What to expect from labiaplasty surgery

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Labiaplasty surgery is designed to improve the look of the inner lips around the vagina.

Women of all different ages have a keen interest for  “designer vagina” that helps improve the look and comfort of their labia.

The parts of the vagina

When people talk about the vagina, they’re generally referring to the external region, which technically, is called the labia. We break it down below:


The vagina, technically speaking, is a muscular canal located inside the body. The vagina is not visible from the outside of the body. The vagina is connected to the cervix and uterus, and it’s in this canel where menstruation, sexual intercourse, and childbirth occurs.


The vulva is the external, visible part of a woman’s reproductive and sexual organs.


The labia refers to the “lips” that surround the vagina. There are two parts of the labia: the labia majora and the labia minora.

  • The labia majora are the outer, fleshy lips of the vulva and are normally covered in public hair
  • The labia minora are inside the outer lips. They end at the opening of the vaginal canal

Why do women consider labiaplasty surgery?

There are many reasons a women would consider surgery to reduce the size and alter the shape of their labia. Some common reasons include:

After childbirth

A woman’s body is incredible. For 9 months, it houses your growing baby, creating a nurturing environment to prepare baby for a healthy life on the outside.

The body, as such, goes through tremendous change. One of these can include changes to the size, shape, and positioning of the labia, especially after childbirth.

Childbirth causes your labia to stretch, and sometimes, it can return to its normal size after birth.

However many women find that childbirth distorts the labia’s size and shape. After birth, their labia may protrude further out, sag, or simply become too bulky.

General ageing has changed the look of your vagina

Just like almost any other part or area of the body, the labia will change shape and appearance as you age.

As we lose elasticity, you might feel your labia has become loose or droopy, causing discomfort or embarrassment.


Many women who express interest in vaginoplasty simply do not like the look of their labia.

They may feel the skin flaps are too large or bulky, or, if they differ in size, they may want to restore symmetry.

Discomfort wearing tight-fitting clothing

Women may feel embarrassed wearing tight-fitting clothing like leggings or jumpsuits as they might experience a “camel toe”.

Discomfort during sexual intercourse

An oversized labia may lead to chafing, inflammation, or pain during intercourse, or when trying to use tampons during menstruation.

Labiaplasty can reduce the size of the labia, altering its shape and reducing the risk of pain during sex.

What is involved in the labiaplasty procedure?

Labiaplasty surgery can e performed as a local anaesthetic procedure in our rooms or it can be performed as a day surgery under general anaesthesia. The procedure takes under one hour.

During the surgery, your plastic surgeon makes small incisions as a wedge or as a trim to remove excess tissue and reduce and reshape the labia. Dissolvable stitches are used.

Are there any scars?

Scars are an inevitable part of any plastic surgery procedure, however during labiaplasty, the scars are generally well-hidden within the labia minora and soften with time.

Labiaplasty recovery: what to expect following surgery

Following surgery, no dressings are required. Instead, we’ll recommend using ointment on the suture line and a pantyliner will be required.

You can shower the day after surgery, and during your recovery, you should carefully wash the area with soap and water twice a day.


Swelling is common following surgery and generally last for a few days.

It is usually at its worst on the second and third day after surgery. Swelling can be mild to moderate, but should subside over the next few weeks.


Following surgery, you might experience some difficulty urinating. This is due to swelling but as mentioned above, should subside with a few days.

If you are experiencing pain during urination, please don’t hesitate to contact Cairns Plastic Surgery anytime during your recovery.

Returning to work and activity

As recovery is relatively minor, you can generally return to work (and light everyday activities) a day or two following surgery.

Intercourse can usually resume 3-4 weeks after surgery, but some women may require up to six weeks before intercourse. Best to ask your surgeon during your follow-up appointments to assess you recovery and advise you on when sex can resume.

You should avoid using tampons for 4 weeks.

Interested in finding out more about labiaplasty from Cairns Plastic Surgery?

At Cairns Plastic Surgery, we are proud of our approach to all types of procedures.

With patient care and education at the forefront of everything we do, our goal is to ensure you are armed with the best and latest information about your preferred treatment.

We aim to explain all your options in a professional, caring, and compassionate manner.

Book a complimentary nurse information session

The first step we encourage prospective patients to take is a free information session with one of our expert nurses. During this confidential chat, we listen to your problems, identify your issues, and discuss the best way to get you to where you want to be.

This chat is critical in understanding what you want and is the first step towards a holistic plastic surgery experience.

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