My Vagina Is Lopsided After Labiaplasty. What Can I Do?

Pink fabric is folded to look like an asymmetrical vagina.

Are you unhappy with the results of your labiaplasty because you feel it now looks uneven?

Asymmetry is a common result of a botched labiaplasty and can be distressing, to say the least, especially after making the investment and going through the procedure and recovery.

Fortunately, an experienced and highly skilled labiaplasty revision specialist can often correct this complication.

Evaluating Your Labiaplasty Expectations

Labiaplasty is often sought because the inner or outer lips of the vagina appear to be uneven, so when a surgeon fails to achieve this goal, it’s natural to feel disappointed.

However, keep in mind that even the most appealing labia are never perfectly symmetrical, and you should expect some minor variations when comparing each side.

Give Yourself Time to Heal

Do not judge your labiaplasty until you are fully healed, as swelling can obscure your true results. During your recovery, follow all post-surgical instructions closely, as doing so will help you heal better.

What Causes Asymmetry After Labiaplasty?

There are two main reasons for labia asymmetry after undergoing labiaplasty surgery.

  1. Surgical Errors

    Cosmetic surgeons who only occasionally perform this delicate genital surgery may not have the skill and experience needed for your ideal results.

    You want to find a specialist who regularly performs genital surgery, including labiaplasty, and is, at the very least, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons.

    A less experienced surgeon may not remove enough tissue from either side of your labia, or worse, they may take too much. Either way, you can end up dissatisfied with your labiaplasty outcome and find yourself searching for a specialist to even out your labial lips or rebuild them.

  2. Complications During Recovery

    Problems with healing that may include excessive bleeding, swelling, or infection can impact your results.

    Engaging in strenuous exercise or sexual activity earlier than instructed can also affect your outcome, as can smoking before and after surgery.

    Even taking aspirin or NSAIDs can interfere with healing. Be sure to call your surgeon at the first sign of a problem so they can examine you or advise you of the proper steps to take to prevent a small issue from becoming a big problem.

Expert Labiaplasty Revision in Beverly Hills, CA

Dr. Gary Alter has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Urology. He has decades of experience performing countless labiaplasty and labiaplasty revision surgeries in Beverly Hills, California.

Labiaplasty Revision Specialist in New York City

Dr. Alter is a well-known and highly respected labiaplasty revision specialist who also offers his services in New York, NY.

Dr. Alter invented the wedge technique in 1995. This technique is called the Alter labiaplasty or the “V” technique.

He designed the central wedge technique to reduce the labia minora while preserving its normal appearance and the anatomy of the labia and labial edge.

It also helps to prevent over-removal and involves less post-operative discomfort compared to the trim method when performed properly, but it does require more skill.

Dr. Alter has also published many of his innovative reconstruction techniques in the journal “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,” including making labia minora from excess clitoral hood skin. This is the only paper on reconstructive labiaplasty surgical techniques.

Learn More About Labiaplasty in Beverly Hills, CA

Have more questions? Call us to learn more about labiaplasty and labiaplasty revision at (310) 275-5566 in Beverly Hills or (212)-321-0749 in New York, and check out our frequently asked questions page here.