Labiaplasty Services Brisbane & Gold Coast

What is labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a vaginal surgery, used for cosmetic or medical reasons, to alter the appearance of the inner lips (labia minora) and outer lips (labia majora) of the vulva. The procedure may also include an adjustment of other parts of the vulva, including the clitoral hood.

The labia minora varies in size and shape for each woman. Some women do not need surgical intervention as it may be a normal variation of the labia appearance. Labiaplasty is used to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the vagina which can increase comfort and satisfaction, regarding the shape and size of the labia.

Your initial consultation

Labiaplasty is a unique procedure which is different for every individual. At your initial consultation, Dr Sharon Li will discuss your specific concerns and aesthetic goals, and make every effort to ensure your concerns are fully understood. An examination will be performed during this consultation, and please note that you must be aged 18 or over to proceed with this procedure.

Please bring a GP referral, prior to attending your initial consultation, as this allows Dr Li to access information regarding your general health, past medical history, psychiatric history and suitability for the surgery.

You may be a suitable candidate for the procedure if:

  • You are not satisfied with the aesthetic appearance of your intimate area
  • You experience discomfort from your intimate area, such as rumbling
  • You have good physical and mental health.
  • You consider you have extra skin and folds in your intimate area
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are willing to follow your surgeon’s instructions
  • You have a complete understanding of the risks and complications

A consultation fee is charged after your appointment.
Medical broad Ahpra Guideline: From 1 July 2023 all patients seeking cosmetic surgery will require a referral from a GP or other medical specialist. A referral will provide important medical information to Dr Li such as patient history, existing comorbidities, and medication. The GP can assess a patient’s physical and mental health and it is also an opportunity for patient discuss their motivation for cosmetic surgery with an independent practitioner. it is expected it will support continuity of care and patient safety.
Please contact us directly on 07 3219 6868 for more information or to secure an appointment.

Labiaplasty vs. Aviva (Scarless Labiaplasty)

Aviva (Empower RF) is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive alternative to labiaplasty and an in-office procedure, with minimal downtime. Aviva is suitable for patients with mild symptoms. If patients have a more severe case of an enlarged or elongated labia, they may still require the more traditional surgical labiaplasty to achieve their goals. Please refer to our Aviva page for further information about this service or contact our clinic today.

Labiaplasty options & cost

Dr Sharon Li is an experienced gynaecologist and obstetrician specialist. She performs labiaplasty as a part of her gynaecological surgical practice. As such, Dr Li offers different options for the labiaplasty procedure.

Under local anaesthetic

Labiaplasty can be offered under local anaesthetic and is achieved with a CO2 laser machine. In most cases, this procedure is considered a primarily cosmetic procedure and it is not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. The total cost for the in clinic procedure consists of three components:
1. Dr Sharon Li’s surgical fee
2. Assistant surgical fee
3. Local anaesthetic fee

A quote is provided after your initial consultation with Dr Sharon Li. Majority of our patient’s prefer labiaplasty under local anaesthetic as this reduces the costs, compared to labiaplasty under general anaesthetic.

Under general anaesthetic

Some patients may choose to have labiaplasty under general anaesthetic within theatre. This procedure is not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. However, in some cases, patients who experience vaginal prolapse may request vaginal surgery to tighten the vagina; these patients may have labiaplasty performed during the same procedure. This will attract rebates from Medicare or private health insurance from the vaginal surgery. Some women may also prefer to have a PRP injection for vaginal rejuvenation during this procedure, under general anaesthetic.

The total cost for the in theatre procedure consists of four components:
1. Theatre fee
2. Dr Sharon Li’s surgical fee
3. Assistant surgical fee
4. Anaesthesia doctor’s fee (general)

A quote is provided after your initial consultation with Dr Sharon Li.

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Labiaplasty FAQS

The most common request is to increase personal comfort. Irregular sized inner lips can cause discomfort during sexual intercourse or daily activities such as sports. It would be uncomfortable to wear any tight clothing.

It is also used to alter the inner lips for cosmetic reasons to enhance the appearance. Many women do not like how their vagina looks and are concerned that their lips are too big or hang lower than wanted.

This procedure can transform the appearance of the labia to increase comfort.

Labiaplasty surgery is generally safe, but with all procedures there are potential risks and complications. These may include:

  • Bleeding, pain and/or swelling, haematoma
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Wound infection
  • Asymmetry
  • Unacceptable scarring
  • Change in sensation or numbness
  • Over or under correction
  • Some complications may require further surgery

These risks will be discussed before your surgery and you will have an opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

Labiaplasty is performed as a day procedure and women go home the same day.

When scheduling the surgical procedure, you will need to notify Dr Sharon Li of any prescription or over the counter medications, as well as herbal preparations. You will also need to:

  • Shave the genital area prior to the procedure, Shower prior to the procedure
  • Prefer have surgery after period finish
  • Dress in loose fitting clothing (we recommend a dress or skirt) and cotton underwear on the day of treatment

Following the surgery, you will need to know how to correctly care for yourself to avoid any complications. You will need to:

  • Gently cleanse the treated area with water, following the procedure (we recommend using a shower head attachment to rinse effectively)
  • Two post-partum ice packs will be provided to apply to the treated area. This will assist with pain relief and reduce swelling, we recommend to utilise the ice packs for 1-2 weeks.
  • The first 7-10 days can be a little uncomfortable and you should not wear any jeans, tight pants or other restrictive clothing during this time
  • No intercourse and reduction of physical activity for 6 weeks

It is highly recommended to spend most of the time resting in the first couple of days after the surgery. Most women take about 1-2 weeks off work following the surgery due to discomfort.

Labiaplasty Services Brisbane & Gold Coast

To find out more about labiaplasty, or to book an appointment, please contact us.