Vaginal Rejuvenation | Labiaplasty
At The Swan Clinic, we have lots of patients requesting vaginal rejuvenation. We are a female only team of professionals that will look after you during this delicate process. You never have to feel ashamed or embarrassed. Many of our patients have seen other surgeons that have made them feel inadequate or uncomfortable, at The Swan Clinic, we strive to make you feel comfortable every step of the way. Any photos taken, will never been shown to anyone and your privacy is maintained at all times. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions you have.
Our philosophy is to provide surgery that will achieve a cosmetic result while preserving function of this area at all times. Vaginal rejuvenation covers surgery of the labia minor, labia majority, clitoral hood surgery and vaginal tightening. The majority of the patients we see request surgery of the labia minora or labiaplasty.
This is surgery of the labia minora. Hypertrophic or abnormally enlarged labia minora can occur either at the end of adolescence or after having children. This can become troublesome as it causes rubbing during exercise or can become prominent whilst wearing tight clothing.
Labiaplasty is an operation performed to remove excess tissue from the labia minora. The operation is designed to minimise scarring and to maximise aesthetic outcomes. Our preference is the butterfly technique. This ensures natural results and optimal healing.
At The Swan Clinic your comfort and privacy are paramount. Any photos taken will never be shown to anyone. In addition, we can ensure an all female theatre for your comfort.
This is surgery of the labia majora and can be done to enlarge or reduce this area.
For various reasons, this area can be atrophic, causing a shallow labia minora to majora groove. This results in a large and prominent labia minora which can persist after surgery. This area can be augmented with fat grafting to restore labia majora fullness and the natural contour.
Conversely, sometimes this area is enlarged and can hang beyond the folds of underwear or swim wear. In this instance, surgery can be used to judiciously trim this area to restore its natural shape and side.
The clitoral hood naturally exists to protect the clitorus from rubbing against clothing. This area usually becomes less prominent when labiaplasty or surgery of the labia minora is performed. In very select cases, this area can be reduced.
Either during adolesence, childbirth or as we get older, the vaginal walls may occasionally need tightening. Part of this operation is also to reconstruct the muscles that can stretch with time. This operation needs to be performed under general anaesthetic. It involves removing a strip of the vaginal mucosa, repairing the muscles and tightening the vaginal wall. This operation needs to be performed in hospital and may be eligible for a medicare and private health fund rebate.
Is there a medicare rebate?
For labia minora surgery, labia majora surgery and clitoral hood surgery, medicare rebates are only applicable for severe congenital surgery.
Regarding vaginal tightening, there may be a medicare rebate applicable for functional problems. Please contact us for more details.
How can I prepare for surgery?
You will need to see Dr Hadi twice. The first consult takes you through the operation as well as expected results. The second consult is at no extra cost to you and runs through things again. All risks and benefits will be discussed with you and treatment will be tailored to your needs and your body shape.
When you decide to proceed, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
Stop smoking as this significantly increases complications rates. You cannot smoke for 6 weeks prior and 6 weeks after surgery.
- Two weeks prior to surgery, stop all anticoagulant and antiplatelet medication unless previously discussed with Dr Hadi. Please stop any over the counter medications that might thin the blood, a comprehensive list will be provided prior to the procedure. Two Please check any over the counter medications to see whether they contain these ingredients.
- Shower the night before or the morning of surgery with anti-bacterial soap. These reduce the bacterial living on the skin and there is evidence is reduces chance of infection.
How long will the operation take ?
You will need to be fasted at least six hour before surgery. The operation usually takes 2 hours with a recovery time of around two weeks. You will need to avoid heavy exercise for around one month.
The operation is performed under general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic depending on your preference. Patients go home the same day.
You will be given antibiotic tablets and pain relief tablets to take home so that you can be comfortable. You will be given Dr Hadi’s number to contact her if you have any concerns or questions post operatively.
What about the sutures?
Your wound is closed in layers with dissolvable sutures. You will need to wear a pad for around a week to absorb any excess ooze.
How about going to the toilet?
Wash the area with water, pat dry and apply vasaline.
When can I shower?
You can shower from the next day, pat dry and then apply vasaline.
When can I drive?
You can drive as soon as it is comfortable to do so. This is generally a minimum of one week.
When can I resume sexual activity?
Allow six weeks so that the sutures are not disrupted.
What about scar management?
Apply vasaline to the area as often as needed. Generally three times a day.
What can you do after surgery?
Your part in the operation is essential. You can help achieve the best possible outcome by:
- Ensure you have clean pads that can be used to soak up any ooze.
- Apply ice covered in a tea towel over the area that day and the next morning after surgery to reduce swelling.
- Keeping the area clean and apply vasaline.
- Take tablet antibiotics as prescribed to avoid infection
- Do not smoke for at least 6 weeks after surgery
- Avoid sexual activity for 6 weeks after surgery.
- Come back for regular review as detailed in the next section to ensure your healing is progressing at each stage.
What about post operative visits?
As a minimum, you will be seen by Dr Hadi after surgery, the next day, at three months and twelve months after surgery. This is so that you can have the best possible outcome.
Please call the Swan Clinic on 9526-6885 following your surgery to ensure we have booked all your follow up appointments.
As our patient at the The Swan Clinic, you will be well looked after and can always count on our honesty as we always have your wellbeing in mind.
Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions.