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Labiaplasty

Labioplasty is the procedure used to address issues with excess skin at the entrance of the vagina. This may be a product of normal development or after childbirth.

Apart from the obvious social embarrassment caused, commonly the procedure is also performed for discomfort with clothing and exercise, hygiene issues, and pain with intercourse.

It is a procedure with very successful outcomes and high patient satisfaction as not only is the look improved but also sensation.

Traditionally, the procedure involved literally a quick trim of the excess skin that was protruding and the raw edges oversewn with sutures. This I feel leads to risks of poor scarring and healing with unpredictable post-operative sensation. The more modern technique that I prefer to use removes excess skin from internally, thus preserving nerves and blood vessels to the natural external skin. This technique is more involved and time consuming but I feel provides much better outcomes in appearance and sensation.

I use dissolvable sutures throughout to avoid the discomfort of them being removed.

 

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Time

The operation takes about 1 hour.

 
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Hospitalisation

A day only procedure that does not require overnight hospitalisation.

 
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Risks

Risks are general to any procedure and specific to labioplasty. I will go through these with you in detail based on your individual risk profile and the ways we minimise the risks. This will also be included in your surgery pack that will be provided after your initial consultation.

 
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Recovery

Patients recover quickly that they do most normal activities except sport within a week. Intercouse is avoided in the first 6 weeks.

 
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Cost

Initial consultation is $300. If a second consultation is required, this is at no out-of-pocket charge.

The total cost of the procedure (surgeon, anaesthetist, hospital fees) and any rebates you may be entitled will be calculated for you after your initial consultation and you will be provided a written quote. Post-operative consultations are not charged.

It is advisable to bring a referral as you will likely be eligible for rebates from Medicare and your health fund that will offset a proportion of the above costs.

 

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