It is essential that you quit smoking before surgery. We recommend smoking must be stopped twelve weeks before and twelve weeks after surgery.
Smoking around the time of surgery puts you at a higher risk of wound infections, delay in wound healing and (part of) the vagina tissue, the labia and/or clitoris dying off. Eventually the scars don’t heal nicely and your vagina may not function as well as it should.
We will not operate on you if you have not quit smoking. If necessary, we will use a urine test to determine whether you actually have stopped smoking. If right before surgery it appears that you haven’t stopped smoking, your surgery will be canceled.
You are allowed to undergo vaginoplasty if your BMI value is greater than 18 and less than or equal to 30. BMI value stands for Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI represents the relationship between the weight and height of your body. The attending physician can tell by your BMI value whether you have the appropriate weight for surgery.
It has been shown that people who are underweight (BMI less than 18) or overweight (BMI greater than 30) have an increased risk of thrombosis, wound infections and delayed wound healing during and after surgery.
Calculate your own BMI. Note your weight in kilos and your height in meters. Divide your weight by the square of your height. BMI = kg/m2. Use the table to estimate your BMI or calculate your own BMI. Note your weight in kilos and your height in meters. Divide your weight by the square of your height.