What Are the 3 Most Important Questions to Ask During a Labiaplasty Consult?

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Questions to ask about labiaplasty

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Thank you for your question.  There are several important points to ask when discussing labiaplasty.  At the forefront is how many procedures have you performed.  It is always advisable to go to someone with an expertise in the area.  Also, what type of incision do you use?  There are several options and this can vary depending on one's anatomy, but the typical way is a "V" wedge excision.  What is the recovery?  This is important to know how long you will be down. Finally, what are the potential complications?  It is uncommon to have problems or complications with this surgery, but your surgeon should be able to tell you what the most common concerns are and how they are managed.  

Be wary of techniques that remove tissue and amputate the free edge!!!

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Understand what king of technique is being used.  Avoid trimming by all means.  It is my preference not to excise tissue like the conventional central wedge technique but rather to use a transposition flap and deepitheliealize.  This procedure is much safer and yields beautiful results.  Be careful as many practitioners simply amputate the edge leaving severe deformities

Consult for labiaplasty

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Labiaplasty is one of those procedures where artistry and experience makes a difference. A labiaplasty can be done in an hour with removing the excess tissue or it can be seen a a major artistic transformation that can take 3-4 hours. 

Being comfortable with your surgeon, ask questions on why certain procedures are done and making sure that you are achieving your goals as a patient is important. 

Important questions for labiaplasty

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What technique used and can you see examples? 
What type of anesthesia? 
What is the healing time and post operative care? 

Labiaplasty: consultation questions

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Doing research and narrowing down to 3 surgeons is a good start. Always make sure the surgeons are board certified. The American Board of Plastic Surgery if they are plastic surgeons.. They should be experienced and you should be comfortable with your consult. Make sure all of your questions are answered

Three good questions to ask:
  • 1.Who are you Board Certified by?
  • 2.What is your experience with this surgery?
  • 3.What is your preferred method and why?

3 Most Important Pre-Op Labiaplasty Questions

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The 3 most important labiapasty questions that will be the most beneficial for a woman researching this procedure are:
1) What is the labiaplasty technique that you will use?
2) How may labiaplasty procedures have you performed?
3) Let me see your before and after labiaplasty photos.
Most commonly I use the trim method which reduces the excess skin and can be carefully trimmed so that the edges are smooth and symetrical. The wedge technique often does not remove enough tissue. I have perforemd labiaplasty procedures since 1997. At consultation, a patient should be examined and shown before and after photographs of labiaplasty procedures and this will reassure the patient. This is a surgical procedure that requires some technical and artistic skills to accomplish. Please take the time to speak to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who can answer your questions, before you proceed. Best wishes, Dr. Richard Swift

Questions for Labiaplasty consult

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There are many questions to ask during Labiaplasty consultation. One of the most important should be done at home before your visit. Do your home work well. Who is doing your procedure?

During your visit, you should ask these questions
1) Are you a Plastic Surgeon?
2) Where is the procedure performed.
3) Is the center fully accredited. If yes, by who?
4) Ask about their experience and look at the before and after photo
5) Ask if you a candidate for labiaplasty

Good luck.

Labiaplasty questions to ask

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1. Am I a candidate for this surgery and why?

2. What technique do you use (wedge and de-epithelialization is the safest and indicated in most all cases)?

3. Show me photos and tell me about your level of experience. 

Bonus: show me reviews of labiaplasty patients!

Questions to Ask Before Labiaplasty

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Before you ask a surgeon, ask yourself what you dislike and how you wish the area to appear. If you don't have a clear idea of what you want, you will most likely not be satisfied. Once you've got that figured out, ask about experience and ask to see before and after photos. If you like what you see, great. If not, move on.

It is important to know that your plastic surgeon is very experienced in labiaplasty.

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Labia minoraplasty and labia majoraplasty procedures are performed by some plastic surgeons and some gynecologists.  It is important to seek out a surgeon that is experienced in these procedures and that they can demonstrate their results.  It is important to review before and after photos and compare results and assoicated techniques.  I prefer a wedge technique and often deepithelialize the tissue when it comes to labia minoraplasty procedures.  I avoid trimming techniques as I feel the results are not as aesthetically pleasing.

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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