breast aug plastic surgery cosmetic surgeonLabiaplasty’s acceptance as an effective aesthetics surgery to reshape labial lips continues to grow as more women choose to receive the procedure and share their experience with other women. In fact, many women are also electing to undergo this surgery at relatively younger ages before having children.

Dr. Susie Rhee is an expert in labiaplasty, which is also known as labia minora reduction surgery. Dr. Rhee receives patients from Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and surrounding communities for labiaplasty and other cosmetic surgery procedures.

Customizing the Procedure

A number of surgeons still approach labiaplasty with a singular aim to surgically excise the excessive labial tissue. However, a plastic surgeon with advanced training will focus on adopting a customized surgical approach according to the patient’s specific labial condition and aesthetic needs. The surgeon’s goal should be to achieve the desired improvement in labial shape while preserving as much of the outer lip edge as possible in order to maintain natural sensitivity.

This can be achieved when the surgeon tailors the procedure according the patient’s needs, and performs a precise and targeted surgery. Labiaplasty may also be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as liposuction to achieve more effective outcomes in suitable cases.

Fantastic Candidates

Women who are bothered by one or more of the following conditions may make standout candidates for labiaplasty.

  • The inner labial lips hang underneath the outer labia majora.
  • The intercourse involves excessive pulling on the labial lips causing pain and discomfort.
  • The patient is having trouble with maintaining labial hygiene.
  • The patient finds it difficult to wear clothing of choice with confidence due to oversized labia
  • Pain is experienced during specific physical exercises.
  • The patient is unhappy with the poor aesthetic appearance of the labia.

Treatment Options

Surgical excision of labia majora may be the right treatment option if the patient has excessively large labia majora. In some cases, this procedure may also be combined with liposuction. On the other hand, for patients who are unhappy with the under-sized or small labia majora, a fat transfer procedure may be recommended.

If one of the portions of the labia minora is excessive, the surgeon may remove a small triangle of tissue to enhance the shape and size. Labia minora reduction may be combined with the removal of excessive clitoral hooding. This can be done simply by extending the incision between the minor and the majora.

Once the loose tissue has been surgically reduced and adequate hemostasis is attained, a customized closure of the labial reshaping procedure can be performed. In a few cases, laser treatment and dermal filler injections may also be combined with labiaplasty procedure.


Immediate recovery will take place in about three to five days, but proper healing of the treated area will take up to six weeks. During this period of healing, the patient should abstain from sexual intercourse. The incision area should be kept clean to minimize the risk of infection.

For more information of the treatments and procedures offered at this Plastic Surgery Center & Orlando Medical Spa by Dr. Rhee, please contact us at (407) 339-3222 or visit ; ;

Laser Treatments | Sclerotherapy | Varicose Veins | Orlando FLRecovery is an important aspect of any aesthetics or reconstructive surgical procedure. Particularly in case of elective surgeries such as labiaplasty, candidates are more concerned to learn about the recovery process and the estimated downtime in order to make a better informed decision.

Dr. Susie Rhee is a highly trained plastic surgeon providing labiaplasty and other procedures. During the initial consultation, Dr. Rhee will discuss various aspects of the procedure, including recovery. Sh e receives patients from Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and surrounding communities for labiaplasty and other cosmetic surgery treatments.

Immediate Post-op Phase

Following the labiaplasty procedure, which is usually performed as an outpatient surgery, the patient will be moved to a recovery area for one to two hours. Trained staff will monitor the patient for vital signs and attend to her needs until she is in a position to leave.

The patient should arrange in advance for someone to drive her back home from the office of the plastic surgeon. Detailed recovery instructions will be provided to the patient, including advice on her daily routine, activities, pain management, and follow-up visits.

First Few Weeks after Surgery

The recovery process can vary from one patient to another depending on the extent of surgery performed and the patient’s natural ability to recover. In the first 48 hours, the patient may apply ice packs to the treated area to minimize swelling. Pain medications and antibiotics should be taken as prescribed by the surgeon. Patients in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive labiaplasty from Dr. Rhee.

Swelling and bruising is to be expected after the labiaplasty cosmetic surgery, and in many cases, the swelling may persist for about two to four weeks. If at any point, the patient feels acute pain that does not subside with prescription painkillers she should immediately contact the surgeon. Pain medications may cause constipation in some cases. Therefore, the patient may take a more fiber-rich diet to keep the stools soft.

In about a day after the surgery, the patient should be in position to walk lightly around her home. Shower may be taken on the second or third day after surgery. The surgeon may advise the patient not to use tight fitting clothes or thong undergarments for at least a month. Vigorous exercises and activities should be avoided for four to six weeks after the surgery.

More particularly, activities that involve bouncing or jogging should be avoided for at least six weeks. Sexual intercourse should also be avoided for a similar period of time. These restrictions will allow proper healing to take place in a timely manner and application of stress will be avoided in the incision areas.

Incision Care

The patient should take extra care to keep the incision site clean, dry and check it every day for any signs of infection. Absorbent pads may be used to absorb any drainage. In the first two weeks, tub soaking should be avoided. Dry and clean dressings over the incisions may be placed to minimize any moisture accumulation and prevent the chances of irritation from any undergarments and clothing.

For more information of the treatments and procedures offered at this Plastic Surgery Center & Orlando Medical Spa by Dr. Rhee, please contact us at (407) 339-3222 or visit ; ;

shutterstock_102010213Labiaplasty is a proven, standout, and concrete aesthetics surgery procedure designed to improve the shape and appearance of the labial lips. The procedure must be performed by a trained expert in order to achieve the desired appearance without compromising the natural sensitivity of the labial tissue.

Dr. Susie Rhee is a plastic surgeon providing labiaplasty and other procedures. Dr. Rhee will discuss the estimated costs of labiaplasty during the initial consultation in order to help the patient make an informed choice. Sh e receives patients from Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and surrounding communities.

Factors Impacting the Cost

The dollar amount of labiaplasty cosmetic surgery can vary from one practice to another and even from one patient to another at the same practice. The following factors will influence the monetary figure in most cases.

Practice Location

Location of the practice is one of the major factors in determining the cost of a surgical procedure. The average prices are typically higher in major urban centers and cities along the East and West Coasts, as compared to smaller cities and towns in the country. For instance, the cost of labiaplasty in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, FL, and nearby areas may not be the same as the dollar amount in, say, Arizona.

Surgeon’s Fee

The fee charged by the plastic surgeon can vary according to their qualifications, experience and reputation in the field of labiaplasty. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends that patients should choose a board certified plastic surgeon to receive this procedure. Factors such as the surgeon’s fee should be secondary while choosing the right surgeon for this procedure.

Anesthesia and Operating Room Costs

If labiaplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia, the overall sticker price can be impacted according to the fee charged by the anesthesiologist. Whether the procedure is performed at an accredited ambulatory center, a hospital or an in-house surgical suite of the plastic surgeon will also make a difference to the overall impact on your checking account.

Extent of Surgery

The overall length and complexity of the labiaplasty cosmetic surgery procedure will make a difference to its costs. Some patients may need only a margial tissue reduction from the labial lips, while others may need a more detailed reshaping of the labia minora and majora, along with correction of asymmetry and rejuvenation of the clitoral hood. If the labiaplasty procedure is combined with liposuction, fat transfer or dermal filler injections, the overall dollar figure of the surgery will increase.

Average Known Cost

Depending on various factors as discussed above, the average stipulated cost of labiaplasty can vary substantially between two surgeons and even two patients at the same practice. The prevailing cost of the surgeon in the US may range from $4,000 to $8,000, including all major cost components.

Insurance Aspect

Labiaplasty is usually considered as an elective procedure, and the cost may not be covered by the health insurer. However, if the patient is able to show medical necessity due to pain, discomfort, infections, or movement restriction, full or partial insurance coverage may be available. Patients should explore various financing options to pay for the surgery in convenient & sensible monthly installments.


For more information of the treatments and procedures offered at this Plastic Surgery Center & Orlando Medical Spa by Dr. Rhee, please contact us at (407) 339-3222 or visit ; ;

The drug anastrozole cuts breast cancer incidence in half among high-risk post-menopausal women, according to an study just published in the Lancet.

Anastrozole, also known as “Arimidex”, is a type of drug known as an aromatase inhibitor.  It works by reducing the production of estrogen, like its better-known cousin, Tamoxifen.

In the study, nearly 4000 post-menopausal women at increased risk for breast cancer were randomized to receive daily anastrozole or placebo for 5 years. During the 5 years of average follow-up time, breast cancer developed 53% less often among anastrozole recipients (2% vs. 4%). The researchers estimate that 36 women would need to receive Arimidex to prevent one cancer during a 7-year period.

The researchers say their results “strongly support” anastrozole for preventing breast cancer in high-risk women. The once- daily pill is relatively inexpensive, since the patent has expired. And it works better than tamoxifen in this group.

 Now, if they could only come up with something for pre-menopausal high risk women….

In an effort to eliminate the “Pill Mill” situation here in Florida, the State has passed a major new law, which totally reforms how doctors are allowed to prescribe pain medications. As of July 1, 2011, most physicians who are not pain management specialists are no longer authorized to dispense Schedule II or Schedule III controlled substances (i.e. pain medications) at all, with these few exceptions:

– In connection with specified surgical procedures, in certain time frames
– In the health care system of the Department of Corrections
– In approved clinical trials
– Methadone, in a licensed treatment program
– For hospice patients

Not to worry, our surgical patients can still get prescriptions for pain medications for a recent surgery. Additionally, there are also limitations on the amount of medication that can be prescribed at one time.

Now, in order to receive a prescription of pain medications for the treatment of chronic pain, (as opposed to acute post-operative pain) the following items must be completed:

– a written medical history and physical exam
– Written individualized treatment plan for pain management
– Written controlled substance agreement
– Regular follow-up appointments at least every 3 months

These requirements won’t be an issue for real pain management specialists, who do these things already as a matter of routine. Doctors that prescribe pain medication for the treatment of chronic pain must have this status designated on their state practitioner profile, and must meet certain requirements. They will probably be subject to more inspections from the Department of Health.

Editor’s note: I think this law will tighten up a lot of loose prescribing habits. While it means no more office dispensing of pain medications, that is not something I ever did anyways – and if it helps get Florida’s rampant drug problem under control, I’m certainly willing to put up with the special prescription pads and other minor inconveniences that are now required.

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