Labiaplasty - finally did it

Day 1: So after years of wanting this but being...

Day 1:
So after years of wanting this but being too afraid/worried, today I finally did it after a few months of planning.

I am literally only a half a day post-op, and still nervous and afraid! But so proud of myself.
I am 29, living in Brisbane Australia, and ever since my early teens I have hated everything about my downstairs. Over the ages of 18-25 I always had boyfriends who never cared, and so I didn't either. Even though I secretly was embarrassed, I never let it ruin intimacy or even think about surgery. It's only in the last 4 years or so I've been single, and really bothered by my appearance. I noticed certain underware and bikinis just show my massive bulge of labia down there! And I suddenly became more conscious choosing things to wear . After a bit of weight loss also I noticed my inner labia actually protude even more because my outer labia lost their plumpness and revealed even more long flaps! Why on earth would you lose weight there?! But yes it ll started becoming much more of an issue for me, and after a few awful relationships with men who would cheat or just disappear, I started wondering about surgery, because sex was becoming a complete nightmare trying to constantly move my huge flaps out of the way.

So after a consultation with Dr Konrat in Annerley, Brisbane, I sourced finance and booked it in for February 26, 2014 (today!). I only went to her and no one else because 1. She is female and all female team. 2. No trim method or cutting which all other surgeons use, she uses her own technique which is natural, safer, and met not take off as much as a trim but I was happy with the before/after pics of her other patients and just felt comfortable with her.

This morning I went in at 8.30am for the labiaplasty, very nervous and scared. I have told none of my friends or family, as I'm just too embarrassed, and I had nobody that could drop me off or pick me up so today was a total strength test in doing this all on my own. Taxi there. Due to not having anyone to pick me up and monitor me at home, I could not have intravenous sedation, I was terrified but had to have only oral sedation (Xanax) and local anaesthetic. Although I was drowsy and couldn't feel anything down there I was awake and conscious during the whole procedure which I am still wondering how on earth I did that! Very proud of myself as I am a very squeemish and nervous person when it comes to anything to do with needles and surgeries! I felt slight pulling but no pain or any of the actual procedure. I just tried to think of other things and being drowsy on Xanax was helpful.

I suppose for the purpose of helping other people, if you are being sent home in the care of a friend/family member then you would be sedated and asleep during the whole process, but if not... I managed and I'm a complete sook!

The procedure took nearly 2 hours, which I honestly thought it only felt like 30 minutes, it went extremely quick , hopefully that was the Xanax impairing my judgement.

It is quite confronting because you are spread eagle, legs in stirrups, allowing all to see right in there and do their adjusting! It is awful at first , but then after a while I just didn't care. Once it started there was no going back so I figured just lay back and let them get those long labia off that I hate so much.

From my understanding laser is used to trim a little excess off. Dr Konrat then pulls the labia down and sews in to a neat line so that you are not actually trimming it all off and it will look more natural. The technique is called The Dove which she developed herself.

After the operation I was monitored in recovery, fed, and the nurses and everyone were really lovely through the whole thing. Long lasting local anaesthetic meant I couldn't feel anything during or after. I went home via taxi an hour later. Still numb and no pain. Way too scared to look! It really took about 5 hours once home for any pain to start coming. As the local wore off I did start feeling some discomfort, and took the meds they gave me (pain/anti-inflam/anti-biotic). I have a cold pack on it which is recommended for 48 hours to help with swelling. I was given an endone (pain/sedative) for tonight to get through the first night which I will take before bed.

I didn't get a before picture myself, but they took pictures. I was too scared to look at it once home and was not keen on taking a pic, but considering I found everybody else's experience and pictures so helpful I took a pic just now, about 7 hours post-op. Eek. Little bit of bleeding. I'm sure the swelling will worsen. But all in all not too scary looking yet. I wish I had taken a before shot as is like to see the final difference when I'm healed. But as an idea, I had quite long protruding inner labia (labia minora), which small and not-very-plump outer labia (labia majora) which did seem to worsen after weight loss. So I feel I just had a exposed inner labia and not much else going on down there.

From what I can see now after surgery, I do wish I had plumper outer labia to get that nice "just a slit" look, as I have a large gap between each side with my inner still visible, but unfortunately my anatomy means not much more could be done. As long as I don't have these long bits hanging, it is a vast improvement. I have added a photo 7hours post op.

I will update my experiences and photos of it is helpful to others, as I found it helpful to me reading other women's experiences and seeing their recovery process.

Day 5

Hi. So I'm on Day 5 after surgery. The first 4 days were great! There was swelling and pain but nothing that tablets and ice couldn't help. I spent time laying down resting and felt much better than expected, so was a bit naughty and yesterday ventured out and spent a few hours on my feet walking around, but I'm not sure this was a good idea. I felt pain and pulling, and had some bleeding, so today I'm horizontal again :( I thought because I felt great for 4 days I was fine. Nope. Being upright for the first time meant all blood and swelling rushed to the area, which is normal, but need to keep taking it easy! Going back to work tomorrow too and have a physical job, so a bit scared, but the swelling and things brought on by being upright in comparison to horizontal are all normal. Can't wait until I can walk without looking funny. Must allow proper healing time! I'm so impatient

Day 7

I'm freaking out a bit still. I'm convinced I've torn something by being too active. I'm still bleeding (days 4 the bleeding started), not huge amounts , but enough that I thought it would have stopped by now. I've tried to have a good look, but it's still quite swollen, and I can't make out how the stitches are meant to look. It's a bit of a mess. There seems to be a spot at the very bottom where most of the stitches are that the bleeding is coming from. I'm off to work again for another 8 hour shift, so I can't do much at this moment except hope for the best .
Still don't regret getting it done.
But I hope I haven't ruined anything down there.
I hope somebody can tell me this is all normal! I bit of bleeding for a few days is ok, isn't it?
I've taken a photo of day 7. The white at the top are the dissolvable stitches. I have black stitches down below, which is where the bleeding seems to be coming from.
I'm pretty annoyed at my anatomy, I have zero outer lips, just all inner, and they will always be visible no matter what. Vast improvement though , originally those inner lips were as long as a drive to nanna's house! I hope it all looks better than this eventually
Dr Konrat

The whole experience, doctor, and nurses were all lovely and supportive and made you feel safe and comfortable. Too early for end result opinion yet! But happy with the process so far

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Hey BrisGirl, you are pretty brave having to do this without any help, but you're listening to your body and not overdoing it. It sounds like you had an excellent surgery, and I'm sure you will look better every day. Maybe after several months of healing you may want to ask your doctor what she would think of fat injections in the labia majoris? That would fill them up with your own body fat, so no rejections. They do fat transfers here in the States from the belly to the face with good results. However, take your time in healing up completely first, because you might be more pleased with the end result. I have considered the surgery as well, but I'm older, and the money is an issue.... Can you get your 'before' pics from your doctor? It's always helpful to compare the before and afters, also for yourself. You're in are thoughts and I'm sure your recovery will go smoothly. :)
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Hi BrisGirl, how are you doing now? I am thinking of getting the surgery done too. Also with Dr. Konrat. How is your recovery going?
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Hey how is your healing? I had a labiaplasty and then a revision in Pertgh and I am now looking at having a 3rd (nighmare) revision with Dr Konrat. I should be flying over to Brissy for the procedure in June, excited! Hope you are well
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Hey! Oh so you are flying over for this? Sounds like a nightmare I'm so sorry you've had this awful experience :( Look I'm a bit undecided whether I'm happy or not . It's been a month now. I did have an infection set in and this was the cause of all the bleeding and I did go back and they told me not to worry, just take anitbiots. But what's happened now is where the infection was has not healed nicely together and there is a gap and it looks yucky and feels hard. I'm hoping it will heal more and look better, but it's been quite stressful :( I'm not sure whether I'm happy yet. But if this is your 3rd go, then I'm sure you will be well looked after and it will be fixed.
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Hey again Brisgirl. So I had the surgery yesterday with Dr Konrat, she was amazing! This surgery has been the best so far (3rd times a charm!) I feel great and have had no pain medication so far. I am here in Brisbane for the next couple of weeks to recover. How are you going? did you end up pleased with your outcome? I hope so : )
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hey brisgirl, how is your healing coming along?
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Hey, how did work go, I read your update just now and was worried because I did the exact same thing, on my feet to fast and pulled a stich. Are you ok?
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Ah oh no! Yes that's what I'm worried about, pulling stitches :/ I just finished an 8 hour shift on my feet, and i am sore, but ok. Ive had quite a lot of bleeding the last 2 days I was so worried. It has stopped now though. Work wasn't unbearable , but I definately feel it! And everyone is asking why I'm walking funny :(
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Well I am glad you are ok, but really  -  you need to be careful, if you feel stress at work take a break. 

Have a great day! 
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Tell them you had a long run and you're sore :). Let them know it always hits a couple days after (and it does for me). Hang in there girl, only one way to go...
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your health is the most important, girl!!!
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Thanks for sharing. I am due to have mine done in Sydney on 3 June. Pretty much the same reason why you had it done. Also have not to anyone and won't be, this is such a great site to share our experiences . Wishing you a pain free recovery x
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Thankyou for your comment. It's such a soul-strengenthing experience to do this without telling anybody! If we can do this, we can do anything. Mind you if I had somebody I was comfortable enough to have told, I would have, as it would make it much easier having some support, but the pride you feel in doing it solo is also a very maturing experience! We ladies are tough :) and yes that's why this site is great, to have some support and know there are others going through exactly the same. You will be fine! Good luck with your surgery! Keep us posted on how you're going and I think the main thing is allow a week of taking it easy, as swelling gets worse and not better if you don't rest! I learnt this yesterday after doing too much on day 4.
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What an amazing story! Thank you so much sharing. It's so honest, vunerable and thoughtful for you to share with everybody who will be researching. Please do keep us posted on your healing both mental and physical. We are all here to support you. You're never alone...
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If you stayed away from the Trim I am sure you will be good. Hugs!
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Congrats on doing something for yourself that will make you feel more comfortable in your own skin. I related to every word you wrote, I had the procedure done many moons ago ( apox 16 years) it was not pleasant...and you are so brave to opt for local, no way I could have done that! You did this all on your own, are a trooper...I am glad everything went well and your doctor sounds amazing. This is the first I have heard of her technique and I am excited to see your final results. Do you know if your doctor took a before picture she could share with you? 

You take good care, lots of rest, lots of water and healthy food for healing. Keep us posted :) 
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Thankyou Eva :) Day 3 now and a bit more swelling and pain. Looks really awful and yucky so I'm going to try to not look at it for a while I think! 16 years ago is quite a long time, how old were you when you got it? Was it a common procedure back then?
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I was around 27. It was never spoken of at all...I had no idea it could be done. I remember going out with my very best friend and I opened up to her (lol no pun intended) and I asked her if the extra skin was normal because mine seemed so awkward. Her and I were like sisters and she asked to see it, so I showed her (LOL) and she said that she agreed with my concern and suggested I go see a Doctor as she recalled reading something about this. When I saw my Doctor she was not shocked at all by my question, she was glad I came in. She booked me in for a consult with the Specialist. I was so relieved to find out that I was not the only one, and I remember telling my husband that I felt like I wasn't so abnormal and that other women have this issue as well. We never had resources such as this site back in those times. Have you seen the movie called "The Perfect Vagina"?
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No I haven't seen the movie, I shall look it up! I was too embarrassed to even tell any of my friends, so you are braver than me in that respect! I've kept this all to myself, so thank goodness for places like this because you do feel so alone. I don't think there's anything wrong with having large labia , perhaps if I was happily married or had a nice boyfriend atleast I wouldn't have considered getting it done so much. I think I got in my head that the reason I couldn't keep a guy was because it was so awful down there, and sex is just a nightmare. Seeing the neat and perfect vaginas in the media/sexual industry does not help us women at all. I thankful atleast there are options. Do it or don't do it! I think I'll be much much happier not having to lug around so much excess parts haha. It really is an area that is sensitive enough without having to feel like it's wrong! Sometimes I wish I was born a guy. I really really do. Thankyou for writing to me it's nice to have some support as I'm sitting st home going insane from boredom and impatience waiting for the darn thing to heal! So far so good I have had an ok first few days
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