We hope this FAQ helps answer some of your questions! Please remember that plastic surgery procedures should always be performed with a good understanding between patient and doctor of realistic expectations, and with an emphasis on safety.
What is your cancellation policy for consultations?
Is there a consultation fee?
Why is there a consultation fee?
The consultation is probably one of the most important steps in the entire process. During that visit, I take the time to understand specifically what your concerns are and what you are hoping to achieve with surgery. I will also perform a detailed history and physical exam and review with you a customized surgical plan. I will describe the procedures with you in detail and answer all your questions. Because I perform the consultations myself and there are limited consultation spots available a week, the consultation fee is $500 and goes towards the surgical procedure. I also offer video consultations for out-of-town patients. If you have general questions you would like answered, you can set up a free phone consultation with one of our amazing phone consultants.
Can I have surgery the same day or in the same week as my consultation?
I have a pre-existing health condition. Can I still have surgery done? (Ex. Diabetes, Asthma, Anemia, etc)
Is the consultation fee refundable?
When is the consultation fee due?
How does a Video Consultation work?
After you have scheduled your consultation, our office will email you an invitation to sign onto OnPatient, our patient privacy secure electronic medical system, where you will fill outpatient consent forms, and upload your photos.
My family and I are both interested in surgery. Can we have our consultations together?
Does Dr. Cat operate on men?
What does labiaplasty do?
I need labiaplasty but also bladder lift, does Dr. Cat do that?
What causes enlarged labia?
Do patients have better sexual sensation after labiaplasty surgery?
Do you ever remove the clitoral hood when performing labiaplasty or does that reduce/ increase sensitivity once it’s removed ?
How does vaginal rejuvenation actually work?
I have one labia bigger than the other one. Can I do something about it?
Asymmetry is very common- in fact, almost half of the patients I perform Labiaplasty on are for the asymmetry. (See before and after gallery). I have patients who range from 16-60 who have this surgery done.
Why do women care about the way their vaginas look anyway?
The vagina is one of the most important parts of the female body. The vagina should be revered- it is where life is created! Feminine power is one of the strongest forces that exists. And when it comes to intimacy, women want to feel confident about the way they look in this area. They don’t want to have discomfort when performing activities they enjoy, like yoga, spinning, working out, or worrying when wearing tight leggings or jeans from rubbing. Women should be able to embrace loving their vagina and caring for it like the rest of their body. I am passionate about breaking down any social boundaries or embarrassment when having conversations about the vagina or labia. Many of my patients have suffered for years with discomfort, afraid to talk about the subject. Women should be able to feel comfortable talking about and loving all parts of their body.
Does labiaplasty improve sexual feeling?
Most of my patients feel a significant improvement because the excess tissue pills or causes discomfort during sex. Also, excess clitoral hood tissue sometimes blocks the clitoris, so trimming it helps many with sensation or makes it easier to orgasm. Also, because my patients feel more confident about their intimate area looks, many report an improvement in their sex life.
Do you stitch the labia after cutting extra skin?
Over the years, having done hundreds of Labiaplasty surgeries, I have developed a unique and personal technique that involves artistic and meticulous shaping and suturing. The surgery takes me 3-3.5 hours, and I use magnifying lenses for extra precision. Millimeters matter to me! If you inquire about labiaplasty, make sure to ask about the technique. Like everything else, it’s extremely important.
Can you drive after labiaplasty?
You should avoid driving or anything that involves sitting directly on the surgical site the first few weeks after your procedure. Driving may be uncomfortable due to the remaining swelling so it is best to take it easy and listen to your body.
Will my future sexual partners be able to tell I had this procedure done?
No. They will not be able to tell you ever had surgery done! I have authored a book chapter on this subject in the International Textbook of Aesthetic Surgery and have perfected my technique even more since then with the thousands of labiaplasty surgeries I have performed. As I perform many vaginal rejuvenation procedures, I often see my post-op patients many times after surgery, and honestly, I can usually not find the scar. I believe that in such a sensitive area, it is critical that it not look like surgery was ever done. There is also no post-op pain and a quick recovery. With the technique I have developed, my patients are able to achieve unparalleled results.
How does labiaplasty improve sexual feeling?
Are any of the women you’ve encountered having these procedures to feel more sexually appealing? Or is it something different?
Is labiaplasty painful and how long is the recovery?
Can labiaplasty fix asymmetry?
Can liposuction be performed in the mons pubis or FUPA?
Does Dr. Cat do the “wedge” labiaplasty technique?
I have developed a special technique that precisely shapes the labia and clitoral hood if necessary. The “wedge” technique takes a pie-shaped piece out of the labia which leaves behind the dark wrinkly edge that most women don’t like. Also, the wedge technique produces a suture line that is horizontal to the natural curve of the labia that makes it very visible and often pulls apart. I have performed many revisions on wedge labiaplasty surgeries.
Is labiaplasty procedure painful and how long is the recovery?
Does it hurt or burn while peeing or period?
Why is labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation important?
Many women seek labiaplasty, so they feel more comfortable in tight clothing. Less rubbing and pain with exercise, so there is less pinching with various activities and intercourse. Many women want to have their labia symmetric tucked in shape for aesthetic reasons or to feel more confident.
Vaginal rejuvenation helps restore collagen after childbirth or aging and helps increase sensation, tightness, moisture, and smoothness of the skin.
Why is it important! Vaginas are important! Vaginas are the gateway to life. We should cherish it as we cherish the rest of our body.
I’m always having to tuck in my lady parts. Does labiaplasty help with this?
Yes. My labiaplasty patients tell me that they feel like they always have to tuck in the excess labia when they are wearing yoga pants, swimwear and leggings. It is not just for aesthetics, it significantly helps make women feel more comfortable without rubbing, tugging, pulling constantly on the excess labia.
I saw other doctors “after” and it looked weird with bumps. Yours look pretty and natural. Why?
‘I’ve done alot of revision labiaplasties on patients who have had this surgery elsewhere and I understand and know what you mean by the bumps. The bumps have to do with irregular and large suturing of the edge. I have developed a special labiaplasty technique that creates pretty and natural results. The surgery itself takes anywhere from 3 to 4 hours. I think it is super important to make it look like nothing was ever done, the suture line is invisible, and it looks natural.
Would you (have you already) had the labiaplasty done?
No I have not had this surgery done, but I totally would. In fact, I would love to have it done if I could find someone who could use my technique, who would be as artistic with the shaping and meticulous with the closure and the suturing. I do however do the vaginal rejuvenation treatments on myself because it helps restore collagen, increase blood flow, increase sensation. It is good for overall vaginal maintenance and keeping everything down there looking youthful.
Is the surgery painful? Does it hurt to pee after?
I have developed a special labiaplasty technique that is really gentle and has little to no pain. Most of my patients take one, maybe two tylenol. I have a special way of closing the edge that is water tight, so it does not hurt to pee.
Do you ever remove the clitoral hood when performing labiaplasty or does that reduce/ increase sensitivity once it’s removed?
Does Labiaplasty help remove saggy labia majora?
It does not. Labiaplasty only removes excess labia minora and sometimes clitoral hood. In addition to being a specialist in Labiaplasty surgery, I also perform Vaginal Rejuvenation Procedures on my patients which use radio frequency technology to tighten the tissues, build collagen to the tissues improving the appearance, and increase blood flow to the tissues which increases sensation and moisture. While labiaplasty removes tissues and reshapes the labia minora, non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatments will improve the remaining tissue and tighten the tissues that have stretched over time. ThermiVA builds collagen and promotes collagen production, so the tightening effect can be felt for up to a month or two after the treatment. Studies have shown that this procedure increases the number and intensity of orgasms on the clitoris and G-spot. Many of my patients do a combination of Labiaplasty Surgery as well as Vaginal Rejuvenation procedures to achieve their optimum results.
Is Labiaplasty covered by insurance?
Is Labiaplasty about vanity or low self-esteem or is it something else entirely? What are women trying to accomplish by having this surgery?
After having their Labiaplasty surgery, women tell me they feel a sense of peace and confidence. They no longer have to constantly adjust themselves to prevent rubbing or pain. They can confidently wear clothing without having to worry about tucking in the labia that show. Many of my patients report they no longer have pain with intercourse. Just not having to worry about or think about their labia or have constant discomfort greatly improves their quality of life. They also feel an increase in pleasurable sensation with intercourse and also that they feel more confident and free in intimate situations.
Does Dr. Cat do Mini Tummy Tucks?
Can you get pregnant after tummy tuck?
Is it better to get tummy tuck before kids or wait until I’m done having kids?
Can you do surgery on patients after a patient has had weight loss surgery?
I have done many tummy tucks on patients after weight loss surgery. It is one of the things I specialize in. If you go to my medical page on instagram @surgeon there are a lot of before and after photos as well as video’s on my IGTV of my patients surgeries. I’d also advise you to read my patient Elora’s inspiring Success Story and how having an Extended Tummy Tuck after significant weight loss changed her life!
What is the difference between a Tummy Tuck and Extended Tummy Tuck?
The only difference between a Tummy Tuck and an Extended Tummy Tuck is that an extended Tummy Tuck is for patients with wider anatomy. I will determine which procedure you need when I assess your anatomy during the consultation.
Why do some patients have the appearance of a camel toe after having a Tummy Tuck with a pubic lift?
What you are describing is usually caused from excess fat in mons area and over-pulling of the pubic area in an unnatural direction. If patients have excess fat I perform liposuction of the mons at the same time as the pubic lift and also I carefully tailor the way the pubic area is elevated. That way the mons and pubic area has a natural and blended shape.
If some women prefer to do mommy makeovers in separate segments (i.e. tummy tuck first, breast augmentation a few months later, lipo after) what surgery would you recommend first and why?
Should I lose all the weight first or is it possible to work on losing weight after the surgery?
Do you do lipo with the tummy tuck?
Do you have to be at a certain BMI before you’ll do a tummy tuck?
If I have diabetes can I get a tummy tuck?
Do you repair umbilical hernias during a Tummy Tuck?
If patients have an umbilical hernia, the hernia is repair at the same time as the tummy tuck by one of my general surgeon collages. This is the best time to repair the hernia since we are both focused on protecting the blood supply to the belly button. Usually during umbilical hernia repair (not done with the tummy tuck) the general surgeon cuts off the base of the belly button and fixes the hernia- but then if patients wants a tummy tuck in the future, the belly button has already been cut off. So if you have an umbilical hernia and need a tummy tuck- PLEASE do it at the same time.
What do you do with the skin flap after a tummy tuck?
The tissue from Tummy Tuck and other surgeries is placed in biohazard waste and disposed of.
Dr. Cat, how do you determine if a patient should have a tummy tuck or liposuction?
A tummy tuck repairs the abdominal muscles, tightens the abdominal wall and removes and tightens excess skin. Liposuction removes and thins excess fat. Patients’ desired goals and anatomy determines the choice of procedure. The best thing is to do a consultation with me and we’ll discuss all options
Can you do Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift at the same time?
I would not recommend this for several reasons. First off, the total amount of OR time is very long. Both surgeries have long incisions and to properly close them meticulously in layers for the best possible scar, it takes a very long time. Second, the tummy tuck pulls the skin downward and this also pulls on the breast lift scars. Lastly, for post op care. When doing the tummy tuck, patients cannot use their abs and must use their arms to pull themselves out of bed, out of a car etc, and for breast surgery, patients cannot use their arms to pull or lift for 2 weeks. Therefore to properly care for each surgery site the best I believe in doing them separately.
What are the benefits of Tummy Tuck surgery?
Can I have a BBL and and Tummy Tuck at the same time?
I am pregnant. How soon after I deliver can I have surgery?
Brazilian Butt Lift
Who Is a Good Candidate for BBL?
Anyone in generally good physical shape and good health looking for a more feminine figure and rounder butt is a good candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. It is important to keep in mind that you will need to have enough fat to donate from other areas of your body to create a nice shape to your buttocks.
Does Dr. Cat perform Butt Implant Removal?
I do not perform Butt Implant Removal. I speicalize in Brazilian Butt Lift with natural fat trasnfer to the buttocks.
My friend had a BBL and was in excruciating pain. How do your patients not have pain for this surgery?
Surgical technique is really the most important thing when it comes to results and post-op pain. If you read my patients’ experiences and their reviews you will see that surgery can be done in a way that’s careful, gentle and meticulous so patients have a quick recovery and no pain.
After a Brazillian Butt Lift does the pants size of the patient usually change?
Do you specialize in revision rhinoplasty?
Is Rhinoplasty Only for Cosmetic Concerns?
I want Rhinoplasty but I don’t want it to be obvious. How can you make it natural looking?
How Soon Will I See the Results of My Rhinoplasty?
Do you do revisions of breast reconstruction post mastopexy?
Do you do implant removal? If so, do you remove the capsule?
Can you have two surgeries like Breast Implants and Labiaplasty at the same time?
If I gain weight after liposuction will I need it again?
Can Liposuction help me lose weight?
I’m fit but I don’t like a pocket of fat that bulges - Am I still able to have liposuction?
Will liposuction hinder my ability to lose weight in areas I did not have liposuction?
Why Do I have to wear compression garments?
Is liposuction Dangerous?
I’ve seen some bad liposuction performed by other surgeons. What happened there?
Do you do Soft Sculpt
Do you dissolve filler?
Can pregnant women get Botox/Filler?
What is non-surgical skin tightening?
Thermi devices are cosmetic procedures that aims to reduce signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. As we get older, our collagen production decreases significantly. This deficiency causes certain age-related conditions like saggy jawlines and forehead wrinkles. These devices can be used on the face, body, and vagina. I offer all three in my office. Please see Thermi Pricing page.
What is Non-surgical Vaginal rejuvination?
How many times do I need to do it?
Most patients require two to three procedures to get the optimal tightness they desire but will notice results with just one treatment.I recommend a few times a year for maintenance.
How far apart should treatments be spaced out?
Treatments should be spaced our 4-10 weeks apart because that is how long it takes collagen to build. Most patients require 2-3 treatments to get the optimal tightness they desire, but you will notice results with just one treatment. After you complete the first set of treatments,
Does Dr. Cat perform Butt Implant Removal?
Can Dr. Cat help me with questions if I’ve had a surgery with another surgeon?
If you have had surgery with another surgeon and have a complication with your surgery or a bad outcome from your surgeon, it is recommended you speak with that surgeon first. I specialize in revision plastic surgery so this is something that I do a lot. I can provide second opinion consultations, but these need to be scheduled as a consultation since the evaluation is usually very complex and detailed. Please have your operative and doctor’s notes and any photos from your previous surgery available for review. This information is very important for me to help you.
Does your office have Mommy Makeover packages?
I want to do a surgery but I’m so afraid of the pain?
My family/friend and I are both interested in surgery. Can we have our consultations together, at the same time?
When can I schedule my surgery?
How soon after breastfeeding would you recommend to come in for a lift and implants?
Can I have more than one procedure done at once?
If I prefer to do mommy makeovers in separate segments what would you recommend first?
I want to do a surgery but I’m so afraid of the pain. What should I do?
Post Surgery & Recovery
Do I need to bring someone with me to take care of me after surgery?
Where can I stay after surgery?
How long before I can workout after my tummy tuck surgery?
Out of Town Patients
Where can I find more information if I’m an Out of Town Patient?
If you need more information on how to be an Out of Town patient, please follow this link. The process is very simple and our surgical consultant can assist you with all your needs.
If traveling from out of state for a procedure, how long until you can return Home?
If you are driving from out of state, most of the smaller surgeries require you to stay about a week after surgery but larger surgeries where drains are placed like tummy tuck or breast reduction may require you to stay longer.
How long do I need to stay in town after surgery?
Financing & Fees
Does your office accept medical insurance?
Can I pay the consult fee or surgery deposit with Care Credit?
How much is the deposit to secure a surgery date?
What bra/faja do I buy?
Does your office accept payment plans?
Why aren’t surgical procedures prices listed on the website?
Does your office offer discounts?
Career & Employment
Can I shadow Dr. Cat to gain experience?
Dr. Cat has served as a mentor throughout the years. Due to patient privacy reasons and COVID restrictions Dr. Cat is currently not participating in any internship or mentoring programs. As soon as she is able, she will provide more mentoring opportunities. Please follow both of her IGs @beautybydrcat @surgeon for any updates.
Does Dr. Cat answer short questions through email to non-patients?
I receive a large number of messages and I love them all. For your personal privacy, I cannot answer any questions via email or to non-patients. Also, when it comes to more specific medical questions, the best way to communicate would be a private consultation in my office or a Video Consultation in order to be able to give a complete assessment of your anatomy, review your medical and operative history, and develop a customized plan. There is also a lot of information about specific surgical procedures on my Instagram page @beautybydrcat @surgeon and YouTube page that we encourage you to use as a resource.