Reputable plastic surgeons will have before and after photos for prospective patients to examine prior to having a labiaplasty done. In fact, I advise people regularly, as they’re researching and trying to find the surgeon to perform their procedure, to make use of these photos. But how? And just what exactly are you looking for? Let’s take a look at this issue.
First, you should understand this: Photos are a must, or you should not hire that surgeon. If a doctor refuses to show you any photos, this usually means he or she has no results that they care to publicize. This should be a signal to look elsewhere for your labiaplasty.
However, keep in mind the limits of what these pictures are really likely to tell you. A doctor will most likely only show the photos that show her/his successes, not her/his failures. So you can expect the photos to present something of a one-sided story for your consideration. Therefore, be cautious about taking the pictures at face value. You should especially pay attention to whether the doctor offers photos of only one view or side of the patient.
Also, if the surgeon only has photos of one person, this should also send up warning signals in your head. A good doctor should have photos of various patients, and you’ll want to examine several.
Make sure to couple these photos with written references from patients. In addition, speak directly with the surgeon and ask plenty of questions. Ask questions about the procedure, but also ask questions about the photos she has shown. Ask what exactly is shown in the pictures, and ask about what is not shown. And ask her how what you’re looking at is likely to compare to the results you’ll receive with your own labiaplasty.
One advantage of the Internet is that you can also find labiaplasty photos online. These should be used only for comparison purposes, to compare the photos of the doctor you’re considering hiring, and to compare to what the doctor says will be your likely results.
One other thing: If you find that you are especially satisfied with the results of your labiaplasty, consider allowing your surgeon to use photos of yourself. Yes, this is a private operation, but your face will not be used and you’ll be completely anonymous. And this will help other women to find out about the doctor responsible for the results that have pleased you so much.