Can I get the results I want from a Labiaplasty without a clitoral unhooding? (photos)
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Looking at Pre and Post procedure images of actual patients in your prospective surgeon's book can show you what he or she can do for you as well as what surgery seems best for you. :)
John Di Saia MD
Labiaplasty with clitoral hood width reduction i.e. lateral prepuce reduction
Urogyencologist & Cosmetic Vaginal Surgeon
Atlanta ~ Beverly Hills ~ Dubai
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To Do or NOT to do a hood reduction (not "unhooding") with labiaplasty.
The weblink below will explain linear/trim vs. V-wedge differences.
Clitoral unhooding is not the same as clitoral hood contouring and is not a cosmetic procedure
Labiaplasty without hoodectomy?
Every vagina is different, and labiaplasty can be individualized to that
One of your options is to do nothing!
My consents disclose the common risks and benefits of a labiaplasty. Also mentioned as an "alternative" to the procedure is the option to NOT do the surgery. It may sound silly but it is an important part of your thought process: will I be substantially improved by the contemplated surgery?
Please realize and be reassured that there is no standard of beauty for the labia. There is huge variation in size, shape, length, pigmentation and so on, so much so that you yourself are, essentially, unique.
As a gynecologic as well as cosmetic plastic surgeon I would say that your photos do not show any "poking out" of your clitoris. As well, your inner lips can be "tucked away" by reducing the total amount of tissue within the labia by either a wedge or trim technique. But, should they? Your photo shows one natural variant of three possibles: larger minora, smaller minora and minora equal in prominence to the majora. That's it! Throw in an infinite variation in color, texture, length, etc. and you have the female in all of her uniqueness. Getting back to your photo shows quite smooth, symmetrical, minimally-protruding inner labia with no excesses of the labia or the clitoral hood. These facts do not prevent labiaplasty surgeons from recommending labiaplasty in almost every instance. Small wonder!Out of sight when standing? Yes. Smaller? Yes. Smoother? Very unlikely! Spend a few minutes looking at labia photos here and you will see many dozens of post-op labia results that one could never characterize as "smooth." A perfectly performed labiaplasty with perfect wound healing may result in a perfectly smooth tucked away appearance; what is more likely, however, is that you will end up with smaller, tucked away but irregularly-shaped labia with a "worked on" look. One of the risks you take with labiaplasty is to have a bobbed, irregular and less-than-natural look to your labia.
Hopefully, you can come to be assured that you are normal and do not automatically need to trim your inner lips to conform to what I see as a current "wave" of trying to interiorize your labia to the extent that you would look like every other woman who had done so. The trend to which I refer is the desire to cause your labia to look like a "clam shell;" that's how every little girl appears: dominant, puffy outer labia with as yet undeveloped inner labia.
Do not be influenced by the current trend to "nip/tuck" every little variant of your unique anatomy. If you are comfortable with this advice you now have about $4,000-$5,000 to spend on something more worthwhile.
Labiaplasty With And Without Clitoral Hood Reduction
Labiaplasty by an experienced cosmetic genital surgeon should be able to smooth, reduce the size and improve the overall appearance of the labia. The excess hooding of the clitoral area can also be reduced at the time of the labiaplasty in order to reduce the amount of protuberance.
Labiaplasty with and without clitoral hood reduction is a personal decision after being well educated on the benefits and risks. In my practice, I discuss this with my patients in order to educate them on their cosmetic issue, the surgical options and possible outcomes so that they can make an educated decision. Assessing your specific needs in order to attempt to meet your goals is challenging with a single photograph without a thorough examination. Best of luck.
Can I get the results I want from a labiaplasty without a clitoral unhooking?
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