Before you make the commitment to have any particular plastic or cosmetic surgeon perform your labiaplasty or vaginaplasty procedure, a word of warning: Watch Out for Quacks! They seem to be pervasive in this field of medicine.
In fact, just a few months ago, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a stern warning to make sure that your practitioner has proper credentials. In their report, they tell of three women who ended up in the hospital after they got liquid or “silicone” injections in the buttocks. Only after the procedure at a North Carolina clinic did they find out that the doctor performing the procedure was an unlicensed practitioner.
All three women had gone to the same clinic a little over a year ago. All saw the same doctor, and as a result, all had similar results. They were given soft-tissue filler without the correct medical supervision.
So how did the ladies come to visit this particular clinic? Referral by friends who’d been there? Perhaps a mention by their family physician?
Hardly. Instead, they heard of him through Internet chat rooms. They were floored by the deal he was offering on the procedure, so they all three “bit.”
According to clinic records, the women received some kind of liquid injections in their buttocks–but there was no way of confirming if the injection was actually even silicone. Furthermore, liquid silicone has not been approved by the FDA for the purpose of cosmetic injection.
The results were terrifying: Just an hour following the procedure, the women reported symptoms which included abdominal pain, headaches, nausea, fatigue, light-headedness, and urine which turned purple. All three were subsequently hospitalized, and all three were diagnosed with acute kidney failure. They were each hospitalized for about two weeks, with two of them requiring dialysis. Fortunately, all of the women recovered.
Granted, none of these cases involved either labiaplasty or vaginoplasty. However, you can be sure that quack plastic surgeons come in all shapes, varieties–and specialties. It’s only a matter of time before the next news bulletin is released about someone practicing cosmetic surgery without proper credentials. Make sure it’s not the one performing your labiality by verifying credentials!
Remember, the only one who should be performing a cosmetic procedure on you is someone who is licensed by the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. There are lots of surgeons out there boasting credentials from lots of agencies–but many are as fake as they are. Remember: A reputable cosmetic surgeon will gladly show his/her credentials with The Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.