Some women may feel unhappy with the shape of their labia, especially if they are uneven (asymmetrical), long or slightly bulky. The causes of large labia can be related to genetics, pregnancy/childbirth or ageing. The trend for more extreme pubic grooming (e.g. Brazilians) also leaves the labia more exposed and can emphasise their appearance, which many women consequently wish to shape.
For some women, having large labia can become a significant issue. It can impact on your daily life and at times cause pain during intercourse. It can cause considerable distress during ordinary activities like riding a bike, or when wearing tight-fitting clothes like athletic pants, swimwear or underwear. It can also impact negatively on your self-confidence, particularly regarding your sex life.
Your consultation with Dr Timms will cover everything you need to know about labiaplasty specific to your circumstances, including the way the procedure is performed. Your desired result is central to the process, and he will shape your procedure and care plan around an outcome which is both safe and realistic for you. You may also have the opportunity to view photos of previous patients (non-identifiable) to compare before and after results, and to ensure that you are at ease with your decision.
You will wake after your surgery with dressings over your surgical site/s. Depending on the nature of the procedure you may also wake up with drainage tubes coming from your surgical site. These are removed with little discomfort when Dr Timms feels they are ready to be removed after your surgery. Nurses looking after you are trained to ensure that your recovery is smooth and that you are as comfortable as possible postoperatively. Our clinic nurse is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have whether you are recovering at home or within the hospital setting.
Dr Timms undertakes regular ward rounds, so he will be monitoring you very closely postoperatively.
Your anaesthetist will have prescribed medication for you to keep you comfortable – you will have pain relief medication prescribed for you for discharge also.
An appointment will be made for you to be reviewed by Dr Timms nurse in the rooms 7-10 days after your surgery. This appointment is usually arranged for you at your consultation appointment with Dr Timms. Sometimes it is arranged by the nursing staff that discharge you from hospital. This depends on the nature of your procedure and the duration of your stay in hospital.
A soft surgical grade compression garment is usually indicated for breast, body and some facial procedures. These garments are to be worn for 24/7 for six weeks and can be removed for showering. These are specialised garments and we will advise you where to purchase these garments, how to wear the garments and what type you require when you book your procedure with Dr Timms. Many garments are claimable via your private health insurance depending on your level of cover and whether your procedure is medical or cosmetic.
You will need to be prepared to avoid driving for a period of anywhere between 1-3 weeks post surgery. The duration of this time depends on the nature of your surgery, medications you are taking for pain relief and your level of confidence behind the wheel post-surgery. It is advisable that you refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 6 weeks.
Most activities can be recommenced after your 6 week review with Dr Timms.