Can My Labia Be Repaired After a Botched Labiaplasty?

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A botched labiaplasty describes surgical outcomes ranging from dissatisfaction due to insufficient tissue removal or asymmetry to excessive tissue removal and disfigurement.

If you are unhappy with the results of an initial labiaplasty, there is a good chance your botched labiaplasty can be successfully repaired if you have the right plastic surgeon.

What Are the Leading Causes of Poor Labiaplasty Results?

All labiaplasty surgery requires skilled, steady hands and experience. Doctors performing this procedure without these qualities are often the reason women seek labia revision.

However, complications or non-compliance with post-surgical instructions during recovery can also lead to poor labiaplasty results.

How to Avoid Unsatisfactory Labiaplasty Results

To reduce your risk of experiencing a botched labiaplasty, your choice of surgeon is key. When choosing a surgeon, don’t think about convenience or low prices as a selling point; they are usually red flags.

Labiaplasty is a delicate and complex operation. When it comes to this surgery, you will likely get what you pay for, so it’s crucial to consult only with surgeons who have the training, experience, and skill to increase the likelihood of a successful and satisfying outcome.

Your labiaplasty surgeon should perform this surgery regularly, not just on occasion, so be sure to ask about this.

How Hard Is it to Repair the Labia After Labiaplasty Goes Wrong?

When a patient is unhappy with an initial labiaplasty and undergoes a second procedure to correct the problem, this is called labiaplasty revision.

When labiaplasty revision is performed to remove additional tissue or balance asymmetrical labia edges, the level of difficulty is relatively low.

When too much tissue is removed, labiaplasty revision becomes more challenging because the labia must be reconstructed.

When Should I Consider Labiaplasty Revision?

After having labiaplasty, the first thing to do is follow all your surgeon’s instructions during recovery, get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water.

Engaging in sexual activity before your surgeon clears you will adversely affect your results, as will smoking or using nicotine products of any kind.

There will be swelling and bruising, and your results will not be final for up to five months.

If, after that time, you see or feel any of the following, you may need labiaplasty revision:

  • Asymmetry - Uneven vaginal lips
  • Numbness - A partial or complete loss of sensation
  • DIscomfort - Irritation when walking, pain during sex, or other uncomfortable sensations
  • Persistent protrusion - Inner vaginal lips (labia minora) still protrude past the outer lips (labia majora)
  • Other visible defects - Scalloped edges, completely absent labia tissue, and other obvious aesthetic issues

Even if you experience any of the above issues, a qualified plastic surgeon will require you to wait between five and six months before performing a labiaplasty revision. This delay provides the labia more time to heal and additional potential tissue growth to continue.

Your Beverly Hills, CA, Labiaplasty Revision Specialist

Dr. Gary Alter is an international expert on labiaplasty and labiaplasty revision, who has repaired countless botched labiaplasties in Beverly Hills and New York. He has invented many of the techniques used to revise and reconstruct labia minora and has published these techniques in the plastic surgical literature.

Dr. Alter is now accepting new patients seeking labiaplasty revision in Beverly Hills. Call his team at (310) 275-5566 is eager to answer your questions or schedule a consultation.

Patients In New York City who have labiaplasty revision questions or concerns, please call (212) 321-0749.

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