Unlike most other cosmetic procedures, vaginal rejuvenation such as labiaplasty and vaginaplasty or vaginal tightening are not noticeable to other people, but that doesn’t mean the positive effects from these procedures can be less profound.
At Aesthetica Image Centre, Melbourne, our friendly team of Doctors, nurses and support staff understand that this is a very sensitive subject and that it is not easily talked about. For most women discussing our ‘downstairs problems’ with our friends or partner is not a common topic of conversation, or can even considered taboo.
Our experienced team of Doctors, including Dr Ashley, have been performing labiaplasty and vaginaplasty for vaginal tightening, for over 15 years. They regularly are refining their technique and training in the United States under the guidance of Dr Red Alinsod.
Dr Alinsod developed and pioneered many of the innovative techniques in the area of labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation.
Approximately 30 percent of women have excess genital tissue.
This problem may :
- have started in adolescence and been too embarrassed to talk about it
- be due to the effects of childbirth
- be due to ageing
- be due to trauma resulting in labia enlargement, unevenness, or traumatic tears that affects the size or appearance the labia
This can result in:
- discomfort with intimate contact
- chronic rubbing while playing sport or bike riding causing chaffing or irritation of the labia.
- a pulling sensation
- vulva pain
- an inability to wear certain types of clothes such as tight jeans or swimsuits. You may continually wear long tops to hide your concerns. You may not be comfortable wearing bathers but opt to wearing shorts instead.
Most women simply live with these symptoms because they are not aware that there are options available .
All Vaginas are different
When most women are asked if they like the way their vagina looks. Many answer with the sudden realisation that they had never really taken a good look at it, and that other than a fleeting view or two of pornographic movies, they had not actually seen any other women’s vagina.
To further fuel public debate on the subject, many talented artists and photographers around the world in recent times, have been making vagina portraits or sculptures to help educate women and in fact men, on the diversity of this most private part of the female anatomy. They are close-up, or cast images of vulvas, the elusive faces of the female vagina in plain view, that allows us to… “see ourselves for ourselves.”
Following a British Television documentary on the ‘designer vagina’, screened in 2008, The website for the show ran a poll which asked visitors “have you considered having a Designer Vagina?.”
Of the 9216 respondents (on 13 Oct, 2008), 43% answered yes, they had considered having such surgery. While viewers of the site (and thus voters) are likely to have a particular interest in Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery (FGCS), the result still indicates an incredibly high proportion of women dislike their genitalia enough to have considered surgery as an option.
The predominant reason was because they considered… ‘that there was something wrong with how their vulva looked, and… that their vagina should look a certain way.’
The shape of our vulvas really are all different, incredibly different and beautiful and a reflection of how different we are as individual people with different personalities.
The decision to bring about change should be taken with this context in mind, and only after careful thought, planning and proper consultation.
At Aesthetica, many women present for labiaplasty procedures for genuine reasons of health and well being, their unique anatomical attributes simply make ‘day to day life’ uneasy or even painful during work, sport or having satisfying sexual interaction with their partner.
Just one section from ‘the Great Wall of Vagina’ an upcoming sculpture display in England where over 350 individual women have had their vagina cast, already included are examples of male to female and a female to male trans sexual, a virgin, a porn star and some women with some elaborate piercings. Ages so far range from 18 year old students to a grandmother of 76. The artist…”Why am I doing it and what’s it all about?” I hear you ask. Well, vulvas and labia are as different as faces and many people, particularly women, don’t seem to know that. Men tend to have seen more than women, who have often only seen their own, and many have never looked that closely.
Other trends that have influenced Designer Vagina Surgery.
Newer, shifts in cultural trends also help make sense of the ‘rise’ of the designer vagina.
Two central factors in western cultures relate to pubic hair removal and pornography. This influence is best summed up with this woman’s comment related to an online labiaplasty poll:
“I blame porn for this. And Brazilian waxes. Nobody was comparing lips when they were nicely hidden in the bush”.
The emphasis on removal of most or all pubic hair for women has become widespread in the last 5-10 years, to the point it has been claimed as “routine” and “entirely mainstream” in adults and adolescents. So much so that many women are reportedly having ‘permanent Brazilians’.
The removal of most or all pubic hair makes the vulva more visible, and more an object of attention (and also more pre-pubescent).
Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery is part of this shift in status, and a link between this trend for pubic hair removal, and “the rise and rise of vaginal cosmetic surgery” and it is frequently noted in women’s narratives of cosmetic surgery presented in the media:
“When it became all the rage to get heavy bikini waxes and have almost no pubic hair, my prominent labia really started to bother me” (Marie Claire, UK, 2000)
This hairless norm has also been linked to pornography as has Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery, and especially to magazines such as Playboy:
“by 2001, pubic hair seems to almost have disappeared from the pages of [Playboy]”
In recent years, ‘mainstream’ pornography has come to occupy a more normalised position within western heterosexual relationships, so that heterosexual women may well be exposed to a range of (depilated) supposedly particularly desirable vulvas, to which they can compare their own.
In media accounts, women describe these vulvas as desirable:
“I really wanted my genitals to have the tight, tucked-in look that I’d seen in men’s magazines” (Cosmopolitan, Aust/NZ, 2001).
This debate and the shift in public attitude towards cosmetic surgery will continue, however it can be best summed up by this Report.
“Because some opponents and critics say that women are requesting labiaplasty out of vanity, solely to have “more socially acceptable genitalia” created. Six academics, including the heads of two women’s centres and the chiefs of four university departments of obstetrics and gynaecology, discussed the matter in a symposium sponsored by The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Medicine.
They discussed elective vulva plastic surgery and also female genital cutting in Third World nations, and assigned six experts to gather vulva health evidence.
The report indicated that variations in vulva appearance are statistically normal, but that labiaplasty, like any medical treatment, is a woman’s right, concluding that vulva surgery might be medically warranted only after counselling and if it remains her choice; the surgery must be safely effected, and the doctor performs it as medical requirement, not solely for the business purpose of performing surgery.
Labia Minora (Labiaplasty, labia reduction)
Literally translated as “small lips”, the labia minora can be very small or up to 2 inches wide. They vary in size, shape and colour, but resemble flower petals and can range in colour from a purple, pink, brown, or red. The purpose of your labia minora is to protect your vagina and urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of your body) from bacteria.
Labiaplasty is the removal of excess, floppy, or uneven labia minora (smaller interior vaginal lips). This procedure designed to help women feel more confident about the way they look.
Literally meaning outer lips or large lips, the labia majora enclose and protect the other external reproductive organs. The labia majora contain sweat and oil-secreting glands.
The labia majora can be enlarged with excess skin and tissue. Our Doctors have refined the labiaplasty majora technique over the years to safely reduce the size of the labia majora by excising a crescent shaped portion of the inner portion of the majora. The scar is hidden in the crease between the inner and outer labia.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
Clitoral hood reduction involves removing excess skin on the sides of the clitoris. Genetics, estrogen, and testosterone exposure can make significant changes in the way the clitoral area appears. Labiaplasty surgery itself may result in the appearance of a relatively larger clitoral area since the excess labia have been removed drawing the eyes to the clitoral region.
Aesthetica offers an exceptionally precise clitoral surgery for women seeking to improve the aesthetic appearance of their genital area by excising the extra folds of skin lateral to the clitoris. The clitoris itself and its nerves are never touched. Clitoral hood reduction is not clitoral mutilation or clitoral un-hooding.
Aesthetica vaginal rejuvenation and vaginal tightening aims to tighten lax muscles and tissues and remove excess vaginal skin to narrow the diameter of the vagina. This results in a smaller and tighter opening and vaginal canal. With Aesthetica vaginaplasty, the vaginal tightening is done in the entire length of the vagina and not merely the opening few centimetres.
Skin tags and repairing tears from delivering babies
Aesthetica vaginal rejuvenation includes other procedures such as
- removing skin tags that can appear near or around your vagina and perineum
- repairing perineal tears
Both these procedures can be done at the same time as any of the other procedures but can also be done on their own.
Labiaplasty and vaginal tightening procedure options.
Is labiaplasty or vaginoplasty surgery an option for me?
Any surgical procedure must be fully understood by you, so that informed consent can be given. Your privacy is respected. You can be assured that your consultation will be discreet. Comprehensive information about labiaplasty and vaginal surgery, risks, and recovery process will be provided to you during your obligation-free consultation and again during your pre-op visit.
At your Aesthetica consultation.
Once you decide you would like to explore your options further, it is important to have a personal consultation with a Doctor or patient advisor.
A patient advisor is great if you are seeking labiaplasty or vaginal tightening information and get a feeling for the cosmetic surgery practice, without having to be examined. You will have the opportunity to see lots of before and after photos and will certainly see some similar to your own area of concern.
You are welcome to see the Doctor either before or after the patient advisor.
At this stage you are often excited as there is someone who understands and can help you. But we encourage you not to rush into this. We do not want you to be caught in the moment and do something you may regret later. So think time is important.
During your medical consultation, Dr Ashley will discuss your requirements, the likely results and options considering a labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation or vaginal tightening. After an examination, he work with you to decide if the achievable outcomes meet the results you desire.
Questions to not to be afraid to ask the Doctor:
- How long has the Doctor been performing labiaplasty / vaginaplasty?
- How often do they perform labiaplasty / vaginaplasty procedures?
- Are my expectations realistic?
- What support do I get after my labiaplasty or vaginoplasty?
- If I am not happy with the result, can it be fixed and who pays for the revision.
How long does labiaplasty and vaginaplasty take?
All labiaplasty and vaginal tightening procedures are done as a day procedure. They are usually performed with local anaesthetic and sedation.
It takes less than 2 hours for a labiaplasty minora to around 3 hours for complete vaginal rejuvenation.
How will I feel afterwards?
The procedure is pain-free, and there is minimal discomfort afterwards. There will be a little bit of bleeding for approximately 36 hours and you will be swollen.
When can I return to work?
With a labiaplasty you are usually able to return to work within 3 days and return to normal activities within a few weeks .
Vaginal tightening usually takes a little longer to return to work approximately 5 days and return to normal activities after 6 weeks. It is most important
When will I see results?
With a labiaplasty procedure, healing is quite quick. With the scar healing within a week. The stitches used are dissolvable and will fall out from 1 -4 weeks. The swelling can take 4-6 weeks to go down so the final result will not be seen until 6 weeks.
Vaginaplasty results will not be seen until about 8 weeks after your procedure. It is most important for 6 weeks after your procedure that your vagina is allowed to heal. After your 6 week review with the Docotr you will be given a set of dilators to slowly expand your vagina to the diameter you like.
What are the risks?
There are inherent risks and possible complications with labiaplasty and vaginaplasty as there are with any procedure. We will discuss these risks with you during your consultation. You will be fully informed before any procedure is performed.
Scarring: rare. The skin in the vagina usually heals very well.
Infection: most unlikely. This surgical procedure is done under strict sterile conditions and you are given antibiotics as a precaution
Excess bleeding: very rare. Great care is always taken to seal all bleeding vessels. However, very rarely, bleeding may occur this rare possibility is always checked before you leave.
How much does labiaplasty cost and vaginaplasty surgery costAll prices are inclusive with no other costs to pay. It covers your all your procedure costs, medications and aftercare.
Your initial consultation with either the patient advisor or with the Doctor are both complimentary
Labiaplasty minora $4,900
Labiaplasty Medicare rebate – will need to discussed at the time of the consultation with the Doctor
Labiaplasty majora $4,900 there is a reduction if it is performed at the same time as the labiaplasty minora
Clitoral hood reduction $3,500 there is a reduction if it is performed at the same time as the labiaplasty minora
Frequently asked questions.
- You are welcome to go to gallery to see some of our recent before and after results, but please remember they are a little confronting!
Like to see some of our Labiaplasty before and after photos?
If you have any queries regarding vaginal rejuvenation including labiaplasty, vaginal tightening or any other concerns you may have, you are welcome to call 9829 7777 or send an email to our patient advisor, Julie. She will respond to your requests in a discreet and caring manner. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting with you at your convenience at Aesthetica, South Yarra,Melbourne.
Quite often the procedure is the simplest part of your patient experience. The emotional turmoil and decision making process is where our patients rely heavily our caring staff, to help them through this very personal, elective procedure and after care.