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Is Your Labiaplasty Scar Giving You Trouble?4 min read

Is Your Labiaplasty Scar Giving You Trouble?
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When opting for a labiaplasty, we anticipate the results will bring us comfort, enhanced aesthetics, and confidence. Yet, for some women, the post-surgery journey isn’t always as smooth as hoped, especially when it comes to the scars left behind.

You’re not alone in your concerns. In fact, up 30% of women undergoing cosmetic surgery are unhappy with their scarring at some point in their postoperative journey. (Everaars et al.) 

But here’s a reassuring fact: the vast majority of those concerns can be managed with proper care and choosing the right surgeon!

What Does a Typical Labiaplasty Scar Look Like?

The typical scar tends to be thin and discreet when the labiaplasty procedure is performed by a qualified surgeon. 

Given that the procedure is performed on the labia minora, which naturally have folds and creases, scars often blend into the existing anatomy. In the hands of Dr. Chang and his expert team, these scars are usually positioned within the natural lines of the labia, making them less noticeable. 

As time progresses and the body continues its natural healing process, the scar may fade, becoming even less visible.

How Common is Painful Scar Tissue After Labiaplasty?

For most women, the scar tissue after a labiaplasty is not painful. However, a small percentage of women may experience discomfort due to the formation of thicker scar tissue.

Can Nerve Pain After Labiaplasty Be Attributed to Scar Formation?

The labial region is rich in nerve endings, making it especially sensitive. While post-surgery discomfort is part of the standard recovery process, it is only supposed to be temporary, so any lingering nerve pain needs attention.

Scar tissue can sometimes entrap or put pressure on the surrounding nerves, leading to discomfort or a tingling sensation. 

However, it’s essential to understand that nerve pain isn’t always directly attributed to scar formation. Various factors, such as surgical technique, individual anatomy, and even post-surgical care, can influence the outcome. 

If you experience persistent nerve pain after your procedure, it’s essential to discuss it with your surgeon or a medical professional. They can provide clarity on the cause and recommend appropriate treatments or interventions.

What is the Labiaplasty Recovery Like?

The initial labiaplasty recovery period usually spans a week or two. You might experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, but these are natural parts of the healing process. Cold compresses can provide relief, and wearing loose clothing can reduce irritation. 

One of the primary factors of a successful labiaplasty, or any surgical procedure, is the expertise of the surgeon. With Dr. Chang and his dedicated team, you’re not just opting for a surgical procedure; you’re choosing peace of mind!

Dr. Chang’s vast experience and state-of-the-art techniques significantly reduce the chances of complications, such as poor healing or scarring. His approach ensures that the surgery is tailored to your unique anatomy, preventing many of the common post-operative concerns. But what truly sets Dr. Chang apart is the comprehensive care that extends beyond the operation theater, so you’re supported at every step of your transformative journey!

When Should I Be Concerned About My Healing Process?

While labiaplasty is a relatively straightforward procedure, it’s vital to stay vigilant during recovery. Some temporary discomfort is expected, but there are specific signs that might warrant a call to your surgeon:

  • Severe pain not relieved by prescribed painkillers
  • Unusual or foul-smelling discharge
  • Excessive bleeding or large clots
  • High fever or chills indicating a potential infection

Why Do Some Labiaplasty Stitches Split?

Stitches might split due to increased tension on the wound, sudden movements, or sometimes due to the natural elasticity of the labial tissue. It’s essential to follow post-operative care advice closely — avoiding strenuous activities, refraining from sexual intercourse, and being gentle during personal hygiene routines — to minimize the risk. If you suspect your stitches have split, contact your surgeon immediately.

What are the Signs of Labiaplasty Keloid Scarring?

Keloid scarring, while rare, can occur after surgical procedures, including labiaplasty. Signs to watch for include:

  • A raised scar that keeps growing beyond the initial wound boundaries
  • A scar that appears shiny or feels rubbery
  • Discomfort, itching, or even pain in the scarred area

If you’re concerned about keloid scarring or any irregularities in your scar’s appearance or feel, it’s vital to consult your surgeon for an evaluation and guidance.

Enjoy a Successful Labiaplasty Journey at Aesthetica!

Meet us at 19500 Sandridge Way, Suite 350, Leesburg, VA 20176, or call us at (703) 574-4342 for a complimentary consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang before moving forward with your procedure. Upon approval, our team will help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end. Also, remember to check out our blog and social media for more information on plastic surgery and cosmetic trends!

References

  1. Everaars, Kristel E, et al. “The Impact of Scars on Health-Related Quality of Life after Breast Surgery: A Qualitative Exploration.” Journal of Cancer Survivorship : Research and Practice, Apr. 2021, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7966197/. Access date: 15 August 2023.

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