Labiaplasty Confidentiality

Labiaplasty or Vaginoplasty Can Be the Most Important Decision You’ll Make . . . Should You Be Concerned about Confidentiality?

You’ve searched the internet for labiaplasty and find social web sites touting patients who’ve supposedly had a FCGS procedure, or to ask generalized questions that can be answered by a surgeon.  But, is this really a good idea?

Reviewed by Bernard Stern, M.D., FACS
November 18, 2016

Everything you read or say on the Internet is true, right?  Hmm . . . perhaps not . . . not unless the site has been reviewed by a verifiable, auditing organization like HON like this site is.  Even worse, the comments you make on these social web sites could even come back to haunt you or cost you friends, family or even your job.  Every day, you hear about some person who has gotten into trouble because of confidential information they’ve posted about themselves in full public view.  Employers are constantly on the lookout for employee comments indicating behavior, as are law firms and authoritative government agencies about personal information one voluntarily posts for public viewing.  Big brother really IS watching, now more than ever and privacy is a real concern today.

Furthermore, and even more frightening . . . is that when you post questions to these non-private web sites seeking information about a medical procedure, or wish to comment about a surgeon’s capabilities . . . do you really want the world to read that you had a surgery done on your private parts?  Fact is, the majority of these web sites have Terms of Usage conditions and requirements that state your submissions and your personal information, are NOT treated with any degree of confidentiality and you are bound by usage terms that your comments are non-confidential and are publicly available for anyone to view.  Simply said, you waive any rights of privacy.

And does what these people say really have any useful value?  Perhaps a small amount concerning such things about how long the procedure took, and/or if they experienced pain, etc.  Because these are consumers who largely have NO understanding or knowledge of what constitutes a good surgery, versus a not-so-good surgery or anything in between.  Yes, they might offer advice on the surgeon’s office décor, or the staff, but other than that the vast majority of what you read is irrelevant.

Some of these social media “referral” sites allow consumers to ask questions about labiaplasty and vaginoplasty for any surgeon who wishes to provide an answer.  Yet, Medical Boards generally frown on surgeons offering diagnoses without actually performing a detailed evaluation, either in person or on the telephone, and few good surgeons are going to make a comprehensive medical assessment of your specific problem without first seeing you or doing a detailed medical evaluation—not unless they wish to possibly be involved in a malpractice suit or risk a Medical Board complaint being filed against them.

Okay, so what’s wrong with these testimonials and referrals?

Nothing, if one wishes to have knowledge about their genitals exposed to a global audience that can include friends, former/current boyfriends, current and perspective employers, moms, dads, brothers, aunts, uncles, sisters and more.  Ironically, most of the time people who’ve had a cosmetic surgery procedure generally will NOT publicly volunteer information that they had any “work” done.  Let alone work done down there.  Yet, everyday some uninformed prospective patient reads someone else’s comments from undocumented sources, about things that have little relevance to another person’s medical case.

Additionally, just how much value do these broad-statement, unsubstantiated diagnoses, and testimonials have?  The reality is that they are limited in value, because most of what you read is far too general, other than to point you to some surgeon who might have little to no experience in these delicate procedures.  And, while this surgeon may have done a handful of procedures in the last year without complications . . . you could be the patient that has a bad procedure, because of lack of experience, thereby ruining your life.

What really matters, is that the surgeon is trained, experienced and qualified—they’ve performed lots of these procedures.  Most surgeons don’t have the proper training or experience necessary, but those found on this web portal are, because we reject more surgeons than we accept for inclusion.  Even further, participates in surgical and preceptorship training programs with the most respected guru’s in medicine today, something no one else does, assuring that the surgeon you pick DOES have proper training from an expert so your outcome will be good.

Or . . . you can simply post a question on line at a social media web site and hear about how wonderful the doctors’ offices looked or the décor . . . and take the advice of someone you don’t even know.

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