Labiaplasty for Labia Reduction in Auckland New Zealand
What is a Labiaplasty or Labioplasty?
Labia Reduction Surgery (called Labiaplasty or Labioplasty) refers to a cosmetic genital procedure designed to change appearance of the labia minora. Women requesting this procedure have usually developed a ‘longer’ labia which may protrude beyond the outer labia of the vagina. This can be a source of embarrassment for some women and also extremely uncomfortable – when the labia rubs against underwear while walking or exercising.
The labia minora (inner vaginal folds) can change with the passing of time or after childbirth and become large, prominent and low slung. Some women find that these changes have an impact on their confidence or are physically uncomfortable. We reduce the labia minora with surgery and achieve the appearance that you require, at the same time as minimising any discomfort. This surgery can also be used to tone, reshape, reconstruct or tighten the various muscles and surrounding skin of the vagina.
Dr Mark Gittos Specialist Plastic Surgeon is experienced with labiaplasty surgery in Auckland.
Am I a Good Candidate for Labial Reduction?
- Do your vagina lips cause you any irritation during sexual intercourse or certain physical activities?
- Do you find yourself feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your vagina lips?
- Are you emotionally distressed about the appearance of your vagina lips?
- Does the appearance of your vagina stop you from participating in certain activities?
Then you may be a good candidate for Labiaplasty.
What are the Benefits of Labiaplasty?
There are many reasons why women might opt for Labia Reduction Surgery and this will always vary among patients. Women can often be self-conscious about the appearance of their genitals, particularly as they get older and the labia may become stretched and saggy. Labiaplasty can help with:
- Long, or ‘hanging’ vaginal lips
- Labial discomfort, pain, or irritation – particularly during certain activities or while wearing certain clothes
- Embarrassment during intimacy
Labia Reduction Before and After Photos
- Visit our Auckland clinic to see more of Dr Gittos’s real patient Labial Reduction and Labiaplasty procedure before and after surgery photographs.
The Labiaplasty Procedure
A Labia Reduction procedure should always be performed by a Plastic Surgeon at either an accredited out-patient surgery centre or a Hospital.
Your surgeon will usually perform your surgery using general anaesthetic, but a local anaesthetic can also be an option.
The exact procedure will of course depend on your individual characteristics and requirements, and will take 45 to 90 minutes.
There are TWO main surgical techniques that can be used in Labiaplasty surgery, the edge resection (trim method) and the wedge resection method.
1. Edge Resection Method – Trim Procedure
The Trim method is sometimes referred to as the strip method. This is the most commonly used method for reducing the length of the labia.
Dr Gittos will remove excess labial skin along the length (edge) of the labia minora.
This method is less likely to cause complications and a good choice for patients looking to remove any darker, longer edges of the labia.
2. Wedge Resection Method
The Wedge Method removes a wedge-shaped portion of the unwanted labium which reduces the bulk of the labia minora.
The wedge of labial tissue is removed without affecting any functioning areas of the vagina
This method can also help to reduce any excess tissue in those areas as well.
Labiaplasty surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic with sedation, however in some cases it is preferred that the patient is put under a general anaesthetic. Dissolvable stitches are used in the process of this procedure, which can result in discomfort for a few days as the stitches take around 7-10 days to dissolve.
Dr Mark Gittos is available to discuss this procedure with patients who are suitable candidates for this surgery and in good general health.
See Labiaplasty procedure Before and After Pics
Recovery after Labiaplasty
You will experience some discomfort for several days after the operation and there will be swelling for some weeks.
the vaginal area heals very quickly, meaning recovery for a Labiaplasty procedure is relatively minimal. Patients will experience some pain and discomfort for around 10 days but should improve after this point. Strenuous activities should be avoided for around 4 weeks, and sexual intercourse for 6 weeks. Pain medication is recommended to reduce any discomfort.
We would recommend that you apply antibiotic ointment frequently and – unsurprisingly – avoid sexual intercourse for up to six weeks. In the first four weeks wearing tight underwear and jeans is not helpful. Early rest is important as it will mean that you will soon feel comfortable and back to normal.
Complications and Risks of Labiaplasty
Labiaplasty surgery incurs risks and complications like any invasive surgery. It is wise to choose a highly trained and experienced surgeon with extensive Labiaplasty experience to reduce your surgery risks.
Your Plastic Surgeon will discuss all potential complications during a consultation. Like general anaesthesia, bleeding (Hematoma), infection, wound healing, deep vein thrombosis, scarring and numbness. Always stay educated, be healthy, do not smoke before or after your procedure and understand your risks.
Surgery should never be taken lightly, and as with all other procedures, it is important that you consider the reasons for wanting Labia Reduction surgery and the possible complications and results of the procedure.
Labiaplasty does not make the vagina smaller; vaginoplasty and some laser procedures can assist with this.
Patients should not rely upon Labiaplasty for sexual enhancement – this relies upon a number of different factors, not solely the size, shape, appearance or length of the labia majora and labia minora. If your main concerns for Labiaplasty are purely based on appearance, it might be worth talking to your Doctor or a Counsellor.
Risks involved with Labiaplasty surgery include loss of sensation, infection, asymmetry of the labia and permanent scarring. These risks are uncommon but can occur, so it’s important to be informed of these complications prior to surgery.
How much is Labiaplasty – Cost of Labiaplasty – Prices and Fees in NZ
Many patients want to know how much is labia removal. All Surgery is customised and Dr Gittos will give you a cost for Labiaplasty depending on the type of procedure you are having, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay. After your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote. This will include your Auckland Plastic Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee (if req) and the hospital fees.
We also provide information on Private Health Insurance, a Labiaplasty payment plan plus other different ways to pay for Labiaplasty surgery.