Ocean Clinic turns the tide for intimate surgery

201711OCEANCLINICDr Kai Kaye and his team at the Ocean Clinic Marbella are highly respected for the work they do in bringing the most advanced surgical techniques to the Costa del Sol. They have recently added a new surgeon to the team, Dr. Sonja Kästner from Germany, who is expert in two of the newest trends – penis enhancement and labial reconstruction. Society had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Kästner about her work, her training and what she loves about working in Marbella.

What made you choose plastic surgery as your specialism?

SK: During my training in Cologne I naturally followed the rotation through all kinds of medical disciplines including emergency medicine and general surgery. However, when I completed my doctoral thesis on experimental pharmacology in 2012, I ended up taking a residency at the renowned Cologne-Merheim clinic that is a leader in plastic, aesthetic, reconstructive and hand surgery. It is also the country’s second largest centre for treating burns. While I was at this clinic, I gained profound knowledge of reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, hand and body traumatology, and of burns. I didn’t start my career with the idea of becoming a plastic surgeon; you could say that plastic surgery found me.

What attracted you to working at Ocean Clinic?

SK: I started at Ocean Clinic in 2016 as part of finishing my residency training. I had met Dr. Kaye five years earlier at a conference and I really admired his approach to this surgical discipline and his enthusiasm for cutting-edge procedures and keeping a leading position in this community of surgeons worldwide. So, I was very happy to come back here and work for two weeks out of every month in Marbella. I then go back to Cologne for the rest of the month, where I work with the Dr. Timo Spanholtz at the Praxisklinik am Rosengarten. It is thanks to his work there that I am able to bring some new procedures to Ocean Clinic.

Do you see trends in plastic and reconstructive surgery?

SK: Yes, for sure. I mean recently we have had the butt lift trend. One of my areas of expertise is liposuction and its associated procedures, but the new trend that is coming is for penis enhancement and labial reconstruction. Both are in areas that people are reluctant to talk about, but I’m seeing much more open-mindedness about them, especially in my home country.

What is the demand for these procedures in Marbella?

SK: Well, it looks like it is going to be a big trend here. We are performing two or three penis enhancement procedures weekly and Ocean Clinic is the only facility in Marbella that offers this operation. I am hoping to develop the same demand for labial reconstruction for women. There are so many women who suffer emotionally and physically from irregular or hypertrophied labia, sometimes caused by sports such as horse riding and cycling, or by childbirth, and it is a problem that can be quite simply corrected with surgery.

I’m passionate about helping women to feel happy and confident in their bodies. Some, people think that cosmetic or reconstructive surgery is just vanity, but for a woman, or man, who struggles with any aspect of their physical form, it can have a very negative effect on their quality of life, especially their emotional state.

Could you tell us a bit about the penis enhancement procedure?

SK: There are different techniques, and I prefer to use the one that is a combination of a penis enlargement to increase the length and a fat transfer to augment the thickness. The penis enlargement is done by cutting the ligament that pins the penis to the pelvic bone. The erectile tissue is attached to the pelvic bone through that ligament and, due to this, between one to four centimetres are hidden inside the body. If you cut this ligament you can pull the penis out and gain length. Of course, we don’t know how many centimetres a man will gain until we perform the procedure. Men can be confident that they won’t lose any erectile function. We also take fat from another part of the body and inject between 20 to 50 millilitres directly under the skin of the penis, around the shaft and this gives about one to two extra centimetres of girth.

What is your advice to anyone who is nervous about having this procedure or any other reconstructive surgery?

SK: I always advise people to come to the clinic first. It really helps to take a tour of the facilities, because then you can see how high our standards of hygiene are, how friendly and relaxed the atmosphere is and they can also ask the staff all the questions they have. It’s also important of course to meet the surgeon who will be performing the operation. Trust is very important with any surgery and plastic surgery is no different.

What are your plans for the future?

SK: To keep working at Ocean Clinic and in Cologne and to continue developing my professional expertise and skills by attending conferences, which is where surgeons learn about the latest and most dynamic techniques.

Thank you Dr. Sonja Kästner for taking the time to talk to us. Your enthusiasm for your profession and your surgical discipline is inspiring.

If you are interested in discussing the procedures offered by Dr. Kästner, or any of the others offered at Ocean Clinic, please contact them at:

Av. Ramón y Cajal, 7, 29601 Marbella, Málaga

Tel. +34 951 77 58

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