural ageing process and the effects of gravity. Facial ageing will unfortunately continue. With that being said, your face will always look younger than it did if you had never had a facelift done. Overall, this procedure tends to reset the clock, leading to a 10+ year advantage over individuals of the same age. If, over time, you would like an additional facelift, it is generally not as comprehensive as the initial surgery.
Good hygiene plays an essential role in reducing the risk of infection and discomfort. Dr Turner highly recommends taking a salt bath everyday. Baby wipes are another great way to keep your perineum clean. Dr Turner recommends that you wear a panty liner to absorb any spotting or light bleeding for the first two weeks after surgery. Since dissolvable stitches are used, your body will gradually heal itself. Swelling and discomfort of the vulva will gradually disappear over the first week after the surgery. Analgesia and ice packs are ideal for pain control after your procedure. Dr Turner will also give you a topical numbing cream and pain relieving medication to take home. You can also expect to return to work five to seven days after your procedure. It’s important, however, that you take it easy for the first six weeks. Avoid exercise and sex for the first six weeks after your procedure. One week after your procedure, you will return to our Sydney clinic for a post-operative check. Dr Turner will examine you and ensure that you are healing properly. You will return again in one month for a follow-up with the doctor. The full results will be evident in about four to six months.
You’ll want to wait one to two months to start exercising again. Every woman is different so there are no exact guidelines. Dr Turner will regularly monitor your progress to see exactly where you are in the healing process. When you visit our Sydney clinic for follow-up appointments, Dr Turner will advise you when you can go back to your regular routine. In the meantime, you can still walk around and do other light exercise. Keeping your blood circulating will actually be good for you and speed up your recovery. Pushing yourself too hard, however, can cause problems. You’ll also want to be careful about wearing tight exercise clothes or doing activities like horse riding or bicycling.
You won’t have any problem using the toilet after your procedure. There won’t be any stinging or pain. The only thing that will be different is that you’ll need to be careful when you are cleaning yourself. You will want to keep some water handy so that you can gently rinse your genital area then pat it dry. When it comes to defecating, you’ll want to be careful not too push too hard in the days immediately following your procedure.
When you visit our Sydney clinic, you will be given a full list of instructions that will walk you through the process step by step. If necessary, stop smoking one month before your scheduled surgery Stop drink one week before your scheduled surgery Find a friend or family member who can take you to and from the Sydney hospital Organise to take at least three days off of work Buy menstrual pads and comfortable underwear
While there is a Medicare item number to cover labiaplasty, this is rarely approved by Medicare and so labiaplasty is largely considered a cosmetic surgery procedure.
Yes. A labiaplasty can be a good option for any woman who is in good health and over the age of 18 years. While women often choose to have a labiaplasty to deal with the effects of vaginal childbirth, it is not necessary to be a mother to have the procedure. Some women develop enlarged labia during puberty and a labiaplasty can be a good solution. While you might have been dealing with the condition for years, it is important to wait until you are over 18 to ensure that your body is fully developed before making a change as it allows for much more predictable results.
Women who get labiaplasty come from a range of backgrounds. Some women have large or misshapen labia from child birth. Some women find that their labia begin to sag and become larger over time as women become older. Other women find that their labia change dramatically after childbirth. It’s also possible that labia become saggy after a major weight loss. Ultimately, the reasons don’t affect anything. Regardless of the cause of labia sagging or enlargement, a labiaplasty can transform your genitals. It’s also important to note that nothing can be done to prevent enlarged and saggy labia. This will naturally happen during the ageing process. Sexual activity and tampons will make no difference in the size of labia.
The majority of women who get a labiaplasty are very pleased with their results. There are always exceptions however. Dr Turner has worked with women who went to other doctors for their labiaplasty procedure and decided that they aren’t happy with it. If you are unhappy with the amount of tissue removed or are seeing asymmetry, Dr Turner can transform your look.