Labiaplasty Surgery Sydney

Enlarged or protruding Labia Minor (inner vaginal lips) is a concern for many women. They can occur for a number of reasons, including with increasing age, childbirth or often just naturally.

Excessively enlarged labia minor can result in pain, discomfort, clothing issues, relationship concerns and hygiene issues.

Labia Reduction Surgery, or Labiaplasty, is designed to address these issues. During this procedure excess tissue of the Labia Minor is ‘trimmed’ down to a more functional size for that person.

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Dr Eddy Dona has been a specialist plastic surgeon since 2007, and is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. From your first clinic visit, and throughout your surgical journey, Dr Dona and his team will be there to make it as smooth as possible.
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Your Sydney Labiaplasty consultation with Dr Dona

Your first visit to Dr Eddy Dona in Sydney will allow you to discuss any issues you have in relation to genital region. Dr Dona will perform a physical examination to assess and advise you on your options taking into consideration your concerns and expectations.

Preparation for Labiaplasty Surgery

Your complete medical history should be made aware to Dr Dona, fully disclosing all health problems. All relevant details should be disclosed when you fill out your “Patient Registration Form” and during your initial consultation.

Do not take any blood thinning medications such as; aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin, large amounts of vitamins or anti-inflammatory drugs.

You should cease smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, as it increases surgical and anesthetic risks and can lead to serious complications.


What happens during the Labiaplasty Surgical procedure?

Labiaplasty is usually performed in a Private Hospital under general anaesthetic. You will be able to go home the same day as your surgery.

Labiaplasty usually takes one to two hours. The excess and protruding skin is trimmed down to a more functionally and acceptable state as per the pre-operative discussions. All wounds are sutured using dissolving stitches therefore avoiding the need to have any stitches taken out.

Other Genital cosmetic Surgery procedures

There are other various procedures designed to address concerns in the genital region. Here is a brief listing of some of the more common vaginal procedures:


Vaginoplasty is a procedure that is designed to tighten the vagina. The vaginal muscles can become stretched, damaged and weakened after childbirth. This can result in bladder control issues and significant personal and relationship sexual concerns.

Labia Fat Transfer

Labia Fat Transfer involves the removal of fat from one area of the body via liposuction and then the fat is transferred to the outer lips of the Vagina (Labia Major), to enhance the volume.


Hymenoplasty involves the reconstruction of the hymen to restore it to a “virginal” state by repairing any tears in the hymen membrane. This is an operation requested for primarily cultural reasons.

Monsplasty (Pubic Lift)

Many women suffer from an excessively large and full mons/pubic region. This is something which may have developed at a young age, or more often developed over time. The Monsplasty, also referred to as a Pubic Lift , is a surgical procedure designed to remove this unwanted excess skin and fatty tissue in the mons area (upper pubic region). By removing excess fat and tissue in this area, the pubic region is also lifted. It is very common for a pubic lift to be performed as part of an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck).

Non-Surgical Vaginal Lips Filling

Non-Surgical filling of the Labia Majora follows that same principal as Fat Transfer to the Labia Majora, but instead of surgery this is done with the use of dermal fillers (Hyaluronic Acid, a complex sugar found in the body). This adds volume to areas where vaginal lips (Labia Major) have begun to atrophy due to pregnancy, weight loss and/or age.


What Happens During Labiaplasty Recovery?

It is natural for women to feel mild to moderate discomfort and swelling after undergoing Labiaplasty. Routine post-operative medications are provided which includes prophylactic antibiotics and pain relief.

Most discomfort should subside within the first few days or week, however, as pain can vary from patient to patient, some mild discomfort may persist for a couple more weeks.

By four weeks, most of the swelling will have settled.
Women usually return to work and normal activities within a few days to a week, while more strenuous activities will take about three weeks.

What Happens If I’m Menstruating On The Day Of My Surgery?

This is not an issue, and it does not complicate your surgery. After surgery you will be required to wear a sanitary pad for a few days as you can expect some blood spotting from the surgery. Therefore, it does not change anything regarding your surgery or your recovery.

Going To The Toilet And Showering After Surgery

After surgery you should anticipate a slight stinging feeling after you go to the toilet to urinate. This is normal. Simply attend to normal, albeit gentle wiping or patting dry of the area. When it comes to showering, do so normally and simply pat the area dry after a shower. Avoid sitting in a bath for the first couple of weeks, after which time this should no longer be a problem.

What Clothes Can I Wear After Surgery?

First the first couple of weeks after surgery avoid wearing any tight-fitting pants or leggings. Obviously, you want to avoid any significant pressure in the genital region which can cause discomfort and wound concerns.

When Can I Have Sex After Surgery?

You need to avoid any significant pressure and manual handling of the genital region for the first four weeks. Doing so could result in complications and significantly compromise the results of your surgery. After four weeks you can engage in any of your usual sexual practices and simply use your comfort levels to guide you.

When can you expect the final results?

You will immediately notice the loss of the protruding and enlarged labia minora. However, the genital area can become quite swollen, and the final result usually takes at least six weeks to appreciate.

Potential Complications

What are the possible complications?

More information on general potential complications can be found on our site. LEARN MORE 

Whenever someone is having an anaesthetic, no matter what it’s for, then things can potentially go wrong. That is why no surgery should be considered “minor”. Of course, whilst the chances of the following potential problems occurring are extremely small, you still need to know about then:

  • Anaesthetic issues – which can affect heart, lungs or cause strokes
  • Allergic reactions – This can be very mild to life threatening.
  • Clots
    • Superficial vein clots, which is a complication of the cannula or drip that’s placed in your vein
    • Deep vein clots – these can potentially spread to the lung and be life threatening. We do several things during surgery and after surgery whilst you’re in hospital to minimise the risk of you developing these.
  • Wound problems – such as infection and breakdown
  • Bleeding – early or late
  • Death – whilst the chances of this is exceeding rare, any of the previous issues can result in this devastating complication.

All these potential problems are standard for any operation, although some operations and some patients have an increased risk of developing them.

Specific potential complications include:

Asymmetry – mild asymmetry is not uncommon

Pigmentation – some minor changes in pigmentation and texture of the labial edge

Sensory changes – it is very uncommon for any significant sensory changes for a routine labiaplasty


Will Private Health Insurance or Medicare cover costs?

Medicare and Private Health Insurance does not cover genital cosmetic surgery. Some exceptions exist, but these are uncommon. Dr Dona can advise you during your Sydney consultation.

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