Cosmetic Genital Procedures
Why Cosmetic Genital Procedures?
It is not uncommon for both men and women to be unhappy with the appearance of their genitalia. Unfortunately, due to the sensitive nature of these concerns, many patients are unwilling to discuss these issues with their doctor to seek advice and treatment. Whether it be a longstanding concern related to a complication from a newborn circumcision or a new issue like the growth of an unwanted cyst or mole, medical problems related to our genitalia often get ignored. This leads to embarrassment, poor sexual confidence and low self-esteem as patients worry they may carry some type of disease or sexually transmitted infection.
What We Offer
At the Family Urology Clinic, we understand how much these issues impact on the personal and sexual wellbeing of our patients; and we are committed to helping them explore the various treatment options available. Dr. Robert Payne is a Stanford-trained urological surgeon with extensive training and experience in micro-surgical reconstruction of the genitalia of both men and women.
1. Circumcision repairs
Approximately 5% of circumcisions are associated with minor complications leading to poor cosmetic results. These can include the formation of skin tags, suture tracts, and skin bridges. Less commonly, the foreskin is not completely or evenly removed at the time of circumcision leaving residual or asymmetrical foreskin.
2. Removal of unwanted lumps and bumps
- Both men and women can develop unwanted lesions of the genitalia, including warts, moles and cysts. Most of these can be left alone, but if treatment is desired then topical treatments or surgical removal can be offered (depending on their size and location).
- Depending on their size and location, most lumps and bumps are removed using a micro-surgical no-scalpel technique that leads to lower complication rates and quicker recovery as we do not use stitches or sutures.
3. Frenuloplasty (repair of tight frenulum)
- Frenulum breve (or short frenulum) is a condition where the frenulum of the penis is tethered and tight. This can limit the movement of the tissue and head of the penis and can lead to pain or tearing with intercourse.
- Depending on how short the frenulum is and if it is associated with a tight foreskin (known as phimosis), there are several repair options available. A circumcision is rarely required if treatment is desired.
4. Labiaplasty (Labia minora reduction)
- The shape and size of the inner labia are determined by several factors that includes the hormonal status, age, history of childbirth, and genetics of each woman. It is important to remember that there is no standard size or look to the labia minora. However, if a woman feels that they negatively interfere with her life because they are too large or asymmetrical then a labial reduction procedure can be considered.
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