Overview

Occasionally called labioplasty, is an operation designed to reduce and reshape the excess labia minora tissue of the vagina.  Women seek surgery to this location for multiple reasons. The systems which women normally describe being associated with the excess tissue include discomfort and pain with certain activities such as prolonged sitting, cycling and sexual intercourse (Dyspareunia).

This is a common concern affecting many women.  Because of the private nature of these concerns it is a problem that is frequently not discussed. Labia reduction is usually carried out on the labia minora.  These are regarded as the “inner” lips on either side of the entrance to the vagina.

Cosmetic concerns regarding the appearnce of the labia may have been present since early teenage years.  Labia minora elongation is a natural phenomenon which takes place over time and can be exacerbated by pregnancy and subsequent childbirths.

What to Expect

If performed for medical reasons, Labiaplasty can attract medicare rebates. A percentage of your surgeons, anaesthetist and hospital fees may then be claimed from both Medicare and your private health fund if you have cover. You will need a referral from your general practitioner if you wish to claim.

Women will usually consult with the surgeon about their particular needs and goals for labioplasty.  Consultations involve a detailed discussion and an external examination.

Surgery

Surgery is usually performed with a general anaesthetic (fully asleep).  Local anaesthetic is injected into the Labia Minora and Labia Majora to reduce bleeding and discomfort both during and following the surgery. During surgery the excess tissue is removed from the labia minora so that they no longer protrude beyond the margin of the labia majora. Absorbable sutures are used to repair the wound which means that sutures do not require removal following surgery. There is an immediate and permanent change to the appearance of this area.