A cosmetic gynecologist is a type of doctor that specializes in improving the appearance of a patient's genitals through both surgical and non-surgical means. If you have never heard of a cosmetic gynecologist, you are likely not alone. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that only around 10,000 people have labioplasty each year compared to the almost 200,000 that have breast augmentations or the 350,000-plus people that have a rhinoplasty. If you are unfamiliar with what a cosmetic gynecologist is and what they do, here's what you need to know.

What Does A Cosmetic Gynecologist Do?

Cosmetic gynecology focuses on improving the appearance of a patient's genitals. This can be done through a number of different procedures, such as labiaplasty, vaginoplasty, and hymenoplasty. Cosmetic gynecologists can also provide non-surgical treatments, such as laser hair removal and vaginal rejuvenation.

What Is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a type of surgery that involves reducing the size of the labia. The procedure can be performed on both the inner and outer labia and is often done to improve appearance. It can also be done to reduce discomfort or pain during sex or other activities, such as biking or horseback riding. Labiaplasty is usually an outpatient procedure, which means that you will not have to stay in the hospital overnight. The recovery time for this type of surgery is usually just a few weeks.

What Is Vaginoplasty?

Vaginoplasty is a type of surgery that involves tightening the muscles and tissues around the vagina. This surgery can be done for both cosmetic and functional purposes. For example, it can be done to reduce pain during sex. Vaginoplasty is also an outpatient surgery, but the recovery time may take a little longer for most patients.

What Is Hymenoplasty?

Hymenoplasty is an operation that involves repairing or reconstructing the hymen. The hymen is a thin piece of tissue that covers part of the opening to the vagina. It is often broken or torn during sex, tampon use, childbirth, or during athletic pursuits. Hymenoplasty can be done for both functional and cosmetic reasons. For instance, it can be done to reduce pain during sex or to restore 'virginity.'

If you are considering any type of genital surgery, it is important to consult with a board-certified gynecologist who has experience performing these types of procedures. You want to work with a cosmetic gynecologist who can provide individualized care to each and every patient. 

For more information, contact a local cosmetic gynecologist