Labiaplasty or “labia minor reduction” as it’s sometimes called, is generally performed where there is excessive labial tissue. The procedure is done where there is a functional problem (e.g. discomfort during sexual intercourse or exercise), but also commonly for aesthetic reasons as the condition can cause embarrassment and a loss of confidence.
More women are having a labiaplasty in recent times, as the labia has become more noticeable (e.g. the rise in Brazilian style hair removal). It is also a popular procedure among active women who cycle or frequently go to the gym, for instance. The size, colour, and shape of labia vary significantly, and may change as a result of childbirth, ageing, and other events.
When the labiaplasty procedure is required due to functional problems, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate for the procedure.
Our specialist plastic surgoen—Dr Vlad Milovic—does not perform hymen repair. For this procedure, you should speak to your GP or Specialist Gynaecologist.
Vaginal tightening can be performed surgically via the vaginoplasty procedure.
A vaginoplasty procedure can help women who have experienced significant vaginal laxity after childbirth. This condition can affect a woman’s self confidence, as well as sexual gratification. The vaginoplasty procedure involves narrowing the vaginal canal to correct the stretched muscles.
Due to the personal nature of these procedures, we understand that you may feel more at ease talking with a female staff member first. We have highly experienced nurses who can be available to give you support before, during and after your consultation with Dr Milovic.
Dr Milovic is sensitive to the comfort of his female patients, and will ensure that he has a female nurse in attendance during examinations, for your support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it right for me?
Labiaplasty is a very personal decision and you should have realistic goals and expectations before undergoing any surgical intervention. But if you are unhappy with the appearance of your labia or are having discomfort during sexual intercourse as a result of excessive labial tissue, Dr Milovic will examine you (in the presence of his female nurse) and evaluate how a labiaplasty can achieve an improvement and meet your goals and expectations. If you are in good health and you are a non-smoker (or you are prepared to give up smoking for at least six weeks prior to and after surgery) you may be suited to having a labiaplasty procedure.
Will I need anaesthesia?
Labiaplasty is typically a day procedure performed under general anaesthesia or twilight sedation, and in some cases a hospital stay may be required. The timing of the procedure is generally one to two hours.
Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but it does have some risks. Ask Dr Milovic and your Anaesthetist for more information. You can be assured that Dr Milovic will engage the services of a qualified Anaesthetist who is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to perform your sedation or general anaesthesia.
Dr Milovic and/or your anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Please make sure you have an up-to-date list before the surgery.
Will I have scarring?
The labiaplasty procedure involves labial tissue reduction and the tissues generally heal fast. Scarring is minimal, but as with all surgery there can be no guarantee for a perfect outcome. Dr Milovic will endeavour to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible.
Where will the surgery take place?
Depending upon your general health and the extent of the procedure, labiaplasty surgery is typically performed as a day procedure or alternatively with an overnight hospital stay. Dr Vlad will only perform your labiaplasty surgery in safe, accredited operating facilities.
What is the recovery period after Labiaplasty surgery?
Recovery time will vary from patient to patient. You can expect at least a week before you can return to normal activity. Strenuous exercise and sexual intercourse should be avoided for four to six weeks post-surgery. You will be given post-surgery instructions to follow and if you have any questions, please speak to Dr Milovic and/or his Practice Nurse.
What are the risks with Labiaplasty surgery?
As with all surgery there are risks and potential complications, and Dr Milovic will discuss these with you prior to any surgery taking place.
What are the costs?
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. You have the right to be informed about the costs you can expect, before you have your surgery. This is called ‘informed financial consent’.
Costs associated with the procedure may include:
- Dr Milovic’s surgical fee
- Accredited hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anaesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Medical tests (if required)
After your initial consultation with Dr Milovic, you will receive a written estimate of fees and an information pack to read before your second pre-surgery appointment. The second appointment is free of charge. The costs of labiaplasty are partially covered by Medicare and Private Health Funds. Once you book your surgery, you will also see our staff who will take your pre-operative photos.
As Dr Milovic personalises each procedure for each patient, we are unable to provide you with a price estimate or “ball park” price range without first meeting Dr Milovic at an initial consultation and after he considers you to be a good surgical candidate.