‘Labiaplasty’ is a form of cosmetic genital surgery involving reshaping of the labia. Women who choose this surgery do so because they feel unhappy about the look of their genitals or for reasons of discomfort.
The decision to have labiaplasty surgery is a very personal choice and should be made only to please yourself.
Labiaplasty in Perth
As a woman ages and particularly following childbirth, the labia minora (inner lips) can naturally change in appearance. Perth labiaplasty surgery aims to change the size and shape of the inner labia or the inner lips of the vulva.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Labiaplasty surgery may be of benefit to you if you feel uncomfortable with the appearance of your labia or feel discomfort when wearing certain clothing or undertaking certain activities. It can improve your appearance by reducing the size of, and reshaping, the labia. Labiaplasty will not make the vagina smaller or tighter. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Assure Cosmetic Centre is the best person to determine if your expectations are achievable.
Labiaplasty is usually performed to reduce the size of the labia minora (inner lips). Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will use either a scalpel or laser to remove unwanted tissue and reshape the labia into the desired size and shape. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will explain in detail what to expect with your labiaplasty surgery.
In Perth, labiaplasty is performed in an accredited hospital under local or general anaesthetic. You can expect to be discharged that same day or after a short hospital stay. This will depend on your general health, the extent of the procedure, and your surgeon’s advice.
You will need to attend a post-operative consultation approximately 5-7 days after labiaplasty surgery and again 7-14 days after surgery with subsequent post-op visits if required.
Scars are an inevitable result of any surgery. However, with labiaplasty your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will make every effort to ensure any scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Scars are usually insignificant and hidden, so are easily concealed. Most scars fade considerably with time, although there is individual variation in healing time and scar formation.
Although no major complications are expected with labiaplasty, you may have some bruising and swelling after surgery. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will discuss what you can expect from this procedure. It is important to carefully follow your plastic surgeon’s advice to reduce the risk of complications.
A post-operative care plan will be discussed with you before and after the procedure. Returning to work and your normal activities is an individual matter and your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will advise you. Many patients return to work after 1 week and some even sooner.
The initial consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will cost approximately $185 and take about 30-45 minutes. If a Medicare item applies to your potential procedure then you will be entitled to a rebate from Medicare of approximately $75, providing you have a written referral from your GP or specialist. GP referrals are valid for 12 months and specialist referrals for 3 months.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will provide an indication of the likely costs, such as your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fees and hospital and theatre fees. Your surgeon’s fee includes all post-operative care and nurse dressings. Pricing will vary from case to case, but an indicative range of your surgeon’s fee is $1,500 to $3,000 excluding GST. Anaesthetist, hospital and theatre fees are additional.
There are Medicare and private health insurance rebates available for certain labiaplasty procedures in Perth. Your surgeon can provide you with more information, but you would then need to talk to your private health insurer to determine exactly how much cover they will provide and confirm what your final out-of-pocket costs will be.
A good starting point is to book a consultation with one of our experienced team at Assure Cosmetic Centre. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and ask questions. You will be provided with detailed information regarding the treatments or procedures that can help you, the expected outcomes, and the costs involved. Click here to make an appointment.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.