Labiaplasty Surgery Perth
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the labia minora
The labia minora is the skin that covers the female clitoris and vaginal opening. Women with a large labium may experience pain during intercourse and feel discomfort daily. This may be particularly when engaging in exercise, bicycle riding, work or pleasure activities.
There is no definitive reason for the formation; it may be caused by genetics, sexual intercourse or difficulties during childbirth.
The procedure is personalised to address your particular concerns, which you can discuss with Dr Hanikeri during your consultation at our Perth location.
What are some of the reasons women undergo labiaplasty surgery?
Women may wish to change the appearance of their labia minora and address physical pain or sexual dissatisfaction. It is important for you to understand how your body affects you and how to better explain to your surgeon what you would like to achieve with the surgery.
It may be helpful for you to speak with a gynaecologist about this procedure for advice.
Possible benefits of the procedure
A labiaplasty can address the size and shape of the labia minora, which can benefit patients who experience discomfort or pain in the area.
The procedure creates a permanent change, although factors such as the natural ageing process can change results over time.
The surgery is highly tailored to your personal needs. The procedure steps are discussed during your consultation, where you will have your preferences, needs and concerns heard.
Suitable candidates for a labiaplasty
Suitable candidates may be experiencing physical discomfort or irritation caused by the size or shape of the labia. Some may experience discomfort while engaging in physical activities, wearing certain types of clothing, or during sexual intercourse due to the excess or asymmetrical labial tissue.
Regarding physical suitability, you will need to undergo a screening process during your consultation. Generally, labiaplasty is contraindicated for individuals with active infections in the genital area, bleeding or clotting disorders, diabetes, recent childbirth, pregnancy or breastfeeding, chronic health issues, a history of surgical complications, and those who smoke.
Potential candidates need to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. A suitable candidate should understand the potential risks and limitations of labiaplasty.
The above contraindications stem from the increased risk of complications, impaired healing, or potential negative impacts on physical and mental well-being. Prospective candidates need to engage in thorough discussions with Dr Hanikeri to determine their suitability for the procedure based on individual health and circumstances.
The consultation with Dr Hanikeri in Perth
Before your procedure, you will consult with Dr Hanikeri to discuss some crucial aspects. The consultation aims to determine your suitability for the surgery, create a treatment plan, inform you of all the essential information you need, and clear up any questions or concerns.
During your consultation, Dr Hanikeri will discuss your medical history, asking about any existing medical conditions, allergies, medications, and previous surgeries. This information is vital in assessing your overall health and understanding any potential risks associated with the surgery.
Moving forward, your surgeon will want to understand your motivations and expectations. He will inquire about your reason for undergoing labiaplasty and discuss what you hope to achieve with the procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the potential risks and complications associated with labiaplasty. These could range from infection and scarring to bleeding and anaesthesia risks. A clear grasp of the potential downsides allows you to make an informed decision while fully understanding what you might encounter during recovery.
A physical examination of the genital area will be conducted during the consultation process. This examination allows the surgeon to assess the size, shape, and symmetry of the labia and tailor the surgical approach to your unique anatomy. Your surgeon will also take this opportunity to explain the procedure, providing details about the techniques he plans to use, the potential outcomes, and the steps involved in the surgical process. This clarity helps you gain a deeper understanding of what to expect.
Knowing what recovery from your surgery will involve is also crucial. Your surgeon will provide insights into the postoperative period. You will be informed about the anticipated discomfort, downtime, and activity restrictions. Being well-prepared for the recovery phase ensures you can plan accordingly and take the necessary steps for a successful healing process.
During the consultation, your surgeon will encourage you to ask questions and voice concerns. He will emphasise the importance of realistic expectations. It’s essential to understand the limitations of the procedure and to gain a clear understanding of what results you can realistically achieve.
If you decide to proceed with the surgery, your surgeon will guide you through the informed consent process. This involves acknowledging that you comprehend the procedure, its potential risks, potential benefits, and available alternatives.
The procedure: What labiaplasty surgery involves
Reduction of the labia minora is usually performed under Local Anaesthetic with Sedation and takes approximately one hour.
Your personalised steps will be discussed during your consultation, but we can provide a general overview of a typical procedure here for your understanding.
The first step typically involves making incisions along the predetermined areas of the labia. These incisions can take various forms, depending on the specific technique chosen by the surgeon. Mr Hanikeri utilises the “wedge” technique which removes a triangular section of tissue from the middle of the labia minora. This can extend alongside the labia majora to include and reduce the clitoral hood if required.
After making the necessary incisions, the surgeon carefully trims or reshapes the labial tissue to achieve the targeted size and contour. Attention is paid to symmetry and balance. Care is taken to avoid over-resection of the labia to avoid interference with the clitoris or urethral opening.
Once the tissue reshaping is complete, the surgeon sutures the incisions using fine, dissolvable stitches. The sutures are strategically placed to promote healing and minimise scarring.
The procedure concludes with applying sterile dressings and possibly placing a protective ointment over the incisions. Patients receive post-operative care instructions and guidelines for managing discomfort, swelling, and other potential side effects during recovery.
Scars are minimal and normally only visible to the trained eye. Most patients having this procedure can return to work within days, and sexual activity may resume in about four to six weeks.