For those of you who have already had a labiaplasty or vaginoplasty, was it something you’d recommend to others? Then why don’t you? Few areas of plastic surgery seem to be as “hush-hush” as those which concern the woman’s genitalia, and yet this is an area where a woman needs to know the feelings and experiences of others. There are four ways you should consider making your recommendation known to other potential patients:
1) Talk to those in your circle of friends and relatives. No, that doesn’t mean you bring up the procedure over a casual dinner. But keep your ears open. If you get word that a co-worker or friend or cousin is considering having plastic surgery done, and especially the procedure which you had done, then be willing to talk to her. Tell her about your surgeon and your opinion of that surgeon. Tell her the pros and cons of the procedure, and remind her of the risks involved. You’ll be one of her best resources for making an intelligent decision regarding her surgery.
2) Be willing to to talk to your surgeon’s future prospective patients. Most plastic surgeons love keeping a database of satisfied patients. Tell yours if you’re willing for someone to call or email you so you can share your experience with her.
3) Similarly, your surgeon might be pleased if you’re willing to write out a statement expressing your satisfaction with your surgery. She might use this on her website or in materials that she hands her future patients.
4) Share on the Internet. Increasingly, there are forums popping up online that discuss plastic surgery. There are forums for doctors and for patients. Since labiaplasty and vaginoplasty are still emerging procedures, there aren’t as many people in those forums who are sharing their experiences with these particular operations. Your insight will be welcome in most of these forums. One caution: Internet discussions can get very heated, so don’t be surprised if you hear from some uninformed critics in response to your posts. But it’s precisely because many of the people visiting these sites only hear from the uninformed that you should make your voice heard.
If you truly believe that your plastic surgery did positive things for you, then by all means share. But also share the fears you had before the operation and the rough patches that you experienced during recovery. All of these things together will make for more educated patients in the future.