My Scars from a Labiaplasty from 7 Years Ago Are Now Very Painful. Is There Anything I Can Do Myself?

I had what I considered a successful labiaplasty by my ob/gyn about 7 years ago. Over the past year and a half my scars have become painful to the touch. Sometimes they are fine and sometimes they hurt and sting badly. I try to be more gentle with wiping myself after going to the bathroom because I thought that that was the problem. Now I'm not so sure. I am just perplexed by the fact that they have become so painful after all these years.

Doctor Answers 2

Painful scars

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Painful scars after trimming labiaplasties are not unusual but a seven year delay is unusual. I would try you on some strong cortisone cream. If that doesn't eliminate the pain, then I would probably do a revision of your labiaplasty.  I have published the only medical paper on revision surgery for labiaplasties, which was published in the prestigious journal "Plastic adn Reconstructive Surgery".  I would probably excise the painful scar and reconstruct your labia.  

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Painful labiaplasty scars, 7 years post-op

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Although painful labiaplasty scars, suddenly 7 years after surgery, is very unusual, it is not the first time I have heard of delayed pain.  Depending upon your age and hormone status and age of the scar, it is possible for the scar to atrophy/thin and become more sensitive and even painful.  For these situations, I am currently treating patients with platelet rich plasma (which contains many growth factors) injection to stimulate rejuvenation of the scar and surrounding tissue.  Glad to help... 

Ryan A. Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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