I had labia surgery to correct an enlarged labia and have a small problem. Please help!
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Photos would be helpful
Dear Ms Wright:
Before pursuing please do you due diligence. As you probably figured out surgeons are not created equal. Just because a surgeon is board certified doesn't mean he/she is a great cosmetic vaginal / labia surgeon. Choose a surgeon who a portion of his/her site dedicated to botched labiaplasties. I have performed dozens of revision labiaplasties on botched labias in the past. I agree with others on this post it may not be the labia that needs to be revised per se but instead the scar tissue pulling on the labia then again it might be the labia was treated too aggressively . Your next surgery is going to be the best chance for restoration. Choose your surgeon wisely and do not let costs, travel or convenience dictate your decision.
John R Miklos MD
Atlanta ~ Beverly Hills ~ Dubai
As the inventor and innovator of the wedge technique in 1994, I reconstruct many women who have had labia reductions by other surgeons, both wedge and trimming techniques. Your present dissatisfaction may be due to swelling or the specifics of the wedge technique used by your surgeon. The reconstruction technique depends on the deformity. However, no attempt to revise your labia should be done until you are at least five months after your past procedure as your appearance will improve, and the swelling will be less. You need to control your anxiety and wait. The reconstruction is more difficult than a primary labiaplasty and should be done by a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in labia reconstruction. I published the first and most extensive paper on labia reconstruction in the prestigious journal "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery" about two years ago. You may need various reconstructive techniques to give you a good appearance, but this won't be known until all the swelling is gone. You only get one good chance to reconstruct you, so be patient and ask a lot of questions.
Gary J. Alter, M.D.
Beverly Hills, CA - Manhattan, NYC
Not a simple issue
You really need an in-office exam by an experienced labiaplasty surgeon to figure your options here. You might just have been over-resected (too much taken away.)
John Di Saia MD
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Post a photo for specific comments about your options
The prospects for successful correction of your problem depend upon what the area looks like. A photo would give more info.
From what you describe, there may have been slightly more tissue excised from one side. This is typically not a functional problem, as asymmetries are very common. If the asymmetry is more severe or the resection took the complete labia, that can be problematic. My advice would be to follow up with your surgeon to discuss your options. If you are uncomfortable or unable to return to your surgeon, I would recommend that you schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with revision labiaplasty procedures. These can be quite complicated at times. I would not recommend any home remedies. Best wishes to you!
Thank you for your question. It is challenging to answer your question without photographs. I would recommend evaluation by an experienced reconstructive cosmetic genital surgeon even if that requires traveling.
Best of luck.
Jeffrey S. Palmer, MD, FACS, FAAP (Cosmetic Urologist -- Cleveland, Ohio)
I had labia surgery to correct an enlarged labia and have a small problem. Please help
Thank you for sharing your question. Unfortunately without a full series of photographs it is difficult to offer definite advice and I would return to your surgeon for an in-person evaluation. Swelling should not have caused an infolding as those tissues are soft and pliable, and it would be more common that either a suturing, scarring, or resection issue has taken place. Hope this helps.
Why am I having issues after labiaplasty?
Sorry you are having problems. I hope your results now are better when you started. It sounds like you have some scarring on the one side that is retracting your labia. Photos would help in order to be more specific. Likely you will need a revision to make things better. This should not be as uncomfortable as your original surgery but you will still need to decrease activity and refrain from sexual activity. Send some photos for a more specific response. Good luck!
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