Genital Cosmetic Surgery
Genital Cosmetic Surgery
There are several procedures that come under the term GCS. They include:
Labiaplasty – This involves surgery to the labia minora (inner lips) and less frequently, the labia majora(outer lips). Labiaplasty of the labia minora is the most commonly performed GCS procedure. It generally involves reducing the size of the inner lips so they do not protrude below the outer lips. It is also used to correct asymmetry of the lips, where one lip is significantly different in size/length to the other. Some women have labiaplasty because their labia cause them chafing, irritation and also limit their participation in activities such as bike riding. However, many women also undergo labiaplasty because they are embarrassed about the appearance of their labia.
Vaginoplasty – This involves tightening the inside of the vagina and the vaginal opening by removing excess tissue from the vaginal lining. It effectively results in a vagina with a smaller diameter. Vaginoplasty is often promoted as a solution for women who have experienced a loss of vaginal tone due to childbirth. It is also referred to as ‘vaginal rejuvenation’.
Hymenoplasty – This procedure reconstructs the hymen (the thin membrane of skin that partially covers the vaginal entrance in a virgin). The edges of the torn hymen are reconnected so that when sexual intercourse takes place the membrane will tear and bleed. While hymenoplasty is predominantly performed for religious or cultural reasons, it is also being promoted as ‘re-virgination’, for women who choose to give their partner the ‘gift’ of their virginity.
Labia majora augmentation – This procedure seeks to plump up the outer lips by injecting them with fatty tissue taken from another part of the woman’s body.
Vulval lipoplasty – This procedure involves the use of liposuction to remove fat deposits from the mons pubis (the pad of fatty tissue covered by pubic hair). This results in the mons pubis being less prominent. In some cases, a mons reduction or lift may be required.
Clitoral hood reduction – This procedure involves reducing the hood of skin which surrounds the clitoris, exposing the glans (or head) of the clitoris that lies underneath. A clitoral hood reduction is aimed at providing more stimulation, therefore, heightening a woman’s sexual pleasure. The procedure is also known as hoodectomy.
- Nerve damage and loss of sensation
- Labia asymmetry
- Permanent colour change
- Scalloping of the labia edge
- Tissue death along the wound
- Blood clots
- Pain during sex
- Change in sexual arousal
- Dissatisfaction with results
The procedures that come under GCS are:
Circumcision – Circumcision operation is required when the skin of the prepuce that covers the glans of penis does not retract back painlessly, in flaccid condition or in erection leading to painful intercourse.
Operation is done under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Very finely conducted operation gives excellent results in terms of the shape and use of the penis.
Penile Thickness Increase – When partners are not happy with the thickness of the penis giving rise to unsatisfactory intercourse and a complexed feeling in the male partner;a procedure to increase the thickness of the penis can be performed.
This is done under local anesthesia/sedation. Injection of patients own fat to increase the penile thickness is performed.
Penile Lengthening – When partners are not happy with the length of the penis giving rise to unsatisfactory intercourse and a complexed feeling in the male partner; a procedure to lengthen the penis can be performed.
This is done under local anesthesia/sedation. Usually length of 1- 1.5 inches is gained.
Penile Implants – These are required for the patients having erection problems. A wide variety of implants are available to choose from.
Testicular Implants – Absence of testis could be inborn or as a result of some injury, operation or disease. To lift up the confidence of the patient testicular implants are placed in scrotal pouch.
Scrotal Shaping / Cyst removal – Nodules or cysts on scrotal wall are troublesome. Removal is done under local anesthesia, leaving invisible scars.
Deformed or baggy scrotum are shape to size under local anesthesia.
Refashioning the mons pubis – This may include liposuction to reduce the bulk on the mons region OR reduction or lift of mons to correct excessive sagging mons region.