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I am 16 in Orange County and want a labia reduction. Can I have it without telling my parents?
For those of you who may not know, labiaplasty (sometimes called labioplasty) is an operation to change the shape of the labiae, a woman’s outer genitals. It can be performed for cosmetic or functional concerns. Some women with large labiae experience pain with tighter garments and in rare circumstances they can get in the way of sexual relations. The operations are different things to different surgeons and have been controversial to say the least.
Quite a bit in the practice of surgery of the privates is a matter of the surgeon’s philosophy. This includes the design and scope of the operation as we’ve mentioned. Traditionally for any surgery on a patient under the age of legal consent, a legal guardian (usually a parent) must consent.
Labiaplasty surgery modifies a patient’s private anatomy permanently. Although I take the chance of being criticized here, I would say a parent’s consent for an underage patient strikes me the wrong way. Unless the circumstances are very unusual, I would rather wait for the patient to reach the age of legal consent before making such a decision about permanent modifications to her privates. A mother’s consent to reduce her daughter’s genitalia just doesn’t seem right.
As an aside, this situation has not materialized in my labiaplasty practice and I have been doing them for over 10 years.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2011-04-14 07:30:03.
I am looking for your expert opinion on my situation. I have a massive Lipoma located in my left Labia majora. It measures 3cm x 7cm long. It is extremely mobile within the entire Labia majora. I have seen 2 gynecologists and 2 plastic surgeons for opinions and all have differing opinions on how to proceed.
1 Gyne – No way/Not paid by insurance/not touching it.
1 Gyne – Wow, needs to be done in hospital/covered by insurance/high risk of bleeding
1 PS – Wow, needs to be done by a gyne
1 Ps – Booked my for surgery
My concerns are risks of bleeding out and scarring/loss of sensation.
My choices are to go with a Gyne who will try and place the scar within the labia minor in a hospital setting
A plastic surgeon, specializing in the vaginal area, who will place the scar in the natural crease which runs down the labia majora.
Questions – who do YOU think is better qualified to do this? Due to scarring/nerve damage is the scar lower/more inside/further away from clitoris better or worse?
- Dawn (I am in Canada)
On qualifications, it depends upon if you care what it looks (and maybe feels) like afterward. If you don’t care then go to the non-plastic surgeon. On the lipoma in general, take into account that until it is removed you are not certain it is a lipoma. From what you describe, it sounds like the incision can be easily placed away from your sensitive parts.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2010-05-11 07:30:15.