Is a board certified Plastic Surgeon more qualified than a board certified OB-Gyn to perform labiaplasty or vaginoplasty procedures? How can one tell if their ob-gyn is qualified to do these types of cosmetic procedures?
Labiaplasty: Plastic Surgeon or Ob-Gyn?
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Who Should Perform Your Labiaplasty?
It is important to ask for before and after pictures or samples of the work they have performed. Also to ask how the procedure is performed as there are several different methods.
The term vaginal rejuvenation is a broad term that can be used to encompass several procedures with the overall goal of improving the appearance of the vaginal area.
The most common method for rejuvenation is trimming the labia minora (inner lips) this will remove the excess skin that may hang below the vagina. This is what I would recommend in your particular situation.
I recommend the wedge resection, which will improve the overall shape of the inner labia. This will remove the excess skin that is visible in the picture you have posted. With this method it limits the visible incision and giving patients a very natural result.
I would recommend that you consult your board certified plastic surgeon so that you can be evaluated and discuss your options.
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Plastic Surgeon or OB for labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is a straightforward procedure with both aesthetic and functional goals. Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty, and all plastic surgeons must demonstrate surgical expertise in all areas of the body to become board certified. While there are also excellent OB-Gyn surgeons, the specialty is both medical and surgical. In general, you need to be more careful about who you choose if you decide upon a Gynecologist to do the procedure.... It should be a Gynecologist with experience and a satisfactory comfort level with labiaplasty.
Which specialty for female genital (vulvar, vaginal, or labial) plastic surgery
These are procedures performed by both specialties. In general, plastic surgeons are quite comfortable performing the labiaplasty procedures whereas specialized gynecologists, specifically urogynecologists, tend to perform the vaginoplasty procedures because they are commonly associated with vaginal laxity following childbirth resulting in stress urinary incontinence.
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Labiaplasty Surgeon Needs Experience
With regards to who is better at performing a cosmetic labiaplasty or vaginoplasty, it really depends on the experience of the surgeon. Even though Ob/Gyn physicians have constant contact with the vaginal area, that does not mean that they know how to properly address the issues that go into cosmetic restoration of the labia, clitoral hood, and/or vaginal canal. Also, most Ob/Gyn do not do these types of surgeries in their training, so they get very little exposure to these surgical procedures before they begin their practices. Plastic surgeons generally get a fair amount of exposure to these surgeries as a resident, and often times are better equipped to handle the technical aspects of the procedures, as well as dealing with cosmetic patients in general. I hope this helps.
Plastic Surgeon or Ob-Gyn?
You can go to anyone that performs (legally) labiaplasty that informs and satisfies you well enough.
I may be biased in my answer but I believe a well trained plastic surgeon with experience in the procedure is better qualified.
Most gynecologists are trained in surgery of the pelvic organs and not intricate skin surgery. Delicate tissue handling and having a 3D understanding of structures is paramount in achieving the most natural results.
Who should perform labia reduction surgery?
Ob/Gyn vs Plastic Surgeon for labiaplasty
It really depends upon what you want the result to look like. I think experienced plastic surgeons make them look better. Gyns tend to do Trim operations which are not so pretty and hurt more (my observation.)
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Labiaplasty - Who is Qualified?
Surgeons from different specialties, certainly including these two, are qualified - at least in theory - to perform this surgery. But how about a Urologist? He or she may, arguably, be even more capable at doing the surgery.
And that's the question: not just who is "qualified" - but who can do it well. It often comes down to ability, experience, approach to the procedure, etc.
You'll need to interview several doctors and talk to them, see how they would address your concerns, etc.
No simple answer....and although board-certification is a minimum, that's all it is. Regardless of the credentials of a surgeon you have to try to get a sense of how "capable" the surgeon actually is.
I hope that this helps, and good luck,
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