North Shore Cosmetic Surgery provides a
SUMMARY comprehensive range of cosmetic and
reconstructive plastic surgery procedures,
Labioplasty changes the appearance
as well as a full range of ancillary
of the inner labia, and improves
symptoms of irritation if present.
Labioplasty will increase your self-
confidence and allow you to wear
A patient guide
normal clothing and to participate to understanding
in everyday activities without PRACTICE LOCATIONS
Level 1, 357 Military Rd
North Shore Cosmetic Surgery is a group of Plastic Mosman 2088
Surgeons dedicated to providing a high standard
of service to the North Shore.
Suite 507 SAN Clinic
All members are Fellows of the Royal Australian
College of Surgeons, Australian Society of Plastic
Surgeons and Australian Society of Aesthetic www.drcharlescope.com.au
Plastic Surgeons, and have been trained to the
highest possible standards.
Dr Charles Cope
FOR ALL APPOINTMENTS CALL
MBBS BSc(Med) FRACS
INTRODUCTION PREPARING FOR THE SURGERY THE SURGERY
Labioplasty reduces the size of the labia minora, the It is important to discuss with your surgeon any The surgery is usually performed as a day-stay
folds of skin or inner lips at the entrance of the pre-existing medical conditions which you may procedure in hospital, and is usually performed
vagina. There is considerable variation of the size have, as well as any history of bad scarring. It is under general anaesthetic. During the procedure
and shape of the labia minora. Some women with important to stop smoking at least a few weeks the excess tissue is removed, and most patients
large inner labia which extend past the outer vaginal before the surgery – smoking increases the request that the labia minora do not show past
lips (labia majora) experience discomfort during chance of healing problems after the surgery. the level of the labia majora (outer lips), or are
everyday activities, sport and intercourse, and have Aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications eg reduced to the level of the outer lips. The
difficulty wearing tight-fitting clothing. Others do not Nurofen, and some vitamins and herbal procedure does not change the appearance of
like the appearance or feel embarrassed by the medications can cause bleeding and also need to the clitoral area (reduction of the clitoral skin area
prominence of their labia in swimming costumes or be stopped 10 days before the surgery. risks change in sensation), and depending on
other revealing or tight-fitting clothing, and this can your individual anatomy labioplasty can make the
also be a source of sexual embarrassment. clitoral area relatively more prominent. The scars
You will need to discuss what results you are are hidden below the level of the labia majora and
expecting from the surgery, and your surgeon will usually cannot be seen long-term. All sutures are
Labioplasty can also be able to show you some photos of other dissolving and do not need to be removed.
be performed to patients who have had the procedure.
correct a difference in
size between the left AFTER THE SURGERY
and right sides, or to
correct stretching or a
change in shape that There is always some bruising and swelling after
can occur with the surgery, which can be minimised by resting
childbirth. quietly and minimising activity for a few days.
Labioplasty is not a particularly painful operation.
You can shower normally the day after surgery.
About one-third of patients having labioplasty have Most patients return to normal everyday activities
the operation for purely cosmetic reasons, but in including driving and work within a week. It is
patients with symptoms of irritation with tight fitting important to restrict heavier activities including
clothing or sports, or other medical problems, sport and the gym for a few weeks, with no
labioplasty will improve your symptoms. sexual activity for 3-4 weeks. The final result is
Labioplasty will increase your self-confidence and often not apparent until 6-8 weeks.
allow you to wear normal clothing and to participate
in activities such as swimming without