Genital piercing, most commonly placed in the inner or outer labia or the clitoral hood, can sometimes tear due to childbirth or other physical trauma. This can cause chronic pain or sensitivity or tenderness. Alternatively, women may change their minds about having a piercing and choose to have the hole surgically repaired or closed. In either case, piercing repair can minimize scarring and restore the piercing site for a more aesthetic appearance.
Dr. Otto Placik is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Chicago and its suburbs who specializes in all types of female genital rejuvenation, including piercing repairs. Dr. Placik has the surgical skill necessary to repair piercing damage in the delicate vaginal tissues so you can feel whole and confident again.
Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on genital piercing repair, including prices.
Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
In terms of piercing, the tissue of the labia and clitoral hood can be likened to the ear lobe, although slightly more delicate. There are a number of reasons why a piercing may split the tissue or piercing holes may become widened. Most often, this occurs due to trauma such as injury, childbirth, or having jewelry catch during intercourse or sexual play. In other cases, the ring or barbell can be inadvertently pulled through the piercing hole, or the weight of the jewelry can expand the hole over time. A tear can alter the appearance of the labial edge or clitoral hood leaving a cleft or split like appearance which women find unacceptable or painful.
For women who change their mind about a piercing performed earlier in life, the healing may have advanced enough that the hole won’t close up on its own even after jewelry is removed. Surgical intervention can correct fully healed, intact piercings that are no longer wanted as well as tearing that’s resulted from a damaged piercing.
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During genital piercing repair, Dr. Placik can restore a torn labia or clitoral hood by resecting and suturing the edges of the tear. Depending on the placement of the original piercing and the extent of the tear, piercing repair may be performed as part of a labiaplasty or clitoral hood reduction.
Typically, Dr. Placik can repair a torn genital piercing using a local anesthetic plus oral sedation if necessary, and the appointment is normally performed as an outpatient procedure. Although the piercing repair itself is a relatively quick surgery, Dr. Placik may recommend additional procedures in order to ensure symmetry that could extend your appointment time.
Women who experience a torn labia or clitoral hood from a genital piercing or who decide that a piercing is no longer wanted can be good candidates for genital piercing repair. Dr. Placik can also repair labia after natural tearing that may occur during childbirth or intercourse.
At your first appointment with Dr. Placik at our office in Chicago or Arlington Heights, Dr. Placik will ask you about your concerns as well as your hopes for surgery. A physical exam may be required to determine the extent of the damage and to evaluate the best approach to use during repair.
The cost for genital piercing repair will vary somewhat depending on the extent of correction required and whether additional procedures are included at the same time. In addition to Dr. Placik’s surgical fee, your total costs will include the anesthesiologist’s fee and the charge for the surgical facility. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.
Genital piercing repair is a fairly straightforward procedure that can be performed in about an hour, although the exact length of time depends on many different factors. You may feel sore and swollen initially after surgery, and will have to take care to keep the incisions clean and cared for. Discomfort can usually be alleviated through the use of cold packs and over-the-counter medication, although Dr. Placik may write you a prescription for pain medication as well. In most cases, surgery in the vaginal area tends to heal quickly, so you can expect to get back to your normal daily routine within a week or so and resume sexual activity after about 6 weeks. Dr. Placik will give you more detailed information about your surgery and recovery at your consultation.
Although repairing a torn genital piercing can deliver very positive results, it’s important to remember that the goal is improvement rather than perfection. Dr. Placik will make every effort to correct existing scarring and ensure that any necessary incisions are placed as skillfully as possible. For most women, the trade-off of potential small scars after surgery is worth undergoing the tissue repair.
Like any surgery, there are some potential risks involved with genital piercing repair such as infection, bleeding or scarring. If a former piercing resulted in problems like keloid scarring, there is a possibility of recurrence. In some cases, pigmentation and sensation changes may develop after surgery, but this is considered rare.
Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about repairing genital piercing, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.
To meet with Dr. Placik, you can request a consultation online or call our Arlington Heights office at 847-398-1660 or our Chicago office at 312-787-5313 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you look your very best.
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