Reconstructive Labiaplasty

Reconstructive labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that is performed to restore the appearance and function of the labia minora (the inner folds of skin surrounding the vaginal opening) or labia majora (the outer folds of skin) following injury, trauma, congenital anomalies, or previous surgery. Unlike cosmetic labiaplasty, which is primarily performed for aesthetic reasons, reconstructive labiaplasty focuses on addressing functional and structural issues.

Here are some common reasons for reconstructive labiaplasty:

  1. Trauma or Injury: Reconstructive labiaplasty may be necessary to repair damage to the labia minora or labia majora caused by accidents, childbirth injuries, or other forms of trauma.
  2. Congenital Anomalies: Some individuals are born with congenital abnormalities of the labia, such as labial hypertrophy (excessively large labia) or labial agenesis (underdeveloped or absent labia). Reconstructive surgery can help correct these issues.
  3. Complications from Previous Surgery: In some cases, individuals may experience complications or dissatisfaction with the results of previous labiaplasty procedures, and reconstructive surgery may be necessary to address these concerns.
  4. Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as lichen sclerosus, can cause scarring and discomfort in the genital area. Reconstructive labiaplasty may be performed to alleviate symptoms and improve the overall quality of life.

The specific surgical techniques used in reconstructive labiaplasty will depend on the individual’s unique circumstances and goals. The surgeon will carefully assess the patient’s anatomy and discuss their expectations to determine the most appropriate approach. Common techniques may include tissue repair, reconstruction of the labia, and scar revision.

It’s essential for individuals considering reconstructive labiaplasty to consult with a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon or gynecologist who specializes in this procedure. A thorough evaluation and discussion of the patient’s medical history and goals will help determine whether reconstructive labiaplasty is the right course of action and what specific techniques are most suitable.

Reconstructive labiaplasty is typically covered by insurance when performed for medical or functional reasons, but coverage may vary depending on the specific circumstances and insurance policies. It’s important to verify coverage with the insurance provider and to work closely with the healthcare team to ensure the best possible outcome from the procedure.

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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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