Radiofrequency Revision of Labiaplasty

Radiofrequency Resurfacing for Primary & Revision Labiaplasty

Radiofrequency resurfacing is proving to be a successful revision technique following failed labiaplasty & for sutureless labiaplasty in the right candidate.


Labiaplasty and complications due to poor surgical technique

A growing number of women are seeking elective labiaplasty, a plastic surgery performed on the labia majora (large outer lips flanking the vaginal opening) and/or labia minora (small inner lips). Unfortunately, not all patients are achieving their desired results.

Labiaplasty is often done for cosmetic reasons – usually to change labia size or shape – but the procedure may also help alleviate pain experienced during intercourse or reduce pain and friction occurring with exercise or when wearing tight clothing.

Labiaplasty and complications due to poor surgical technique

Most labiaplasty procedures involve the labia minora. A variety of surgical techniques may be used to alter the size or shape of the inner lips of the labia, including:

  • Trimming –the excess labia tissue is surgically trimmed and re-stitch in a straight line
  • Wedge – a V-shaped wedge is removed from the middle third of the labia and the upper and lower edges are then stitched back together
  • Modified wedge – sometimes called an extended cut labiaplasty, this technique is similar to the wedge, but the incision is extended all the way to the clitoral hood

Unfortunately, not all surgical labiaplasty procedures produce satisfactory results. When an unqualified or inexperienced surgeon attempts to perform the complicated surgery, the outcome can be physically and psychologically damaging. Potential complications that can occur as a result of labiaplasty include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Delayed healing
  • Asymmetry
  • Over or under correction of the initial problem

Radiofrequency resurfacing to revise labiaplasty

The portions of the labia that have been removed cannot be replaced, but radiofrequency resurfacing may improve the appearance and reduce painful scarring that remains after a less than adequate labiaplasty.

Radiofrequency resurfacing is done through the use of a device that emits low power, high frequency energy currents to repair labial damage. It has been shown to be effective in cases where healing has been compromised following labiaplasty. The cutting-edge surgical technique can also be used to smooth rough surfaces and uneven edges, remove overgrowth of labial tissue, and seal small blood vessels in the labia.

The success of radiofrequency resurfacing revision following failed labiaplasty has experts investigating whether the technique might be appropriate for initial labiaplasty procedures.

Before undergoing labiaplasty or other surgical procedures, investigate your surgeon’s level of training and experience. Ask to see before and after photos of procedures personally performed by the surgeon. Avoid shopping for the lowest price or taking a chance on an inexperienced gynecologic surgeon.


Before & After Photos

Before & After