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Controversial Labiaplasty Procedure Receives High Satisfaction Reviews From Patients
Date:2/28/2013

changes they had experienced since having children). Although 23 patients were lost-to-follow-up at the one-month post-surgery survey administration, the patients completing the second survey provided information about their satisfaction with the procedure, changes in self-esteem and function, and the recovery period.

Most women (75%) seeking labiaplasty at Dr. Rajagopal’s clinic did so for both cosmetic and functional reasons, citing things such as sexual discomfort, poor body image, difficulty wearing certain clothes, and other emotional and physical problems. The rest were almost evenly split between only cosmetic and only functional reasons, although nearly every patient cited an emotional component to her decision to seek surgery, such as confidence and self-esteem.

In terms of satisfaction, patients reported almost universal satisfaction with the outcomes of the procedure at the one-month follow-up (during an office visit or through a mailed survey). The average satisfaction rating with the outcome of the procedure was 9 on a 10-point scale. Although satisfaction with the recovery process was slightly lower, with an average rating of 8.25 on a 10-point scale, not all of the respondents had completed the recovery period at the time of the post-surgery survey. Nearly all patients also reported an improvement in self-esteem and body image following the surgery. All 29 patients who answered the follow-up survey said they would recommend the procedure to friends.

Dr. Rajagopal’s survey of labiaplasty patients confirms other research that has also found high rates of patient satisfaction and substantial post-surgery improvements in body image and self-confidence. Dr. Rajagopal believes the self esteem and aesthetic goals achieved from labiaplasty surgery combined with very low complication rates are appropriate clinical end points just as for any other plastic surgical procedure.

This study represents only one type of cosmetic su
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