What Can Go Wrong In Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications, although they are generally rare when performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon. Some potential complications of labiaplasty include:

  1. Bleeding: Excessive bleeding during or after surgery is a risk, although this is often managed during the procedure and in the immediate post-operative period.
  2. Infection: Any surgical procedure carries a risk of infection. Surgeons take precautions to minimize this risk, such as sterile technique and prescribing antibiotics post-operatively when necessary.
  3. Scarring: While efforts are made to minimize scarring, any surgical procedure can result in scar formation. Scarring can sometimes be more noticeable or problematic than anticipated.
  4. Pain and discomfort: After labiaplasty, some degree of pain, swelling, and discomfort is normal. However, in some cases, this can be more severe than expected or persist longer than anticipated.
  5. Asymmetry or irregularity: Achieving perfect symmetry in any surgical procedure can be challenging. There is a risk of asymmetry or irregularity in the appearance of the labia following surgery.
  6. Numbness or altered sensation: Some patients may experience temporary or permanent changes in sensation in the genital area after surgery. This can include numbness or heightened sensitivity.
  7. Wound healing problems: In some cases, the incisions made during labiaplasty may not heal properly, leading to delayed wound healing, wound breakdown, or even tissue loss in severe cases.
  8. Functional issues: Labiaplasty can potentially affect sexual function, although this is rare. Changes in sensation or scarring could impact sexual pleasure or comfort for some individuals.
  9. Psychological effects: While many patients report increased satisfaction with the appearance of their genitalia following labiaplasty, there is a risk of dissatisfaction or psychological distress if the results do not meet expectations.

It’s important for individuals considering labiaplasty to thoroughly discuss the procedure, risks, and potential complications with a qualified surgeon to make an informed decision. Additionally, following pre-operative and post-operative instructions can help minimize the risk of complications and promote optimal healing.

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Dr Richard Young

Dr. Richard Young is a board certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon

As one of the nation’s leading innovators in aesthetic surgery of the face, hand, breast and body, and a pioneer of reconstructive surgery and stem cell procedures, Dr. Richard Young is certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

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