Labiaplasty may be an effective procedure for addressing concerns regarding the size or symmetry of the labia. This procedure can not only improve a patient’s aesthetic concerns but can also improve daily comfort. Selecting the right surgeon for your labiaplasty is a critical decision that can significantly impact the outcome of your procedure. Read on for some tips on how to choose the right surgeon to ensure the results you desire.

Credentials to Look For

When seeking out plastic surgery for your labiaplasty procedure, one key credential to look out for is board certification. It is vital that a surgeon is board-certified by a reputable medical board, such as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC). Board-certified physicians aim higher to advance their judgment, knowledge, and skills for better outcomes.

It may also be helpful to seek out a surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery with a focus on labiaplasty. These surgeons will be extremely familiar with the anatomy of the treatment area and have the experience in performing this procedure for optimal outcomes.  Check the number of labiaplasty procedures the surgeon has performed. Experience often correlates with expertise and better outcomes.

Researching Surgeons

When researching surgeons, the Internet is a great resource. Searching for online reviews and testimonials of a plastic surgeon is a great place to start. Read patient reviews on websites like RealSelf, the Aesthetic Society, or Google Reviews. Pay attention to both positive and negative feedback for a clearer picture of what to expect from a particular surgeon.

Plastic surgeons may have a gallery of before-and-after photos on their websites or, given the sensitive nature of this procedure, a portfolio of results to see in the office. When examining the before-and-after photos, look for consistency in results and outcomes that align with your aesthetic goals.

Consultation

When starting your labiaplasty journey, do not hesitate to schedule consultations with multiple surgeons to compare their approaches and philosophies. Use this opportunity to gauge their communication style and willingness to answer questions.

Some examples of questions to ask a surgeon during a consultation include:

  1. What is your experience with labiaplasty?
  2. What techniques do you use, and why?
  3. Can you explain the risks and potential complications?
  4. What does the recovery process involve?
  5. Can you provide patient references or testimonials?

Lastly, patients should consider their own personal comfort when speaking with a surgeon. Ensure you feel comfortable and confident with the surgeon. Trust your instincts—feeling at ease with your surgeon is crucial for a positive experience.

Patient Reviews

Another great way to gauge a surgeon’s skill is through patient reviews. These reviews can provide valuable insights into the surgeon’s skill, bedside manner, and overall satisfaction with patients. Pay attention to comments about post-operative care and support, which is an important aspect of the overall experience.

Red Flags

To ensure you are well-informed, keep an eye out for these possible red flags when speaking with prospective surgeons. 

  • Unrealistic Promises. Be wary of surgeons who guarantee specific results or downplay the risks and complications.
  • Pressure Tactics. Avoid surgeons who pressure you to make a quick decision or to undergo additional procedures.
  • Lack of Transparency. Consider it a warning sign if a surgeon is reluctant to discuss their experience, show before-and-after photos, or provide patient references.

Schedule a Consultation

Choosing the right surgeon for your labiaplasty is a decision that requires careful consideration and thorough research. Stephanie Power, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Toronto, ON, Canada, with over 10 years of experience performing labiaplasty surgery. To learn more about this procedure and if it is right for you, please contact Power Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation. 

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