Genital Surgery for Women in Turkey
Cosmetic female genital surgery refers to various procedures for enhancing the aesthetics and function of the female genital. It includes several procedures including Labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction, labia majora augmentation, vaginoplasty, vaginal rejuvenation, and G-spot amplification. A substantial increase has been seen in cosmetic female genital surgeries in the past few years. Labiaplasty procedures in the US went up by 50% between 2014 and 2018 as per research.
As per the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, nearly 200,000 labiaplasty and more than 70,000 vaginal rejuvenation procedures were performed in 2021. Over 4000 Labiaplasties and almost 2000 Vaginal rejuvenation procedures were performed in Turkey in 2021. Over 1,500 board-certified plastic surgeons in Turkey perform various aesthetic procedures including female genital surgeries.
Cosmetic genital surgeries for women include treatments for aesthetic enhancement of the female genitalia. Cosmetic genital surgeries for women include several treatments meant to alter different areas in the genital area such as the labia majora (outer lips), labia minora (inner lips), clitoris, etc. Female genital surgeries include labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction, labia majora augmentation, vaginoplasty, vaginal rejuvenation, and G-spot amplification.
Since the genital area is sensitive, there are certain risks associated with cosmetic female genital surgeries. Here are the risks associated with this surgery:
- Risk of infection
- Blood clots
- Poor healing of the wounds
- Loss of sensation in the genital area
- Skin changes in the genital area
- Anesthesia risks
- Anatomical asymmetry
- High chances of revision
Cosmetic surgeries for female genitalia are not meant for every female. A thorough medical and psychological analysis is necessary to determine if you are eligible for the surgery. Here are the basic requirements for the surgery:
- You are a female over 18 years of age.
- You are sexually active and the appearance of your genitalia affects you psychologically.
- Anatomical changes in the genitalia affect your sexual life.
- You are healthy and do not have any life-threatening diseases.
- You have a realistic outcome in mind and expect changes that are possible.
- You are not a regular smoker or drinker.
- Anatomical irregularities in the genital area also affect your day-to-day life.
The cost of each cosmetic female genital surgery differs. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a Labiaplasty is $3,053 but it does not cover hospital and medication costs. The final fee consists of other expenses such as anesthesia fees, hospital expenses, and surgeon’s fees.
How does Female Genital surgery work?
Female genital surgeries are treatments to alter the appearance and functional improvement of the female genitalia. Female cosmetic genital surgeries include:
A female genital surgery to reduce the size of labia (inner lips of the vulva). The surgery involves shortening or reshaping the skin on the inner lips of the genitalia. The excessive or drooping skin tissue is removed with the help of a scalpel or laser. The entire process takes about 1 to 2 hours and is an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day.
Also known as Hoodectomy is a procedure to remove excessive tissue on the clitoris. It removes and resizes the drooping and hanging skin surrounding the clitoris. This surgery aims to improve the appearance of female genitalia and to maximize sexual pleasure through clitoral stimulation. The surgery lasts for 1 or 2 hours and is an outpatient procedure, allowing you to go home the same day. It is often combined with labiaplasty surgery.
Also known as vaginoplasty is a procedure to tighten the vagina after it loses elasticity due to aging, pregnancy, or injury. The surgery involves tightening of the vaginal muscles to improve sexual life. It brings back the missing excitement and passion into your sexual life. It also treats urinary continence by tightening the vaginal canal muscles. The surgery takes 2 to 7 hours and the doctor may ask you to stay in the hospital for 2-3 days.
A cosmetic female genital surgery to alter the labia majora (outer lips) of female genitalia. The surgery addresses loose and droopy skin on the outer genital lips. It involves fat grafting to aesthetically enhance the appearance of the labia majora. It gives it a fuller effect and enlarges the area. The surgery lasts for 1 or 2 hours and the patient can go home the same day.
Factors to consider before Female Genital surgery
Getting female genital surgery is a major decision so it is important to be mentally prepared about certain things. Here are a few important factors you must consider before the surgery:
- Scarring is an inevitable part of genital surgery and although they lighten with time, they do not completely go away.
- Smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol delays post-surgical healing so prepare yourself to stay away from them before and after the surgery.
- Cosmetic genital surgeries can be expensive and insurance does not cover them unless there is a medical emergency.
- Psychological counseling can help you understand your actual motive for the surgery.
Why consider Turkey for Female Genital Surgery?
Turkey offers a wide range of benefits and perks, particularly if you are coming for medical treatment. Here are factors that give Turkey an edge over other nations for medical tourism:
One of the benefits of coming to Turkey for medical treatment is that you do not have to deal with long visa queues. Most foreigners, particularly Europeans can enter Turkey without a visa and just with a valid ID card. It saves a lot of time and you can plan your trip without any hassle and worries.
The Turkish Health Ministry announced VAT exemption for foreigners who visit Turkey for medical treatment in 2018. It is a state incentive to boost medical tourism in Turkey and to provide convenience to foreign patients. Therefore, medical treatments are free of tax if you are a foreigner coming to Turkey for medical treatment.
Turkey offers a well-established medical tourism sector that thrives due to a web of hospitals, clinics, and agencies that meticulously plan every aspect of your journey. Travel packages for medical tourism cover everything from hotel reservations to airport transfers, hospital transfers, and other important aspects. In 2023, around 7,46,290 people have already chosen Turkey as their medical destination. The total profit earned so far in 2023 by the medical tourism sector in Turkey is $1,033,942. The amount is expected to grow each year with greater medical advancement.
Another perk of coming to Turkey is that you don’t have to wait for months or years for your appointment. Despite receiving hundreds and thousands of patients every season, every patient is given the same level of attention and care. The appointment process is fast and hassle-free.
A staggering 1.2 million Europeans visit Turkey for various tourism. Additionally, the costs of medical procedures here are substantially lower, often up to 80% less, than in other nations. Therefore, you not only receive the best medical care but also get to explore a new country.
Turkey’s renowned metropolitan city, Istanbul is a popular transit destination. It is convenient to find flight connections to almost anywhere in the world from Istanbul. Furthermore, most flights from European countries to Istanbul are only 3 hours long. Therefore, you can find a sense of ease in traveling to Turkey as you can easily find a flight back home.
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How can you come to Turkey for Female Genital surgery?
If you are considering Turkey for male genital enhancement surgery, here is a step-by-step guide on how to book an appointment for the treatment:
Step 1: Get in touch with our representative and share your details
The first step to start the process is reaching out to us and sharing your information.
One of our team members will take down your details including your contact details and medical history.
Here are the tests our representative will ask you to share with them via WhatsApp or email:
- A complete blood profile
- Lower body X-rays (if needed)
- Coagulation tests
- BMP (Basic Metabolic Panel)
- Pregnancy test
Step 2: Travelling to Turkey and Hospitalization
Once our doctors are satisfied with your test results, we will help you sort out your flight to Turkey and your itinerary.
It doesn’t matter which airport you land at we will be there to pick you up and take you to the hotel.
We will arrange your hotel transfers as well to make sure you are sorted throughout your trip.
Step 3: Pre-surgery Check-up
Once you arrive at the hotel, our doctors will welcome you and prepare you for certain tests.
Although we have asked you for certain tests before, our doctors run another set of tests to be safe.
The following tests will be performed before the surgery:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- ECG Test
- Coagulation test
Step 4: Surgery
If the doctors are satisfied with your test results, they prepare you for the surgery.
On the day of the surgery, you are transferred to the hospital and welcomed by the staff at the hospital.
Step 5: Recovery
After the surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for a short while for doctors to monitor your condition.
This is just a preventative step to make sure you are recovering fine.
You may have to revisit after a few days for a follow-up appointment with the doctor.
Step 6: Hotel Transfer
Once you are given a go-ahead by your doctor, we will transfer you to your designated hotel.
The hotel provides a wide range of amenities and luxuries to make sure you are comfortable throughout your stay.
What services do our packages include?
Here is a complete list of services our packages include:
- Preliminary Tests
- Anesthesia Examination
- Initial Examination
- Female Abdominal Etching Surgery
- General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia
- Post-surgery Examinations
- Post-surgery hospital stay
- VIP hotel and hospital transfers
- 3-5 days hotel accommodation
How long does it take to recover from Female Genital surgery?
Patients must follow the doctor’s instructions for safe recovery after genital surgery. The recovery timeframe differs from patient to patient according to their age, health, and lifestyle. On average, the recovery timeline lasts from 4 weeks to 6 months. Here is what patients can expect in the weeks after the surgery:
Week 1: The first week is a crucial period because you just went through surgery. You may struggle to get used to the changes and adjustments needed for a stable recovery. Your doctor will put you on an all-liquid diet for 2-3 days to avoid anesthesia risks. It is also recommended to avoid sex for 2-3 weeks.
Although you can walk around in your house from time to time, any drastic movements are prohibited. You will also be asked to clean the surgical site twice a day including changing the dressing and bandages. Smoking and alcohol can delay healing so doctors specifically ask patients to stay away from them at least for the first 2 weeks.
Week 2: The swelling noticeably goes down at this point. You can start to have normal food with semi-solid foods such as mashed vegetables, rice, pasta, etc. It is better to keep your diet lightweight and digestible at this point.
The doctor asks you to come for your follow-up appointment. Your stitches, if they are not the dissolvable kind are removed at this point. Again, smoking and alcohol must be avoided. You can go back to work by this time and resume most of your everyday routine activities. It is important to report to your doctor if something feels unusual to you.
Week 3: Drastic improvement in the swelling may be seen by the third week. You can resume your everyday activities such as going to work and driving if your doctor allows you.
Week 4: Any swelling or pain subsides by this time. You can go back to your regular life and may also start working out if your doctor allows. It is important to stay in touch with your doctor throughout the healing journey to avoid complications.
Long-term recovery: The full results of the surgery start to appear after 4 to 5 months. Most patients are expected to be in a fully recovered state by the 6th month.
FAQ‘s Genital Surgery for female
Here are common queries about female abdominal etching:
You can opt for alternatives such as fillers and creams but they give temporary results. Psychological counseling may also help you if you are not completely sure about surgical intervention.
There is no particular age for cosmetic genital surgery. However, you must be at least 18 years of age to get this surgery.
An Obstetrician-Gynecologist with expertise in plastic surgery is the ideal doctor for cosmetic female genital surgery.
Cosmetic female genital surgeries include Labiaplasty, Vaginal Rejuvenation or vaginoplasty, Clitoral hood reduction, labia majora augmentation, and G-spot amplification.
Yes, most cosmetic female genital surgeries are performed under general anesthesia.