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She's definitely a people personLabiaplasty is among the fastest-growing cosmetic surgery procedures as far as popularity goes. Yet, despite the overall increase in numbers, there remains a lack of consistency when it comes to the specific surgical techniques were taken. Results, too, are measured by varying standards, many of which are subjective. A new proposal recommends that plastic surgeons adopt a standardized, objective approach toward this cosmetic gynecological procedure.

Why Standardization Matters

Member surgeons of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) conducted a labiaplasty study that looked at outcomes of the surgery for nearly 1,950 women. The data was based on previously performed labiaplasty studies that, when analyzed, included as many as seven different surgical techniques.

Although complication rates were low and results were good—patients reported post-surgical satisfaction levels at 94 percent on the low end—the sheer range of variety represented in the data made comparison difficult.

Differences in Labiaplasty Techniques

Surgical technique means more than just the choice between trim vs. wedge labiaplasty. Elements like the type of anesthesia and wound closure used, as well as post-op care, are all included under that umbrella term. In response, the study authors propose a standardized classification that could then be used to more easily compare results of future clinical trials.

This may all sound applicable only to medical professionals, but the ultimate outcome would be better labiaplasty results by more effectively matching each woman with the labiaplasty technique that would work best for her. The most skilled labiaplasty surgeons are already aware of the importance of customizing each surgery to the patient, and expanding this philosophy into general acceptance would mean a superior patient experience would be possible for future labiaplasties.

Dr. Placik brings the expertise of an experienced aesthetic vaginal surgeon who remains at the forefront of the genital rejuvenation specialty and regularly presents at national meetings instructing colleagues and residents and other surgical disciplines as well as contributing 4 chapters to 2 upcoming textbooks, invited to review submitted papers, serving as lead author of two peer reviewed plastic surgery articles on labiaplasty, and participating in 2 large multicenter outcome studies of female genital plastic surgery.

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