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The “popularity” of the labiaplasty procedure (reduction in size of the labia minora) has skyrocketed over the last several years and for many good reasons. In fact, its rate of growth as reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is among the top two in the United States. This is even in spite of the fact that it is considered to be a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance companies.

The substantial publicity for labiaplasty surgery in addition to its increasing popularity have also attracted the attention of many physicians who are seeking ways to increase their bottom line. Unfortunately, there are some surgeons who either don’t fully have your interests at heart (actually lower than your heart!) or may have good intentions but not the skills or knowledge of the appropriate techniques in order to provide you with a reasonable and safe outcome.

Do you really want to take such chances with your very import area?

Didn’t think so!

Intuitively, it would seem to make sense that your Obstetrician/Gynecologist should be able to perform a decent labiaplasty. After all, he/she is directly in the area much of the time. Many do market the procedure at an aggressively discounted price – often far less than what skilled specialists may charge. It sounds like a great deal at first but: BUYER BEWARE!

It is not uncommon for at least some of them to use fast and significantly less than precise and gentle techniques to remove extra labial tissue and repair the wounds. This can increase the risks for inferior outcomes including infection, symptomatic scarring, deformities, noticeable asymmetries and even pain with sex. Corrective surgery may then need to be done which also results in more expenses, downtime and physical and emotional trauma.

A reputable plastic surgeon, board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who has experience in labiaplasty surgery should be the surgeon with whom you entrust your very vital area to. Precision, meticulousness and a gentle technique – critical skills of plastic surgeons – are the important factors that will likely lead to the exact outcome that you are seeking and with a lower risk of undesirable problems.

And, you DON’T want any undesirable problems there!

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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