Labiaplasty Surgeon in Perth, Australia 

The size, color, and shape of a woman’s labia can vary widely among women and change due to childbirth or due to aging. Women’s genitals can vary widely in appearance and can even change as a woman ages. There’s no single “normal” way a vagina should look. A survey performed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2012 found that male and female expectations about attractiveness varied, with women expecting a more groomed look with shorter labia, and men preferring longer labia with less particularity.

However, women may sometimes feel self-conscious if their labia are longer or larger than they would like, or if their labia are asymmetrical. Women can sometimes also experience physical discomfort if their labia are too large. This can create intimacy concerns, or may even make it difficult for women to engage in normal life activities, like biking or exercise. Labiaplasty Perth is a surgical procedure performed on the labia major or labia minor or both (either the larger or smaller vaginal lips) to change the size or shape of the labia, usually making them smaller or correcting asymmetries between the lips. These folds of skin surrounding the human vulva largely determine how a woman’s vagina will look.

Women seek cosmetic labia surgery for a variety of reasons. Women with congenital conditions may seek labiaplasty to correct for birth defects. Other women, without congenital conditions may seek out labiaplasty due to physical discomfort, or out of a desire to make their genitals appear more attractive. A 2011 article in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reported that patient satisfaction following labiaplasty surgery is around between 90 and 95%. A 2009 article in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology also found patient satisfaction following the surgery to be excellent. Dr. Paul Quinn has years of experience as a plastic surgeon and understands the factors necessary to complete a successful labiaplasty procedure. He places patient satisfaction as his primary goal.

Labiaplasty: An Increasingly Popular Procedure 

Between 2000 and 2011, labiaplasty requests have increased three-fold. Associate Professor Meredith Temple-Smith at the University of Melbourne’s Department of General Practice explains that the increased trend may be due to common popular beliefs about how a vagina should look. Young women surveyed believed that a hairless vulva with no visible labia minora was the ideal appearance. Labiaplasty is often performed on the inner labia and can often reduce women’s discomfort with their appearance. In Ontario alone, 12 plastic surgeons together have performed hundreds of labiaplasties in just the last year alone. U.S. doctors also reported that they performed 44% more labiaplasties between 2012 and 2013. Labiaplasty rates went up more in 2013 than any other type of plastic surgery. The surgery has also been promoted by celebrities and the media.

Women choose labiaplasty surgery for many different reasons. Some choose to undergo the surgery to alleviate the physical discomfort that may be caused by longer labia. Many women who elect to undergo labiaplasty actually elect to undergo the surgery for medical reasons, like physical discomfort. Athletes, like bikers, may choose to have the procedure to reduce their physical discomfort symptoms, allowing them to enjoy normal life activities. Other women choose to have the surgery for aesthetic reasons. Some women simply do not feel attractive due to changes their labia may have undergone following childbirth or aging. Labiaplasty is increasingly becoming part of the “mommy makeover” trend. Dr. Paul Quinn is a cutting-edge plastic surgeon who takes the time to work with each patient, determine each patient’s needs, and ensure surgical success along with a quick recovery.

How Long is the Recovery Period? 

Labiaplasty can take as little as 30 minutes to complete and many patients can drive themselves home the same day. Complications like infection, bleeding, scarring, and pain are rare. Prior to undergoing the procedure, women should evaluate their expectations and their reasons for having the surgery. Women with reasonable expectations in good health are excellent candidates for the surgery. Women should also be aware that “normal” labia appearance varies greatly among individuals. When researchers from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital measured women’s labia, they found a great deal of variation. Despite this, labiaplasty can have physical and emotional benefits for the right patients. Seeking the expertise of an experienced plastic surgeon to perform the procedure is critical. Dr. Paul Quinn is an award-winning plastic surgeon in Perth, Australia who takes the time to assess each patient’s needs and help determine the best aesthetic and medical course of action. Contact Dr. Paul Quinn’s office today to learn more about what labiaplasty can do to improve your physical health and self-esteem.

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