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Dr. Traci Temmen’s October 15 Plastic Surgery Patient of the Month: Labiaplasty Consultation

doctor-photo2October’s patient of the month is a 22-year-old student who had been bothered by her enlarged labia minora for years. She is an avid horse rider, and found that this activity, as well as other exercises, caused irritation and discomfort because of her protuberant labia. Her secondary concerns were aesthetic in nature, in that she did not like the way her external genitalia looked and she found it difficult to find clothes that she felt comfortable wearing. Her goals for the surgery were to reduce the size and length of her labia minora to the point where she didn’t experience discomfort with exercise or embarrassment when wearing tighter clothing. When she came to see me, my patient had already been to see another plastic surgeon, but did not feel fully comfortable with that surgeon or his approach. Thus, when she came to see me, this labiaplasty patient was looking for a technically skilled, experienced, plastic surgeon that would treat her respectfully, gently, and kindly with whom she could easily communicate.


During her initial consultation in late September, my patient met with Kim, one of our cosmetic surgery coordinators, who went over her medical history, medications, etc… and then showed her many before and after labiaplasty photos in the conference room at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa. This gave my patient a chance to see a wide range of “normal” and “abnormal” external female genitalia, and to get an idea of what her postoperative result might look like. This patient had done a lot of research on labiaplasty surgeons in the Tampa area, the various surgeries performed to treat large labia, and the possible side effects. She basically knew everything she needed to know about labiaplasty surgery itself, and was just looking for a surgeon she felt comfortable with!


After meeting with Kim and viewing many labiaplasty before and after pictures, I met with the patient in the conference room, as well. There, I reviewed her medical and surgical history, explained my surgical technique, and described the expected postoperative period and recovery following labiaplasty surgery. This patient was extremely calm, clever, and well-spoken. She had very reasonable expectations for her labiaplasty surgery, was well-educated, and I felt very comfortable explaining to her my ideas and goals for her surgery


Next, the patient was taken into an examination room where I performed a quick and delicate physical examination. She explained how she did not like the way her labia minora hung past her labia majora (particularly noticeable when she was standing) and that to appear “normal” she had to “tuck” her labia minora inside the labia majora. I too noticed this, but because she has particularly small labia majora, I could not promise that I would be able to reduce the labia minora enough so that they would be completely covered by the labia majora at all times. She understood and was nonetheless happy to proceed with surgery.


Finally, Kim brought the patient back into the conference room where they discussed pricing and scheduling. The patient and her husband decided to book surgery for the latter part of September, paid the deposit to hold her date of surgery, and scheduled her preoperative labiaplasty appointment before leaving.


Stay tuned to learn about her preoperative appointment!


Traci Temmen, M.D.

Dramatic Increase in the Rise of Labiaplasty Surgery

Over the last several months to one year, the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa has seen a dramatic increase in the number of requests for labiaplasty consultations and surgeries performed by Dr. Traci Temmen.


This experience is mirrored by a similar rise in labiaplasty consultations and surgeries performed throughout the United States and abroad.  According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2014 Report, labiaplasty procedures experienced a 48% increase in 2014, second only to the Brazilian butt lift and buttocks augmentation procedures, as the most rapidly increasing cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the United States.


Why the Increase in Labiaplasty Surgery Requests?


Not only is Dr. Temmen one of the few female, board-certified plastic surgeons in Tampa Bay to perform labiaplasty surgery, but her comforting bedside manner, gentle surgical technique, and laser-like attention to detail make her a natural choice for women considering labiaplasty surgery in Tampa, Florida.


However, this does not fully explain the dramatic increase in the number of labiaplasty consultations seen by Dr. Temmen at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa.  When asked, Dr. Temmen explained her thoughts on why more and more women are considering labiaplasty surgery:


“As grooming habits and fashion have become more revealing over the years, women’s awareness of the appearance of their external genitalia, the labia minora and labia majora, has also increased.  It is now quite common for women to shave or wax their pubic hair, making the labia minora and labia majora more visible while clothed or unclothed.  Women with enlarged, dark, or long labia minora and labia majora are often embarrassed by their appearance; shaving and waxing in this area serves to make enlarged labia even more noticeable and embarrassing.  Additionally, workout clothing has become tighter and more fashionable, sometimes highlighting or worsening the appearance of large labia.  Similarly, women today are more active than they once were.  Women now routinely participate in aggressive workout routines and sports that can aggravate, worsen, and cause pain for those patients with enlarged labia majora and labia minora.  Finally, with increasing access to the internet and communication, it is easier than ever for a woman to compare herself to other women and notice if she does not “look normal down there”.”


Why Are More Patients Choosing to Have Labiaplasty Surgery?special-labiaplasty-2

Here, Dr. Temmen explains why she thinks an ever-growing number of women are deciding to go ahead with labiaplasty surgery:

“Essentially, labiaplasty techniques have become gentler, risks have been decreased, and labiaplasty recovery is faster than ever before.  As women become more aware and/or unhappy with the appearance of their external genitalia, they look for ways to improve it!  As the national discussion over labiaplasty grows, women are becoming more educated on their options for labiaplasty surgery, the costs of labiaplasty, risks associated with labiaplasty, and how to pick the best labiaplasty surgeon.  Labiaplasty techniques are evolving as well.  As more and more plastic surgeons perform labiaplasty surgery, older, more aggressive approaches give way to gentler, more effective, and less risky labiaplasty surgery.”


At the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa, Dr. Temmen usually performs labiaplasty surgery under local anesthesia (i.e. with the patient awake) in less than one hour.  She performs labiaplasty surgery in an outpatient setting, with the patient going home the same day, and with the patient often able to drive to and from the surgery.  Dr. Temmen usually uses the “inferior wedge” labiaplasty technique.  This evolution of the original labiaplasty technique avoids long, potentially painful scars on the edge of the labia minora and decreases the chance of postoperative complications.  Dr. Temmen knows how important a fast recovery is to her patients.  Because of this, Dr. Temmen pays particular attention to helping her patients avoid postoperative swelling and bruising by stressing the importance of compression and activity modification during the first few days following labiaplasty surgery.  It is because of her meticulous attention to detail and easy communication that Dr. Temmen’s labiaplasty patients have exceptional results as well as an easy, speedy recovery.


What Changes Do You Expect in the Field of Labiaplasty?


When asked how she thought the field of labiaplasty might continue to evolve, this is what Dr. Temmen had to say:


“Because of its increasing acceptance, improved surgical technique, and relatively low cost, I think the popularity of labiaplasty surgeries performed in the United States will continue to rise.  However, like with any other popular cosmetic surgery procedure, this also means that more and more unqualified and poorly trained practitioners will try to “get in on the action” and try their hand at labiaplasty surgery, as well.  Unfortunately, it will be up to the patient to do their research and find the best labiaplasty surgeon they can.”


To this end, Dr. Temmen suggests that women interested in labiaplasty choose a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  She recommends that patients trust their instinct and choose a labiaplasty surgeon they feel comfortable with, can easily communicate with, and believe can deliver the results they are looking for. To book your one on one consultation with Dr. Traci Temmen contact us today: (813) 877-2277 or email




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