Enlarged or protruding labia minor (inner vaginal lips) is a common problem and concern for women. They can occur for a number of reasons, including with increasing age, childbirth or often just naturally.
Enlarged labia can be the cause of concern for many women as they can experience pain, discomfort, humiliation and hygiene problems.
Labia reduction surgery, or labiaplasty, can alleviate these problems. During this procedure excess tissue of the labia minora is trimmed down to a more aesthetically pleasing and functional size.
Labiaplasty surgery is designed to reduce the size, and change the shape of the inner lips, the labia minora.
Dr Ali Hussain uses a technique which helps to reduce potential complications from labia cosmetic surgery. He uses a contouring technique, which allows him to shape the labia with precision and attention to symmetry. Loss of volume and structure in the outer lips or Labia Majora is also able to be rejuvenated using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, structural dermal stimulators combined with Platelet Rich Plasma.
Firstly, upon arriving at our clinic you will be met by our friendly staff and they will walk you through the initial patient registration process. Once this is done, you will be ready to be taken through for your initial consultation with Dr Ali Hussain.
During this consultation, you will be asked number of questions, including about your relevant medical background, history of surgery, vaginal child births and any traumatic deliveries, followed by the physical examination. Examination and discussion of your desired outcome will be in a confidential relaxed atmosphere.
Once you are assessed, and if you are considered suitable for surgery, then a surgical plan is created to provide you with the desired outcome. Of course, an important part of this is ensuring you have a realistic expectation about the results achievable.
Dr Ali Hussain will discuss with you the details of the surgery, your expected recovery period and inform you about the potential risks and complications that allow you to make an informed decision. Photos are then taken for our medical records.
Dr Ali Hussain will offer you a secondary complimentary consultation to answer any additional questions you have following your initial consultation. It is important that you have a thorough understanding of your planned procedure.
General Anaesthesia is used for this procedure for maximum patient comfort whilst Dr Ali Hussain performs Labiaplasty procedures. A local anaesthesia will also be injected for a comfortable recovery after the surgery. An 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.
During the first twenty-four hours after the operation, your pain will be well managed with pain relief medications prescribed for you and by using ice packs to help reduce swelling and inflammation in this delicate areas.
There will be a number of tiny dissolvable sutures in the skin, and also some just inside the opening of the vagina. Although these are dissolvable, most of the stitches will need to be removed gently at around 10 – 14 days after your procedure.
It is highly recommended to take at least 3 – 4 days to spend most of the time just resting following the surgery. After that, for the next week, you may gradually return to gentle daily activities. Keep in mind that there are many tiny sutures in very delicate skin that will require at least two weeks to heal well. It is important to understand that you absolutely MUST refrain from any sexual activity for a minimum of 6 weeks following the procedure. You must also refrain from consuming alcohol or smoking for a minimum of 4 weeks.
RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS:
This information about the possible risks and complications of labia minora surgery is meant to inform you, but it should not frighten or alarm you. You should remember that the vast majority of patients do not have complications. However, since complications can and sometimes do occur, you need to know about them. If you are uncertain about anything you read, you should bring your questions to your consultation with Dr Ali Hussain.
This is rare: taking the prescribed antibiotics usually prevents any infection from developing. However, minor infection can possibly occur and can affect the rate of healing. If this happens, some small areas may take a little longer to heal than others. This is an area where a large number of bacteria and other organisms normally live every day. Their environment is disturbed following surgery and sometimes very minor infection occurs, which is why taking the prescribed antibiotics is so important.
Bleeding / bruising
Rarely a small clot or hematoma may develop. This is not serious unless a very large and painful lump develops. This is very rare and almost never occurs. When it does occur, please notify Dr Ali Hussain so that they can perform an assessment and assist you immediately. Early intervention is best and contributes to healing.
The tissues in this area are very delicate and minor swelling may persist for some weeks. This is not unusual, and will heal well in time. (Women often experience similar healing after childbirth, particularly if they have required stitches.)
The tissues generally heal quickly and scarring is minimal but as with all surgery there can be no guarantee for a perfect outcome. Dr Ali Hussain will endeavour to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible, they generally work well with the natural contours of the vagina.
Although all care is taken to achieve complete symmetry, both sides may not be exactly the same prior to the surgery and consequently it might be difficult to have them perfectly symmetrical after the surgery.
General risks of surgery
Because surgery is such a vital part of modern medicine, there is a tendency to forget that there are risks associated with every type of surgery. While these risks are small, every person undergoing surgery should be aware of the risks. All internal and external wounds need time to heal after surgery. Sutures or stitches and other material are used to hold wounds closed while they heal. In a small percentage of cases, tiny areas of the scar will not completely heal. This may leave a tiny hole where the stitch was, or a small area approximately 1 cm long which does not close as fast as the rest of the stitches. When this occurs Dr Ali Hussain will discuss further management with you.
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. Costs associated with the procedure are from $3,990 which includes:
- Surgical fee
- Surgical facility costs
- Anaesthesia fees
HOW TO BOOK A CONSULTATION
You can book a consultation to discuss your suitability for this procedure by phoning us on 0420 488 105 or by emailing email@example.com. Alternatively, you can fill out the contact form on our home page and we will phone you back to organise a suitable appointment time.
Disclaimer: All surgical procedures carry risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.