Even though a large percentage of women have a normal size labia minora, there are still reasons why they would prefer to have it reduced.
Elongated labia minora can cause pain, discomfort and general embarrassment in intimate situations. More and more women are taking control and choosing to undergo labiaplasty in order to feel more comfortable again.
A/Prof Magnusson is a labiaplasty specialist who has helped countless women restore their confidence.
The labiaplasty procedure
Before labiaplasty surgery, you will have a consultation and an examination with Associate Professor Magnusson at his Toowoomba or Gold Coast surgery. During your consultation, it is important to ask any questions that you may have about Labiaplasty surgery. A/Prof Magnusson will take the time to understand what you are hoping your end result to be, before explaining the surgical technique and options available to you.
The aim of surgery is to create a more even and appealing vulva (external genital organs of the female). Surgery is most frequently used to address elongated labia minora, which can cause irritation and inflammation due to increased prominence. Less frequently, women will have surgery to reduce their clitoral hood to increase sexual stimulation.
Under law in Queensland, Labiaplasty surgery needs to be undertaken in an accredited hospital. Surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic or with a general anaesthetic and is a day procedure.
During the procedure, the excess tissue is excised from the labia minora, so they no longer extend past the labia majora. A/Prof Magnusson uses absorbable sutures to close the incisions, meaning the sutures will not need to be removed following surgery.
The entire procedure doesn’t generally take longer than an hour to complete.
Ideal candidates for labiaplasty surgery
We find that women from Toowoomba, Brisbane and the Gold Coast who experience different degrees of labial hypertrophy or elongation with irritation are often suitable candidates for his surgery. Most patients want labiaplasty surgery to decrease the size of their labia minora.
Suitable candidates are women who:
- Have concerns about the appearance of their labia.
- Understand the risks related to the procedure.
- Are emotionally and physically healthy.
- Have a large labia, loose minora or stretched vagina.
- Are experiencing pain or irritation when they exercise, wear certain clothing or have sexual intercourse
- Have realistic expectations.
- Are wanting a Labiaplasty for their own reasons, not someone else’s.
Labiaplasty is not only used to address prominent labia minora, but also scars associated with episiotomy, tears during childbirth and prominent clitoral hooding. The appearance of the vulva (external genitalia) has received far greater scrutiny with the trend towards reduced genital hair and the ready access to images online. It is important to appreciate that many of these images are “airbrushed” and that the normal appearance of the vulva has a broad range. Most people who consider this surgery do in fact have normal external genitalia. For some, they may be considering this surgery because they have been led to believe that their own anatomy differs from what would be considered normal. For this group of patients, reassurance is the key, not surgery.
Labiaplasty surgery removes the feeling of discomfort during sports or intimate activities and enables women to wear tight underwear and fitted clothes. The majority of patients who initially presented with symptoms of irritation and inflammation will have a gratifying resolution of these symptoms after just a few months.
For some women, there are adjunctive procedures that may include reduction of an excessively long clitoral hood and tightening or volumising of the labia majora, both of which can improve intercourse and confidence levels.
frequently asked questions
How much does labiaplasty cost?
What are some of the risks and complications?
What should I expect during my recovery?
Some swelling and tenderness is common after labiaplasty but any discomfort can be treated with pain medication or a cold compress. If you do use a cold compress, don’t apply it for longer than 15 minutes at a time as this could damage the skin and the numbness could prevent you from noticing any complications. Patients will need to take several days to recover at home, during which they should rest as much as possible.
Using the bathroom after labiaplasty might sting until the wounds have healed and patients should be very gentle when wiping. A full shower that includes soap will only be possible 48 hours after your procedure. It will only be possible to resume your normal exercise routine two weeks after your procedure – tight clothing should also be avoided for at least two weeks. Sexual activity will need to be avoided for six weeks to give the vagina time to recover. The full results of your procedure will be visible after several months.
Does labiaplasty cause scarring?
Any incisions that are made during surgery will be made in the natural folds of the skin, ensuring any scarring is nearly invisible. With the right wound care techniques, scarring can be kept to a minimum after surgery.
How do I prepare for labiaplasty surgery?
Can I have a baby after labiaplasty?
While labiaplasty surgery will not impact your ability to give natural birth, the results of your surgery can be affected by pregnancy. During the final stages of pregnancy, additional hormones can cause the labia to grow. It’s for this reason that many women choose to only undergo labiaplasty after their final pregnancy. Provided there is adequate tissue for refinement, continuous refinement of this area is possible. However, if the health of the vagina would be put at risk, ongoing or additional refinement won’t be possible.
Request a labiaplasty consultation in Toowoomba or the Gold Coast
If you’re considering labiaplasty, you can request a consultation with A/Prof Magnusson in either his Toowoomba or Gold Coast clinics. He has seen patients from Brisbane and throughout Queensland and can also provide information regarding other procedures, including liposuction, abdominoplasty and breast augmentation.