Voiceover: 45 year old interior designer Alison is deeply embarrassed by her vagina.
Alison: I remember when I was 16, I just seemed to have a little bit of extra skin and I thought ‘is this how it’s supposed to look’? I don’t even really remember why I thought it wasn’t quite normal but my ageing process has made my problem worse. I think it’s saggy knees and wrinkles, everything goes south including that. It’s all vain stuff but you know it really matters when you are 45.
Voiceover: Newly single, Alison is all in a flap when it comes to exposing herself to a new partner.
Voiceover: She’s plucked up the courage to visit our clinic.
Alison: The debilitating factor for me is psychological, it’s mental, it’s what I will and won’t do in the intimacy of my bedroom and that means that I won’t easily undress in front of somebody. I won’t do certain acts of sex. Maybe I’m neurotic but it matters to me and that’s all I care about really.
Dr Pixie: What can I do for you?
Alison: It’s very embarrassing. I have a worrying concern down there.
Dr Pixie: Women’s bits.
Dr Pixie: Right, ok. What exactly is the problem?
Alison: There is some skin hanging down and being just too much.
Dr Pixie: Does it seem to be on both sides of…
Alison: It’s on the inner part. It’s not really very attractive. I’ve just come to find out if I am normal or not normal.
Dr Pixie: Ok. Well, look Alison. No time like the present. Let’s get you up on the couch and let’s have a look. Now let’s take a look. Alison, you’ve got quite a lot of excess skin round here. Now the skin itself looks very, very healthy alright? So, I can’t see anything that would worry me, alright? Now it might be helpful if we could just get you to stand up. I just want to see how these lips actually protrude and stick out for you, you know, because that’s obviously what’s bothering you.
Alison: Yes. Absolutely yes.
Dr Pixie: From here, I can see straight on that they’re sticking right down aren’t they? Normally you wouldn’t get that appearance. I think I’ve seen all I need to see, I am sure you’re keen to get your clothes on.
Alison: Thank you.
Dr Pixie: Women will come in for a smear or an examination for another reason and they will have a similar appearance to yourself but to some women it doesn’t bother them. Don’t think you’re abnormal or a freak, what you’ve got is a normal variant.
Dr Pixie: I think that we will be able to help you with this.
Alison: So they can help be look ok?
Dr Pixie: I’m not thinking a gynaecologist here, I’m thinking more a cosmetic surgeon.
Dr Pixie: They can do a fairly minor procedure and remove that excess skin for you.
Alison: That sounds brilliant.
Voiceover: It’s good news for Alison. Thanks to her courage, Dr McKenna has referred Alison to top Harley Street Surgeon Angelica Kavouni.
Ms Kavouni: The problem is more obvious on the right hand side; there is a degree of asymmetry.
Alison: It’s horrible isn’t it?
Ms Kavouni: It’s not horrible but there is definitely too much tissue there.
Voiceover: Ms Kavouni suggests a surgical technique to take the weight off Alison’s mind and remove her little secret. Alison is having a labiaplasty where the excess tissue from her inner labia will be surgically removed. Ms Kavouni performed 250 labiaplasties last year for women like Alison.
Ms Kavouni: For other women it is the appearance and it is not a problem the patient will easily talk about and quite often it takes an amount of years to go ahead and do something about it.
Voiceover: When Alison comes round she will be comfortable in the knowledge she will not be going home with these.
Voiceover: Back in the clinic Alison has come to show Dr McKenna the results of her op.
Alison: All done four weeks ago.
Dr Pixie: Right. How did it go?
Alison: Overall I’m absolutely delighted. I’m not too sure it’s finished healing yet.
Dr Pixie: Do you want to pop up on the couch Alison and we shall have a look.
Dr Pixie: So, Alison how much in total do you think she removed?
Alison: Quite a lot I think.
Dr Pixie: I think she’s taken off about an inch and a half.
Alison: Easily. It has got to be, hasn’t it? It’s all gone it’s great.
Dr Pixie: Clearly, we are not even quite four weeks post the operation. Can I get you to stand down because I’m intrigued to know how it looks standing? It is quite incredible. Brilliant.
Voiceover: A month ago Alison couldn’t bear to let anyone up close and personal.
Dr Pixie: What are you looking forward to doing?
Alison: I suppose I’m hoping that the next relationship I have all my insecurities will have completely gone.
Dr Pixie: Best of luck with it.
Alison: Thanks very much.
Dr Pixie: Hopefully it’ll open new doors for you so to speak.
Alison: Yes, well. We’ll see.
Dr Pixie: Thanks a lot Alison.
Consultation: Enlarged Labia
A woman comes to see Dr McKenna about her enlarged labia.
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