Labiaplasty, Vaginoplasty & Vaginal Rejuvenation

There are a number of reasons why a woman has cosmetic surgery on her vagina and not all are cosmetic.  A labiaplasty for example, can be for health and hygiene reasons or to deal with chronic pain and even tearing of the labia. 

Procedures such as vaginal rejuvenation can increase a woman’s self-confidence following childbirth, aging or significant weight-loss.  Having a vaginoplasty can help if a woman has suffered a genital prolapse or has a short urethra.

Labiaplasty, vaginoplasty & vaginal rejuvenation surgeries however, are not without risks and because the procedure is done on such a sensitive, intimate area of the body, if mistakes are made, the consequences can be devastating.

Making a claim for compensation can provide the necessary funds to repair the physical and mental damage caused by a botched labiaplasty, vaginoplasty & vaginal rejuvenation procedure.

Vaginal Rejuvenation

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Vaginal rejuvenation usually combines vaginoplasty (“tightening” of the vagina) and/or labiaplasty or vulvaplasty (reshaping of the vulva or labia, the outer and inner lips of the vagina).

The procedure, which involves vaginal reconstruction, can correct the contours of your vaginal structure if it has been altered by childbirth or age and/or help with the pain often associated with enlarged labia.

What are the Risks of Vaginal Rejuvenation?

The main medical risks associated with vaginal rejuvenation are bladder injury, haemorrhage and infection.  Loss of sensation and pain during sexual intercourse can also occur on rare occasions.

What can I do if my Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment Has Gone Wrong?

If your vaginal reconstruction surgery has gone wrong and you have suffered from complications or painful, long-lasting side effects of the surgery, (which can include redness, swelling and bleeding) you may have a claim for compensation if your suffering is proven to be as a result of clinical negligence.

What can I do if I am unhappy with the results of my vaginal rejuvenation?

Perhaps the most common long-term complication of vaginal rejuvenation is dissatisfaction with the results. This is common with most cosmetic surgery procedures and can be addressed through revision surgery.  In this case, you should in the first instance discuss your dissatisfaction with the outcome with your surgeon directly.  If you believe you clearly communicated your goals for the vaginal reconstruction surgery to your cosmetic surgeon during your pre-surgery consultations and he or she either failed to listen or explain that the results you desired were not achievable, the surgeon could be guilty of acting negligently.  If this is the case, then a claim for compensation to help pay for further surgery and lost income (if time off work is needed) may be possible.

Can I claim compensation for a vaginal rejuvenation?

You can claim compensation for a vaginal rejuvenation if you can prove the damage you received was caused by your cosmetic surgeon’s negligent acts or omissions.  To claim compensation, you and your clinical negligence solicitor would need to show:

  1. That the cosmetic surgeon or clinic owed you a duty of care;
  2. This duty was breached; and
  3. Your suffered damage (eg  an infection) as a result.

It is relatively easy to establish that the private cosmetic surgery clinic or NHS Trust and their staff owed you a duty of care. 

In deciding whether or not the duty was breached, you must show that your surgeon’s performance fell below the standard of a reasonably competent professional performing vaginal reconstructive surgery. The test of whether a surgeon breached the duty of care owed to a patient is whether he or she has failed to meet the standard of a reasonable body of other practitioners also skilled in that field. This is known as the “Bolam test”.

As a claimant, you must also prove, on the balance of probabilities, the damage, discomfort or dissatisfaction you are suffering was caused by your cosmetic surgeon’s negligent acts or omissions.  This is often the most difficult part of the claim to prove; therefore, it is imperative that you instruct a lawyer who is experienced.

How much compensation will I get?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on the extent of the complications caused by the vaginal reconstructive surgery.  For example, if you have suffered a severe infection which has led to a permanent loss of sexual enjoyment and pain, tens of thousands of pounds in compensation could be awarded.

How do I make a claim?

IBB Solicitors are experts in the field of clinical and medical negligence.

The first step in making a claim is to contact us.  We deal with every situation in a sensitive, professional manner and will make a thorough assessment of your case.  Claims for vaginal rejuvenation require expert medical opinion, which we will organise on your behalf. 

Our legal team are committed to ensuring clients feel fully supported throughout the claims process.  We will quickly establish the facts of your case and explain our strategy for obtaining compensation for a botched vaginal rejuvenation in straight-forward terms.  From obtaining medical reports to mediation and/or court proceedings, we will ensure that you feel fully informed and supported every step of the way.

What is the process of making a claim?

The team at IBB Solicitors can assist you with evaluating whether or not you have a chance of successfully claiming compensation and then work on a strategy for how to ensure that compensation is awarded.  We understand that the intimate nature of your surgery may make you feel embarrassed about disclosing certain details.  Therefore, we fully understand if you request that one of our female members of staff discuss the details of your case with you.

If we establish a case for negligence, your solicitor will inform the relevant NHS Trust or private cosmetic surgery clinic that you are making a claim for compensation for negligent vaginal reconstruction surgery.

The defendant will have 90 days to conduct its own investigation into the matter, and either admit negligence occurred or challenge the claim.  If the claim is challenged, we will issue court proceedings as soon as practicable.

 We have an in-depth understanding of the litigation process and can engage highly-qualified, experienced counsel to advocate for you in court.

Will I have to go to court?

In a majority of cases, compensation claims settle outside of court. 

Our team are experienced in all forms of alternative disputes resolution, including mediation and strive to ensure your compensation claim is settled without resorting to formal litigation.

If you are required to attend court, we will provide you with a full range of support and guidance.  Everything will be explained in plain, simple language and we will swiftly answer any questions you may have about the process.

How much will it cost to make a claim?

At IBB Solicitors we offer ‘conditional fee arrangements’, otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’.  This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any legal fees to our firm.

You can further protect yourself by taking out ‘After the Event’ (ATE) insurance to cover the other side’s costs should you be ordered to pay them.

We will fully explain all of this when we meet. .  We will ensure that you understand what you are committing to fully before we proceed with your claim.  If you have any questions once we start on your case, you can speak directly to your personally appointed solicitor who will liaise with you fully throughout the process.

If you would like further information on making a compensation claim vaginal rejuvenation, please call our office on 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.

Labiaplasty

What is Labiaplasty Surgery?

A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin either side of the vaginal opening.  Many women experience severe pain and discomfort because of oversized labia, which can prevent them from participating in normal, everyday activities such as certain sports and can make sexual intercourse uncomfortable and embarrassing.

What are the types of labiaplasty?

There are a number of different ways to carry out a labiaplasty and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.  It is crucial that during your pre-operation consultations, your surgeon explains these to you fully.  If he or she fails to do so, they could be found liable for negligence.

Labiaplasty can be performed in three ways:

  • Amputation technique -  reduces the size of the labia by cutting away the excess tissue. First a clamp will be placed on this area in order to control bleeding and then the tissue that is not needed will be removed using either a scalpel or a laser. The wound will then be stitched up, usually with a running stitch. The result is that the labia are smaller than before. This technique does combat the issue of large labia but as it is effectively amputation it will remove the natural edge of the labia, leaving a less natural looking edge. You will most likely also have a scar from the wound and there is a risk of nerve damage if the labiaplasty procedure goes badly wrong.
  • Central wedge resection - The surgeon will cut a triangle of the tissue out of the centre of the labia. The rest of the tissue can then be retracted back so that the labia becomes smaller. An advantage to this technique over the amputation method is that it does not cut away the edge of the labia so they remain natural and you have less scarring. However, you are still cutting away a chunk of connective tissue so there is the risk of causing loss of sensitivity. Numbness can occur and in rare cases the patient will develop neuromas, which are tumours what occur in the nervous system. 
  • De-epithelisation technique - involves removing some of the epithelial layers of the labia on either side of them. This reduces the labia lips without removing a large amount of connective tissue. Therefore, you can preserve the edge of the labia and reduce the chance of causing numbness. However, it can cause the width of the labia to increase if it is carried out on a large area.  A laser can be used if the de-epithelisation technique is adopted, reducing the risk of scarring; however, the use of a laser can cause epidermal cysts to develop which require surgery to remove.

What are the side effects and risks of labiaplasty?

The risks and side-effects associated with a botched labiaplasty include:

  • Infection
  • Loss of sensation
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Nerve injury

Recent news reports warn that some private clinics in the UK and US are offering non-surgical ‘rejuvenating’ procedures to reshape and tighten the vagina using a probe which is inserted into the vagina to heat or laser the vaginal tissue. Although a growing number of manufacturers have been claiming the procedure can treat conditions and symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence or sexual function, these laser devices have not undergone testing for rejuvenation therapies.

Dr Vanessa Mackay, from the UK's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said: "There is no evidence to suggest that non-surgical 'vaginal rejuvenation' devices are effective in improving vaginal muscle tone or reshaping vaginal tissue. If women are concerned about the appearance or feel of their vagina, they should speak to a healthcare professional. It is important to remember, however, that every woman's vagina is different. Labia are as individual as women themselves and vary in appearance and colour.

What can I do if I am unhappy with the results of my labiaplasty?

If you are unhappy with the results of your labiaplasty then you need to discuss this with your surgeon.  Further surgery may be required to give you the outcome you desire.

Can I claim compensation for a botched labiaplasty?

You can claim compensation for a vaginal rejuvenation if you can prove the damage and/or complications you received was caused by your cosmetic surgeon’s negligent acts or omissions. 

To successfully get compensation for a labiaplasty that has not proceeded as planned, you must show that your surgeon’s performance fell below the standard of a reasonably competent professional performing a labiaplasty.

You will also need to prove that the damage you suffered was as a result of the acts or omissions of the surgeon who performed

How much compensation will I get?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on the extent of the damage caused by the botched labiaplasty. 

How do I make a claim?

IBB Claims are experts in the field of clinical and medical negligence.

The first step in making a claim is to contact us.  We deal with every situation in a sensitive, professional manner and will make a thorough assessment of your case.  Our team will organise access to your medical records and engage expert opinions if required to make a strong case.

What is the process of making a claim?

Firstly, you need to contact a solicitor who has experience.  The team at IBB can assist you with evaluating whether or not you have a chance of successfully claiming compensation and then work on a strategy for how to ensure that compensation is awarded.  We understand that the intimate nature of your surgery may make you feel embarrassed about disclosing certain details.  Therefore, we fully understand if you request that one of our female staff members discuss the details of your case with you.

If we establish a case for negligence, your solicitor will inform the relevant NHS Trust or private cosmetic surgery clinic that you are making a claim for compensation for negligent vaginal reconstruction surgery.

The defendant will have 90 days to conduct its own investigation into the matter, and either admit negligence occurred or challenge the claim.  If the claim is challenged, we will issue court proceedings as soon as practicable.

We give our clients the confidence to keep fighting for justice because we believe in them.  We also have an in-depth understanding of the litigation process and can engage highly-qualified, experienced counsel to advocate for you in court.

Will I have to go to court?

In a majority of cases, compensation claims settle outside of court. 

Our team are experienced in all forms of alternative disputes resolution, including mediation and strive to ensure your compensation claim is settled without resorting to formal litigation.

If you are required to attend court, we will provide you with a full range of support and guidance.  Everything will be explained in plain, simple language and we will swiftly answer any questions you may have about the process.

How much will it cost to make a claim?

At IBB Solicitors we offer ‘conditional fee arrangements’, otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’.  This means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any legal fees to our firm.  By taking out ‘After the Event’ (ATE) insurance to cover the other side’s costs should you be ordered to pay them, your position is further protected.

We will ensure that you understand what you are committing to fully before we proceed with your claim. 

If you would like further information on making a compensation claim for a labiaplasty gone bad, please call our office on 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.

Vaginoplasty

What is Vaginoplasty Surgery?

Vaginoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure which aims to both tighten and strengthen the vaginal muscles, the perineum and the tissues surrounding the vaginal area. This tightening procedure creates more strength and control in the vaginal muscles, heightening your sensitivity and sexual experiences.

The surgery is also used on men who are completing a sex change (gender re-assignment) to create a vagina using grafts from the penis.

What are the types of vaginoplasty?

In the most general terms, vaginal plastic surgery, is performed by removing excess lining. The surgeon also tightens the muscles and surrounding soft tissues in the vaginal area.

If surgery is required to repair, rebuild or totally construct parts of the vulva-vaginal structure, then tissue derived from elsewhere in the patient may be used to construct the new genital parts and area.

What are the side effects and risks of vaginoplasty?

Risks and side effects of vaginoplasty if it goes wrong include;

  • scarring
  • loss of pleasure or sensation
  • pain upon intercourse
  • incontinence
  • bleeding
  • numbness
  • hematoma
  • infection

What can I do if I am unhappy with the results of my vaginoplasty?

If you are unhappy with your vaginoplasty surgery the first step is to speak to your surgeon and discuss the steps you need to take to repair any damage (such as pain or scarring) or give you the results you desire.  If he or she is unable to repair the damage, you may be able to bring a claim for negligence.

Can I claim compensation for a botched vaginoplasty?

You can claim compensation for a vaginoplasty which has gone wrong if you can prove the damage and/or complications you received was caused by your cosmetic surgeon’s negligent acts or omissions. 

You need to show that your surgeon’s performance fell below the standard of a reasonably competent professional performing a vaginoplasty and you suffered damage as a result.

How much compensation will I get?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on the extent of the damage caused by the negligently performed vaginoplasty. 

How do I make a claim?

IBB Solicitors are experts in the field of clinical and medical negligence. 

What is the process of making a claim?

The first step in making a claim is to contact us.  We deal with every situation in a truly sensitive, way and allow you to talk exclusively to a female  lawyer if you prefer.  Our team will organise access to your medical records and engage expert opinions if required to make a strong case.

If we establish a case for negligence, your solicitor will inform the relevant NHS Trust or private cosmetic surgery clinic that you are making a claim for compensation for negligent vaginal reconstruction surgery. 

Within 90 days the defendant must either decide to challenge the claim or accept it and pay compensation. 

We will ensure you understand the process and decisions we are making regarding your case for botched vaginoplasty surgery and you can contact your lawyer to ask questions regarding your case.

Will I have to go to court?

In a majority of cases, compensation claims settle outside of court and we are experienced in mediation and negotiation.

If court proceedings become inevitable because settlement cannot be reached, we will provide support to you every step of the way.

How much will it cost to make a compensation claim?

At IBB Claims we offer ‘conditional fee arrangements’, otherwise known as ‘no win, no fee’.  This means that if you only pay us if we win your case.  By taking out ‘After the Event’ (ATE) insurance to cover the other side’s costs should you be ordered to pay them, bringing a claim for compensation is virtually risk-free on your part

If you would like further information on making a compensation claim for a vaginaplasty gone bad, please call our claims experts on 0333 123 9099, email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk or complete our online form.

Alternatives to Vaginal Rejuvenation

Vaginal rejuvenation like all surgical and cosmetic procedures carries risks and can cost thousands of pounds. It is important to give serious consideration as to whether vaginal rejuvenation will be beneficial for you.

Dr Naomi Crouch, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: "There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the practice of labiaplasty and the risk of harm is significant, particularly for teenagers who are still in stages of development both physically and psychologically. 

In order to discourage the trend toward “designer vagina” and provide reassurance (to teenage girls in particular) the sexual health charity Brook together with healthcare professionals developed a booklet giving visual examples and advice on the appearance of female genitals and how this can change during puberty.

Pelvic floor exercises are an alternative which should be considered to strengthen the muscles around the vagina and improve muscle tone and sensitivity during sex. 

How to do pelvic floor exercises:

  • Sit or stand comfortably with knees slightly apart and then draw up the pelvic floor muscles as if trying to avoid passing urine
  • It is important not to tighten the stomach, buttock or thigh muscles during the exercises
  • Do 10 slow contractions, holding them for about 10 seconds each
  • The length of time can be increased gradually and the slow contractions can then be followed by a set of quick contractions
  • The whole process should be carried out three or four times a day

For further tips for a strong pelvic floor please click here.