Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty involves the surgical alteration of the sides of the vulva, or female external genitalia, which are composed of two folds of tissue; the labia minora, on the inner side, and the labia majora, on the outside.

Why is vaginal surgery controversial?

It is controversial because who really decides what is "right" or "wrong" or what these structures "should" look like? It has been proposed that pornographic films have been involved in setting the "standard". Some opponents classify it as genital mutilation.

Most ladies requesting vaginal surgery have asymmetry or have experienced significant enlargement of the labia, sometimes following childbirth. 

I take the approach that if a woman is unhappy with the shape of her labia and has seriously thought things through, I am happy to undertake the procedure.

Procedure

What happens during a labiaplasty procedure?

The vast majority of procedures involve the labia minora.

Local anaesthetic is injected into the area that is to be reshaped.  Once numb the tissue is remodelled.  Dissolving sutures (stitches) are used to close the surgical site.

What are the possible complications of a labiaplasty procedure?

Remodelling the labia majora is a bigger undertaking than remodelling the labia minora, and has more potential complications.

Complications for both types of operations can include bleeding afterwards, nerve damage resulting in chronic pain or numbness and scarring. These complications are more common with the labia majora surgery.

However, I have not had these complications reported to me from those I have operated on.

 

Costs

How much does a labiaplasty procedure cost? 

The cost is up to $71 for the initial consultation.  An approximate cost of the procedure can be determined at this time.

                                     

Booking

Please phone reception at Broadway Medical Centre  to enquire about booking.

Phone:   03 477 4335

Fax:       03 477 4337

E-mail: enquries@broadwaymed.co.nz