Labias come in all shapes and sizes and there are many reasons why people women have large or enlarged labias, including normal variations, genetic predisposition, ageing, hormonal changes and following childbirth.
While there’s usually nothing wrong with large or enlarged labias, for some people they can cause a range of issues, including:
- pain and discomfort
- self-consciousness during intimacy or when wearing tight clothing such as yoga pants or swimwear
- difficulty exercising
- discomfort during intimacy or sexual intercourse
- health issues including urinary tract infections and irritation
If the size or shape of your labia causes any of these issues, you may consider labiaplasty to reduce the size of your labia.
In this article we’ll talk about labiaplasty, including what the procedure involves, the average cost of labiaplasty in Sydney, the risks and benefits and what to look for when you’re choosing a surgeon.
What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a cosmetic surgery that modifies the appearance and function of the labia minora (inner lips) or labia majora (outer lips).
There are two types of labiaplasty: the Trim Method and the Fat Grafting Procedure.
The Trim Method
The Trim Method involves removing the excess tissue of the labia minora along its edges. This method is best suited for people who have long labia minora that cause discomfort during physical activities or sexual intercourse.
The Fat Grafting Procedure
The fat grafting procedure involves removing fat cells from other parts of the body and injecting them into the mons pubis (the area on the lower abdomen just above the labia) or labia majora. This is done to reverse sagging of the labia majora.
How Much Does Labiaplasty Cost In Sydney?
You may be wondering how much labiaplasty costs and if there are affordable labiaplasty surgery options in Sydney.
Labiaplasty is usually considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore is not covered by Medicare or private health insurance, although in some limited cases, Medicare or your private health insurance provider may cover a portion of the cost if the labia are causing pain or physical discomfort and certain Medicare criteria are met.
So what’s the average cost of labiaplasty surgery in Sydney? Well, the answer depends on your circumstances and the surgeon you choose.
Without Medicare or private health insurance coverage, labiaplasty usually costs between $6,000 and $7,500, depending on the complexity of the labiaplasty.
If you are covered by Medicare or private health insurance, your out-of-pocket expenses for labiaplasty start at $4,100.
This cost includes the surgeon’s fee, hospital/theatre fees and anaesthetist’s fees, and includes 12 months of follow-up care.
It’s important to note that the range provided above is an estimate only. The final cost may be higher or lower depending on the individual case and any additional fees that may apply.
What Are The Risks And Benefits Of Labiaplasty?
Like any surgical procedure, there are risks and benefits of labiaplasty surgery. During the recovery period, patients may experience pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, nerve damage and scarring.
However, labiaplasty may provide a number of benefits. Many patients report feeling more comfortable and confident after the procedure, improved sexual function, and decreased pain and discomfort during physical activity or sexual intercourse.
Labiaplasty is a day procedure, meaning you can go home the same day. Most initial discomfort is usually over after a few days, with remaining discomfort usually resolving within a week.
Labiaplasty can be performed under either local or general anaesthetic, depending on your circumstances.
Choosing An Experienced And Qualified Surgeon
When considering labiaplasty or any type of cosmetic surgery, we believe it is critical to choose an experienced and qualified surgeon. You believe that your surgeon should have been trained by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and have specialist qualifications in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Why Choose Pure Aesthetics?
At Pure Aesthetics, our surgeons are Specialist Plastic Surgeons, which means they have undergone specialist plastic surgery training at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and are Fellows of the RACS (FRACS).
When you come in for an initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss your concerns and what you hope to achieve. After going over your medical history and conducting a thorough examination, your surgeon will help you understand what you should realistically expect from the labiaplasty and if it can help you reach your expectations.
Overall, labiaplasty may be an effective procedure for woman who may be self-conscious about their labia or who experience physical discomfort or pain due to the size of their labias. By understanding the different types of labiaplasty, the cost and Medicare or private health insurance options, and the risks and benefits associated with the procedure, you can make an informed decision about whether labiaplasty is right for you.
If you’d like to learn more about labiaplasty or if you’d like to book a consultation with one of our specialist plastic surgeons, get in touch with our Pure Aesthetics team.