Labiaplasty and Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation: Deciding on the best treatment for you

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Are you considering Labiaplasty or a non-surgical MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Rejuvenation?

If you are trying to decide between a Labiaplasty or a MonaLisa you need to do your research and discover what the best option is for you. This article aims to arm you with the information you need to make an informed choice.  

Some women may be born with a large or irregularly-shaped labia. While for others, a large labia may develop after puberty, childbirth, or as a result of ageing.

Labial hypertrophy is a condition that affects the labia, making it abnormally large or misshapen. Typically it affects the labia minor or the inner lips of the vagina. Contrary to popular myth, abnormally large labia tissue is NOT caused or worsened by masturbation or illnesses. Some women have them, and some women don’t.

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A large or misshapen labia can affect women in a variety of different ways.

If you are concerned about your labia skin, you may experience one or multiple of the following:

  • Discomfort or irritation when wearing certain clothing or swimwear
  • Discomfort during certain types of exercise. For example, Bike or horseback riding
  • Prone to Chronic Infections
  • Discomfort or self-consciousness during intimacy or sexual intercourse

On the other hand, you may be one of the many women who have not experienced any physical discomfort but feel overly self-consciousness about the outward appearance of your vagina, the effect it has on your self-image, your sex life or the quality of life in general.

Any of the above reasons can lead women to consider Labiaplasty surgery or Non-surgical MonaLisa Touch. The surgical procedure reshapes or reduces the labia skin to improve comfort levels. Or, to create the freedom to wear certain types of clothing, lingerie and swimwear.  The non-surgical vaginal laser option can help refine and/or tighten some of the skin in the labia area.  

Why might your Labia enlarge? Causes for an enlarged or misshapen Labia can vary from woman to woman.

A woman’s labia is composed of the labia majora (which are the outer lips of the vagina) and the labia minora (the inner lips of the vagina).

Some causes for large or notably extended labia include:

  • Genetics: You may have been born this way.
  • Puberty: As estrogen and other hormones increase during puberty, many other changes take place as well. This can lead to the overgrowth of the labia.
  • Pregnancy: When you are pregnant, there is an increased flow of blood to the genital area which can increase pressure and lead to a feeling of heaviness.
  • Childbirth: During childbirth, the labia can stretch and tear and while they normally do retract, some women are left with abnormally large labia post-pregnancy.
  • Trauma: In some cases, hypertrophy can occur after infection or trauma to the genital area.

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What is Labiaplasty? The methods of a Labia Reduction (also known as Labioplasty)

A Labiaplasty or Labioplasty surgery is commonly referred to as a Labia Reduction and is performed all over the world.  

Specialist Plastic Surgeons may perform the labiaplasty/labioplasty surgery using one of two commonly used, related surgical techniques: a trim method or a wedge method.

The Trim Method

The trim method, also known as the strip method, is one of the most commonly used surgical techniques for reducing the length of the labia minora.

  • It removes excess labial skin by cutting away along the long edge of the labia minora.
  • This method is among the most common because it is the least likely to cause complications. It also often produces the most natural-looking results for patients
  • Furthermore, some women also want to remove the darker, longer edges of their labia minora. The trim method may be appropriate for women seeking this type of labia reduction.

The Wedge Method

The wedge method removes a wedge-shaped portion of the unwanted labia.

  • The wedge-shaped portion is removed in order to reduce the bulkiness of the labia minora.
  • Although this technique is not very popular some surgeons do use it in certain circumstances. 
  • The procedure itself typically only takes about an hour or two and is an out-patient procedure.
  • Moreover, surgeons often give patients a mild sedative and/or pain medications, to help place them under a light sleep while they use local anaesthesia to numb the area. 
  • Other labiaplasty surgeries are performed in Hospital Settings under General Anaesthesia.

Fortunately, if you’re wanting surgery to reduce your labia tissues, you be glad to know that generally, the vaginal area tends to heal quickly. However, every woman is different and you will have discomfort after surgery. You also need to follow post-op instructions whilst you’re healing.

That being said, recovery for a typical labiaplasty procedure is often relatively minimal.

What to expect with Labiaplasty Surgery

During a consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, you will be assessed for which treatment will best meet your desires. Not everyone is suitable for surgical options and you may decide to opt for a different approach. Alternatively, you may choose to do nothing and focus on becoming more comfortable with how your labia looks naturally.

However, if you DO struggle with infections, discomfort during intercourse, exercise and/or walking, then the procedure MAY be an option for you. Socially, there are very mixed views about some surgeries and this is a procedure that not everyone will understand. While you might not share it on social media or openly talk about it, the procedure can make a significant difference and improvement for women who have been very uncomfortable and self-conscious about their larger labia. 

labiaplasty surgery could mean you could exercise comfortably, wear a swimwear and other summer clothing without feeling self-consciousness. However, the decision is entirely up to you and should not be undergone lightly.  

There are risks, as with any surgery, and your Surgeon will go over these with you in detail BEFORE you decide to proceed with the surgery.

In general, you will experience some pain and discomfort for about 10 days but any discomfort should improve after the 10-day mark.

Many patients can return to most normal activities within six weeks or thereabouts. While the risks of Labiaplasty are typically low, they still can occur. Healing is always a bit unpredictable and can potentially be impacted by certain environments; therefore, it is important that you discuss the risks and concerns with your doctor prior to consenting to surgery.  

However, if you’re NOT sure you want to have this procedure done, don’t do it.  Discuss it with loved ones and people you feel comfortable with and then make up your mind for yourself – never have any form of surgery to please anyone else. It’s entirely up to you and your Surgeon.

What might Labiaplasty surgery achieve for you?

Women often choose labiaplasty to reshape the external appearance of their genitalia when they are tired of having infections, discomfort during exercise or intercourse and/or of feeling self-conscious about labia in certain types of clothing.

As previously mentioned, you may have a purely cosmetic reason for undergoing a labiaplasty and many women use the procedure to help treat a functional impairment.  

Each woman is unique in her reasons for wanting surgery.

Doctors have found that women who consider their labia to be abnormally long or protruding believe it can lead to some level of emotional or psychological distress, including during intimate encounters.

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery like a Labiaplasty or non-surgical options like the MonaLisa Touch CAN help reduce the size of the labia or reshape the skin. It can also be an option after pregnancy or childbirth if a woman finds the changes to her labia to be very uncomfortable or prone to skin irritation.

Non-Surgical Options: Laser Vaginal Tightening and Revitalisation with MonaLisa Touch

Labiaplasty Surgery is not always the best option for everyone and it does come with certain risks.  Luckily, there are alternatives available. For example, the MonaLisa Touch vaginal laser treatment option.

At Cosmetic Surgery for Women, the MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Rejuvenation is a non-surgical option that can treat a variety of issues without undergoing intensive Plastic Surgery.

General Practitioner, Dr Tina Purdon, is our Team’s ‘go-to’ Medical Professional for female health. Including post-pregnancy and menopausal help as well as MonaLisa Touch treatments.

Dr Tina Purdon not only has extensive, specialised training and experience performing the Vaginal Rejuvenation but as a female, she is also discrete and understanding.

If you are experiencing any of the following then the MonaLisa Touch may be perfect for you:

  • Vaginal atrophy due to ageing or collagen loss of the vaginal skin
  • Loss of vaginal elasticity
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • A stretched or loose Vagina after childbirth

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The MonaLisa Touch can treat many of these symptoms if candidates are suitable. Unfortunately, these treatments may not suit all women.

The MonaLisa Touch Vaginal Laser is a revolutionary, non-surgical, “walk in, walk out” 20-minute treatment for vaginal revitalisation, vaginal tightening and loss of elasticity. Moreover, the treatment is practically painless and requires no downtime – something that is likely very important for you.

Most women are perfect candidates for this treatment as it also has an effect on skin revitalisation and rejuvenation by improving the skin’s elasticity and collagen levels.

In addition, it can also help with moisture levels by stimulating the renewal of the processes that diminish with age. Which make this a great treatment for post-menopausal women!

Results may vary from patient to patient, however, Dr Purdon generally recommends three MonaLisa Touch sessions spaced one month apart, with occasional maintenance treatments. While the MonaLisa Touch is a fantastic option for many women, you may not be a candidate for the laser treatments. Traditional Labiaplasty maybe your best option.

When is it time for surgery? How to know the right time for a Labiaplasty or MonaLisa Touch treatment?

You may be one of the many women who choose to undergo a labiaplasty instead of a MonaLisa to alleviate your symptoms. If you are, it’s important to note that while recovery times vary from patient to patient recovery takes approximately six weeks. Patients may begin to experience improvement from their initial discomfort after the 10-day mark. Although this will vary depending on the patient and their specific health condition. 

When it comes time to selecting a surgeon it is important to do your research before finding a plastic surgery practice. You should always look for a Specialist Plastic Surgeon that is FRACS qualified and belongs to professional medical organisations.

Dr Rebecca Wyten, MBBS, FRACS (Plas), our female specialist plastic surgeon, is a talented Melbourne surgeon. She is an expert in a number of plastic surgery procedures including labiaplasty; her focus areas include aesthetic and reconstructive surgery for women.

Dr Rebecca Wyten can help to answer any of your concerns or questions regarding Labiaplasty and Dr Tina Purdon can answer questions about MonaLisa Touch. To schedule a consultation with Dr Wyten or Dr Tina Purdon, call us on 1300 264 811. You can also visit our website to learn more.


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Last updated: 19/11/2020
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Dr Rebecca Wyten - BSc, MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Rebecca Wyten, MBBS, FRACS (Plas), is a Melbourne VIC Female Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Australia. She is very talented in natural looking Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant Surgery), Breast Lift surgery and Breast Reduction, Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Body Contouring with liposuction, Labiaplasty and other cosmetic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures (women only). She is FRACS (Plastic) qualified and has extensive experience and training in New South Wales, Victoria, and has worked alongside some of the world's top Plastic Surgeons whilst in France. Education: Dr Rebecca Wyten BSci, MBBS, FRACS (Plas) graduated in Medicine (MBBS) from the University of Sydney, NSW. She has since dedicated her artisan plastic cosmetic surgery skills to a private practice in Melbourne and Berwick on the Mornington peninsula. Bio Page: https://cocorubyplasticsurgery.com.au/dr-rebecca-wyten/