Laguna Beach, CA
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July 13, 2010 11:42 PM
Dr. Alter is an excellent surgeon for labial and sex change issues. He will do a good job for you though no surgeon can really promise a completely safe and complication free surgery.
Dr. Alter is an excellent surgeon for labial and sex change issues. He will do a good job for you though no surgeon can really promise a completely safe and complication free surgery. Even the best surgeon will have his or her share of less than satisfactory and unsatisfactory results. This pertains to me, Dr. Alter, and every surgeon. When you do lots of cases and become an expert it will just go with the territory due to the variations in human anatomy and healing.
I agree with the prior post that asking the surgeon all the questions you may have and asking for a list of former patients to call who are willing to speak with you is a good place to start. You can then do your due diligence and talk to each and everyone whose name you were provided. However, I do not agree that labiaplasty and clitoral hood reduction are simple surgeries. It certainly looks simple and therein lies the problem. It looks like you just excise what you want off and sew the edges. However, there is a great deal of finesse involved when done correctly. The flow of tissue from the clitoral hood to the frenulum to the labia minora and majora are technically tough to do smoothly and without ridging/dog ears/detection. The Master's Level touch is seen right at this level in surgery and is one of those things that takes a while to become proficient in. It takes literally dozens and dozens of cases before one achieves the understanding of how tissues fold, how they heal, how they blend into a uniform and pleasing work of art. It is not a thirty minute quickie procedure and most plastic surgeons AND gynecologists AND cosmetic surgeons AND urologists are not at all trained in the surgery and most just pick it up and wing it. Truly! Training programs in labial surgeries are few and far between. It is not an exaggeration and I am not intending to be flippant. It is just reality. So, in your case, it sounds like you did your homework and chose one of the best around in doing labiaplasty revisions therefore I think you are safe. I hope this helps.
Red Alinsod, MD