What our patients say about Perfecta Cosmetic Surgery
“Labiaplasty – Why Did I Wait So Long”?
“So, I enquired about Labiaplasty when I was circa 19/20 through my GP who offered me a referral to the hospital (after some begging and pleading) to no avail, I was basically told I was normal and this was purely cosmetic. Both disheartened and embarrassed, this route was no longer an option for me as I was not willing to go through the embarrassment a second time.
Fast forward 6 years and I am writing this review. After losing a significant amount of weight and feeling good about myself, My vagina bothered me, still. I toyed with the idea of going private for many years and paying for the treatment however I was always held back with how I approach this, you can search hundreds of private hospitals and the listings of cosmetic surgery are the more common ones – Rhinoplasty, Breast Enlargement etc – So the thought of emailing/Enquiring about Labiaplasty was hands down one of the most daunting experiences ever, but after living with something that I hated for so long, what was the worst that could happen?
So in June 2019 I took the plunge and emailed the Nuffield and I received a response incredibly quickly, may I add a very warm response given the private nature of what I was asking for. I was quoted a price and booked a consultation which was scheduled in for around a week later.
The morning of my consultation arrived, and as you can imagine, I felt embarrassed, vulnerable and quite frankly I didn’t want to go. 3 month post surgery, I’m glad I did. I arrived at the hospital and was seen to on time, I met Dr Dunkin for the first time who immediately put me at ease, of course, for this type of thing, surgeons need to see what they are working with so he did ask to examine me – again, vulnerability and embarrassment overwhelmed me, there was a female nurse also in the room who was also very kind.
The examination literally lasted a minute and I was fully clothed and back to talks with Dr Dunkin, he explained that this procedure is a very simple procedure, although it’s not as common as other cosmetic procedures, he has done them. Dr Dunkin explained the procedure and off I went to think about if I wanted to proceed, it all sounded so easy, not like the battle I tried to have 6 years prior. So I got home and booked straight in – it didn’t take a lot of thinking about as I had been thinking about this for many many years.
I was booked in for surgery a 5 weeks later with a pre-assessment booked in around a week before surgery. So, day of surgery, luckily for me, it was booked in for 7am, I arrived at the hospital in good time and I was shown to my room at 7am prompt. A nurse came down and proceeded with all the standard things before Dr Dunkin came down to see me before surgery – given I was no good to anyone as I was apprehensive and frightened as I had never been under general anaesthetic before – another point to mention, it is general anaesthetic and not local!
Many videos on the internet show the procedure being done under local, I also wouldn’t bother watching them because you will scare yourself half to death, as I did watching them the night before surgery, anyway, I digress… Dr Dunkin was again very friendly, very professional and very empathetic, he asked if I wanted to be awake or asleep for the markings, to be honest, after not looking at my vagina for pretty much all of my life, I didn’t now want to start prodding and poking at it with a stranger to decide which bits to get rid of, so I left this part solely to Dr Dunkin – I just wanted to be asleep and have the whole ordeal over with before I bottled it. I then met the anaesthetist, another very friendly chap and at 8am on the dot, I was taken down to be put to sleep and have my vagina sorted out, i’ll miss out the freaking out part laid on the bed actually getting put to sleep – it was painless to be fair and I was out within seconds but still frightened as I knew the next time I would be awake I would probably be in a lot of pain. Oh how I was wrong.
I was brought round about half 9. 90 minutes out. To be fair, I didn’t properly return to the land of the living until around 11am, spending another 90 minutes drifting in and out of sleep. Surprisingly I was hungry, so I had a Sandwich, and a Coffee and felt absolutely fine, so fine that when my Mum picked me up, I told her I was going to the pub – I mean even at 26 years old your mum can still stop you doing things apparently. So I had my food, I had my drink and before I could leave, I had to have a wee. Oh god – ‘will I be able to wee’ (so dramatic). Of course I could wee, and off I left the hospital at midday, loving life. I had a massive misconception that I would be traumatised and in agony. I didn’t look at my vagina until I got home, and this took me a good 20 minutes to actually do so. I didn’t have any idea what to expect, I mean, everything was swollen and i was bruised in places I didn’t think could bruise, but on first glance, given that surgery was only 4/5 hours prior, I was happy.
So on Mums say so, I went to bed to rest and woke up a few hours later feeling rubbish, I didn’t want to go to the pub anymore. I was sent home with painkillers and I spent the rest of the Friday in bed (day of surgery). I spent the next day in bed most of the day and ventured out on the evening to my friends house for an hour, and by Tuesday I was back at work and by Thursday, yes you guessed it, in the pub. Don’t get me wrong, I was swollen for a few weeks, it hurt to sit down for the first week but by week 3/4, I was pretty much back to normal.
I can single handedly say, it was the best £2500 I have spent and I don’t understand why there are lack of reviews and promotion around this procedure. Dr Dunkin & the hospital staff looked after me so well. My only advice to anybody that is considering this procedure but feels too embarrassed/ashamed/vulnerable to do so, take the plunge, because that was me and if you get the same standard of professionalism and care i received from everyone at the Nuffield, I promise that you will wish you had done it sooner”.
(Labia improvement patient)