Can a Torn Labia After Childbirth be Repaired?
I have helped many women who have had their labia minora torn during childbirth with repair. Sometimes the tear is due to a failed episiotomy, a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth which helps aid a difficult delivery and ideally prevents rupture of tissues. Other times, the labia minora may tear spontaneously during delivery, causing a jagged edge or even a separation anteriorly from the frenulum (skin attachment) of the clitoris. All of these tears can be repaired, but I recommend waiting at least 3-6 months after delivery for the scars to soften before proceeding with surgical repair. The repair can be done with local anesthesia or general anesthesia (while asleep). When performed by a well-trained and experienced labiaplasty surgeon, the repair is often successful. Since the best time to get a proper repair is the first time, be sure to consult with an experienced labiaplasty plastic surgeon before proceeding.