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Why Didn’t Dr D go to the Global Symposium on Cosmetic Vaginal Surgery?

Posted Mar 01 2010 12:00am

Recently there was a “Global Symposium on Cosmetic Vaginal Surgery.” Although I have been operating in the area for the last ten years or so, I did not attend? Why?

I figured it would likely be filled with hype and BS as I tend to differ philosophically from the majority of those who would likely attend. I perform labiaplasty, but do not engage in the hyperbole that many other surgeons push with it. I do not tighten the vagina or promise increased sexual gratification. I reduce over-sized lips and preserve sensation through a minimalist approach. I do not sell the designer vagina. My patients are happy and I contend that is the bottom line.

Some 150 gynecologists, urogynecologists and plastic surgeons met last month to observe, in bloody still shots and loops of video, the signature ways that the fathers of vaginal cosmetic surgery–and they’re all men–cut, carve, burn, cauterize, and stitch the female labia, clitoral environs, vaginal canal, and other points south.

The tone connotes the thought that labiaplasty surgeons are misogynists. I am not. While I certainly do not fly a ridiculous flag such as “Vaginoplasties Save Relationships,” reduction labiaplasty surgery performed conservatively in the right patient does not impair sexual performance…at least not in my patients. Then again the surgery is not standardized despite those at the conference who might try to make it so.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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