Between 2000 – 2016 Professor Ashton was Head of Plastic Surgery at The Royal Women’s Hospital. Within this capacity he set up a breast reconstruction service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he was also Head of Plastic Surgery. Professor Ashton also set up a gynaecological reconstructive service, addressing perineal, vaginal and labial soft tissue defects after cancer removal. This service also addressed correction of botched labiaplasty surgery performed by surgeons outside of the Women’s Hospital.
What is Labiaplasty Surgery?
Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure in which the labia minora are modified or adjusted. This is usually because of a congenital asymmetry or irregularly in the labia minora so that one labia is of a different size or shape to the other.
What is involved with labiaplasty surgery?
Labiaplasty Surgery involves being admitted to hospital and having the surgery performed under a general anaesthetic with local anaesthetic infiltration.
This is normally done as a day case although some patients stay overnight.
Recovery from Labiaplasty
The wounds are sutured using very fine dissolving sutures, which dissolve by themselves over the four to five days following surgery.
Following Labiaplasty surgery, it is important that you keep the area clean and dry. You are able to bathe in lukewarm to warm water and able to use mild soaps. We would recommend, however, that you gently towel the area with a clean towel after bathing and that you use a hair dryer on the lowest heat setting to further dry the area after surgery.
It is important that you refrain from tight fitting underwear and particularly avoid nylon or synthetic fibre under-garments. We would recommend that you refrain from heavy exercise for 6 weeks after surgery.
If you would like to make an appointment with Prof Mark Ashton to discuss labiaplasty surgery please call 8560 0590.