Dr Georgina Konrat, medical director and cosmetic doctor at Brisbane Cosmetic Clinic, has developed the DOVE technique for labiaplasty surgery. Click here for more information on this innovative technique. (Please provide a link to the second in my series of articles – and remove this sentence from the text.)
When considering labiaplasty surgery, it’s critical to have a full discussion, including examination, with the doctor. This is the most intimate of surgeries, and a woman must feel comfortable with her doctor. The consultation will happen in a relaxed and comfortable environment and you will be given the opportunity to ask any question you have, and also to voice any concerns and worries.
Dr Konrat always encourages prospective patients to take notes, which they can then review later. Prior to surgery, you will have a range of blood tests. You will be encouraged to start eating Kellogs Guardian Flakes to ensure you have easy bowel movements before and for three weeks after the surgery.
As with any cosmetic surgery, confidential photographs will be taken before the surgery so you have a reference. Dr Konrat makes special markings on your anatomy that will guide her while reshaping the area.
Labiaplasty surgery is normally performed under twilight anaesthetic in a day surgery environment. Twilight anaesthetic means that you are sedated and the area to be operated on has local anaesthetic applied to it. This is done first of all with an local anaesthetic cream to make the sensitive area numb, then long-lasting local anaesthetic injections are used.
The DOVE technique produces a very delicate result with little evidence that the labia have been altered. The technique takes longer than other labiaplasty techniques because of the delicate, painstaking work involved. However, the results justify the additional time taken.
Because the vulval area is so delicate, patients can expect to be quite uncomfortable for the first twenty-four hours after surgery. However, pain medication will be prescribed, and many patients find that ice packs help reduce pain, swelling and inflammation.
Dr Konrat advises wearing a mini tampon to keep the area clean for a week after surgery, and you will be prescribed antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. As with all surgery, you should call the clinic if you sense there is something amiss with your recovery.
Rest, loose clothing and a gradual return to activity will all contribute to a safe and speedy recovery. Dr Konrat comments that as with any surgery, the more closely you follow your doctor’s advice, the easier your recovery will be. To to book a confidential discussion with Dr Konrat, please call 07 3391 5710.