Female genital cosmetic surgery is a term that encompasses a number of different procedures that are talked about and performed more frequently in recent years. Labiaplasty is the most frequently performed procedure and refers to the surgical ‘tidying-up’ or shortening of the labia- the ‘lips’ located at the opening of vagina.

Why do women choose to undergo labiaplasty?
Women seek labiaplasty for functional and/or cosmetic concerns. Women with functional concerns report problems with discomfort when wearing tight clothes or when undertaking specific activities- such as sport, sex or other physical activity. Some women may also begin to feel extremely self-conscious about the appearance of their enlarged labia that can potentially lead to adverse psychological effects.
How do you know if labiaplasty is right for you?
It is very important to realise that there is no defined ‘normal’ appearance of the female genetalia. In fact, it is not abnormal for the labia minora (inner lips) to protrude past the labia majora (outer lips). However, if you feel discomfort, or are unhappy with the appearance of your labia, you may be a candidate. Some of the questions to consider are:

• What functional problems, if any, do I have?
• How do you feel about the way your labia looks?
• How do you think the surgery would alter the way you feel about yourself, or your ability to undertake specific activities?
Dr Alia Nasser will ask you these questions during your consultation to determine the right procedural path for you.
What does the surgery involve and how long will it take for results to show?
There are a few approaches available to changing the shape of your labia, depending on your needs that Dr Alia will discuss with you prior to the commencement of your procedure. The most common approach are either the removal of a V-shaped wedge from one or more areas along the labia minora, or trimming of the labia minora. Dr Alia Nasser will use a short-acting, conscious sedation as well as local anaesthetic to ensure greater comfort during the procedure.
Labiaplasty is a day-case surgery and Dr Alia Nasser can generally complete the surgery within one to two hours, followed by an hour recovering in the resting room. Post-surgery discomfort should only last for a few days, and you can expect to be fully healed in approximately six week. Most women return to work within two to four days after their surgery and Dr Alia Nasser recommends you avoid strenuous exercise for at least four weeks following surgery and you can resume sexual activity six to eight weeks after the surgery.

Contact us today to discuss your labiaplasty options with Dr Alia Nasser- call 02 9363 2224 or email

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