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Red M. Alinsod, M.D., FACOG, FACS, ACGE
The Women's Center
South Coast Urogynecology, Inc.
31852 Coast Highway, Suite 200
Laguna Beach, California 92651
Tel: 949-499-5311
Toll Free: 877-4-UROGYN
Email: info@urogyn.org
Web: http://www.urogyn.org
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About Dr. Alinsod:

Dr. Red Alinsod has been a pioneering vaginal surgeon in this past decade.  He was one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform minimally invasive transobturator slings for incontinence, originated and developed the first uterine suspension approach done through the vagina without any abdominal scars, developed and obtained the patent for a sling with bladder support, invented the Ascend Pelvic Support System marketed by Caldera Medical, designed the shapes of Restorelle Mesh for Mpathy Medical, developed the Lone Star APS retractor (the most popular vaginal retractor in the world), developed the Alinsod UROGYN Scissors, invented and developed the Advanced Infusion Alinsod Pain Catheter System and Alinsod Labial Cathether System.  Perhaps even more important for the art and science of Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery is Dr. Alinsod’s pioneering use of Ellman radiofrequency, or RF, in labial and vaginal surgery.  The surgical device, known as the Ellman SurgiMax, has enabled him to do precision excisions and resurfacing to a level of unheard of accuracy.  The Ellman is 10x more precise than any surgical laser and uses radio waves with its cool tip to gently resculpt vulvar tissues to achieve the desired appearance in a safe and minimally traumatic manner.  Working closely with Ellman, Dr. Alinsod has perfected his approach and techniques, and has developed unique solutions to complex gynecologic issues in vulvovaginal surgery.  

Dr. Alinsod and his Alinsod Institute of Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery are exceptionally proud of the Aesthetic Vaginal Surgeons he has taught and mentored listed on the pages of lasertreatments.com and labiaplasty.net.  Drs. Tom Easter, Oscar Aguirre, Edward Jacobson, Otto Placik, Martin Naughton, Elizabeth Hutson, Michael Safir, and Stefan Smajda all bring stellar surgical skills and accomplished training into their practices.  Dr. Alinsod has passed on his years of experience and surgical pearls to these and many more surgeons in the past decade of his active teaching.

What are the advantages of having surgery by Dr. Alinsod?

Dr. Alinsod has performed beautiful aesthetic vaginal surgery for thousands of women over the past 15 years. He has concentrated his skills in the art of aesthetically pleasing vaginal repairs and has taught hundreds of gynecologists, urogynecologist, and urologists. Fellow physicians, physician wives, nurses, operating room technicians have sought out Dr. Alinsod to perform their surgeries. Furthermore, Dr. Alinsod is always in the forefront of his field and travels extensively to meet and discuss with other prominent surgeons what is new and better for the patient. Dr. Alinsod truly cares for his patients and it is this commitment to service that drives his entire team.

What are the advantages of having surgery in Laguna Beach?

We have some of the finest resort lodging available in California. The Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, and Montage Resorts are within minutes of our office. You can choose to have your recovery at one of these world-class resorts with a home health nurse visiting you or even staying in an adjoining room for total care. Of course you can also stay in the hospital for about the same room rates as these hotels. Believe or not, the views from the hospital rooms compete very well with the resorts!

Dr. Alinsod graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1986 and completed his OB/GYN residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1990. His focus in those early years was pelvic surgery. He was the first Rutledge Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer and Tumor Institute and was also selected as a Galloway Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center.

Red was accepted to Yale’s Gynecologic Oncology fellowship but was unable to attend due to a military commitment with the US Air Force during this time of global strife. His career took a 180 degree turn as he headed the Gynecologic Services at George Air Force Base, CA, and Nellis Air Force Base, NV, as he concentrated on benign gynecology, urogynecology, and pelvic surgery. He was affectionately called a “Combat Gynecologist” by his colleagues. He was the first one to achieve the Accreditation Council of Gynecologic Endoscopy in Nevada. He left the Air Force as a Major in 1994 and joined and joined Facey Medical Group in Southern California. After ten years in Los Angeles, Dr. Alinsod moved his very successful practice to the beautiful coastline of Laguna Beach.

Red is very active in presenting talks locally and nationally and in teaching physicians the art and science of incontinence/pelvic reconstructive surgery. Red’s focus on pelvic surgery to improve patient lives has led to innovations and inventions that will have a major impact on how pelvic reconstructive surgery is performed worldwide. He remains active in research and design of innovative products and procedures.

Dr. Alinsod’s focus is on providing the highest quality of care to his patients in a compassionate and trustworthy manner. He is absolutely thrilled to be part of the South Coast family. He welcomes your correspondence and inquiries.

Dr. Alinsod is adamant about protecting your privacy and will not do interviews with the media. Anonymity is golden.

Is the use of Lasers important?

The laser is an important surgical tool that has many advantages. Certain lasers are very precise and are used as scalpels. Some lasers are ablative (destructive) and used more to destroy abnormal tissue or to resurface the skin. Many dermatologist and plastic surgeons use this type of laser. However, there is no magic in the use of lasers. In fact, other modalities such as radiofrequency cautery units can give more precise cuts and less tissue destruction by a factor of ten or more. Other surgeons will avoid electrical units altogether and use highly precise scissors or scalpel units with excellent results Another way to look at lasers is to realize that it is a tool in the doctor’s bag but that it is not ultimately any better than a cold knife. However, it is undeniable that using the term “laser” adds glamour and a sense of prestige to a procedure. We use the CO2 laser to resurface and tighten the skin in the vaginal region to give it a smooth and refreshed appearance. We use it also to flatten bumps unsightly ridges and episiotomies or prior torn tissues. We have had patients comment that the new skin is “smooth like a baby’s bottom!”

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Vaginal Surgery Costs:

Initial consultations is $250. This includes private time with me for questions and answers and an examination to follow. Labiaplasty $6,000. Vaginoplasty $7,000. Combination labiaplasty and vaginoplasty $12,000.  Clitoral Hood Reduction is $1,700. Perineoplasty is $4,000. Perineorrhaphy is free when part of a vaginoplasty. Laser resurfacing is $1,600. Hymenoplasty is $4,500. Labia Minora and Majora Plasty is $11,000. Vaginoplasty/Perineoplasty is $10,000. Labiaplasty/Vaginoplasty/Perineoplasty is $15,000. Repair of a fallen bladder/rectum/vagina/or uterus is usually covered by insurance. Incontinence surgery is usually covered by insurance also.

Procedures Performed:

Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery/Vaginoplasty

This aesthetic vaginal surgery aims to remove excess vaginal skin to narrow the diameter of the vagina resulting in a smaller and tighter introitus (opening) and vaginal vault. This is usually done in the operating room under general or spinal anesthesia or under local anesthetic with some edation. We use the Ellman Surgitron Radiofrequency device to make exceptionally precise and minimally traumatic incisions. This method is dramatically less destructive than the use of Yag lasers. It takes about 30 minutes to perform. Many advertise this procedure for the “Enhancement of Sexual Gratification” as well as a cosmetic procedure.


This surgery is for the removal of excess, floppy, or uneven labia minora (smaller interior vaginal lips) that often causes chronic irritation, rubbing, or discomfort during sexual intercourse. The term “Labiaplasty” can also relate to the cosmetic surgery of the labia majora (larger outer lips) to make it less prominent and floppy. Labiaplasty is most often done in the operating room but in selected cases surgery can be done in the office under local anesthetic at dramatically decreased costs. The Ellman Surgitron is also the tool of choice. This procedure takes 30 minutes to


This surgery is the reconstruction of the hymen. Cultural, religious, or social reasons predominate when this surgery is contemplated. Hymenoplasty is performed to make the patient appear virginal. It only works for women who have not had vaginal deliveries, and preferably, in those who have never been pregnant. We take advantage of the Ellman Surgitron to make extremely precise incisions into the vagina and remnants of the hymeneal ring to bring them into close approximation to allow delicate sutures to hold the tissues in place. Once healed, the act of sexual intercourse can result in bleeding when the hymen is torn or stretched. This procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes to perform.

Perineoplasty/ Perineorrhapy

The visible area between the vagina and the rectum is called the perineum. This is the region where episiotomies are cut and where tears during childbirth are most common. Perineoplasty (or Perineorrhaphy) aims to make this region appear normal by excising excess skin, loose skin tags, and suturing the underlying muscles or the perineal body closer together to give a more snug feeling in the introitus or vaginal opening. This procedure has been advertised by many to “Enhance Sexual Gratification.” The procedure almost always accompanies vaginoplasty since you are working in the same area. This procedure takes 10 to 15 minutes to perform.

Laser Resurfacing

CO2 lasers have been used for over 20 years to ablate lesions in the vaginal area. Examples include venereal warts and skin tags. They have also been used to treat precancerous vulvar, vaginal, and cervical lesions. We often marveled at the beautiful new tighter skin that grew after a laser treatment. We have used the CO2 lasers since 1986 with excellent success. Now, the CO2 laser is getting more acceptance by other gynecologists as a tool for cosmetic vaginal surgery and resurfacing. Other lasers that have been used in the vaginal region include the Yag lasers of varying wavelengths. Laser resurfacing takes 5 to 15 minutes to perform.

Cystocele Repair

A cystocele is when the bladder falls down and often becomes visible. Urinary leakage often accompanies a cystocele. Cystoceles may cause pelvic pressure or just be unsightly. Cystocele repair (also called Anterior Repair or Anterior Colporrhaphy is the surgical reduction of the bulge to place the bladder back into its normal anatomic location. The traditional repair of plicating or overlapping tissues with suture unfortunately has a very high failure rate ranging from 25 to 60 percent. It is certainly one of the most challenging surgeries gynecologists and urogynecologists perform. More modern surgery treats cystoceles as a hernia of the bladder into the vagina, hence, the use of mesh or donor tissues as a patch or graft has been gaining steady acceptance. We have some of the most extensive experience in this type of surgery in the United States with success rates of about 90% in our hands.

Urethrocele Repair

The urethra is the tube that drains the bladder. The urethra is where you see urine coming out. This structure may fall down just like the bladder does. This often results in leakage of urine when one coughs, laughs, jumps, or bends down. Repair of this organ often means you must place a
mesh below it and support it to stop the leakage of urine. Many women have urethroceles with absolutely no symptoms. No surgery is needed in these asymptomatic patients.

Rectocele Repair

When the bulge into the vagina comes from the rectum it is called a rectocele. As with other forms of pelvic organ prolapse (cystoceles, enteroceles, vaginal prolapse) childbirth, chronic cough, chronic constipation, and obesity are predisposing factors. Symptoms are similar to cystoceles such as pelvic pressure, an unsightly bulge in the vagina, and constipation. Furthermore, the need of reaching into the vagina to push stool out is not uncommon. Surgical repair consists of using sutures to bunch up the bulging tissues together. More modern repair consists of the use of mesh or donor tissues. This newer method gives success rates of over 95% in our hands.

Enterocele Repair

A bulge into the vagina can also be caused by small bowel pushing the vaginal tissues. This is called an enterocele. It can occur at the same time as a cystocele and a rectocele. In fact, we often cannot tell what is causing the bulge in the vagina whether it is bladder, rectum, or bowel, or all! Modern repair uses mesh or donor tissue with excellent success found. This repair is technically quite challenging and few are trained in the modern repair of this problem.

Vaginal Vault Suspension

A vagina that looses its support may come down and out into the open air. The degree of vaginal prolapse may vary from just having the top fall down a few centimeters to ones that completely go inside out. If a woman still has her uterus then this is called a uterovaginal prolapse. If only the uterus falls out and the top of the vagina is still well suspended then it is called a uterine prolapse. Vaginal vault suspension can be done in many ways. Some physicians prefer an abdominal approach to attach the top of the fallen vagina to the sacrum. Some highly skilled surgeons do this laparoscopicaly. The procedure is called a sacralcolpopexy. More often a vaginal approach is performed. The top of the vagina can be sutured to the uterosacral ligaments or to the sacrospinous ligaments. Either approach works well with different complications to consider. A newer procedure called the Posterior IVS (Intravaginal Slingplasty) has been developed in Australia and New Zealand, popularized in Europe, and now approved in the United States. This vaginal approach uses a polypropylene mesh that is attached to the top of the vagina and suspended “tension-free” via two small incisions near the anus and one incision in the vagina. You can view this procedure in my Video Library. The success rates of all methods are approximately the same at 80 – 90%.

Incontinence Sling

The newest and safest trend to deal with incontinence involves the use of polypropylene, an inert nylon-type material, that is placed right under the mid urethra to act as a backboard when one sneezes or coughs to then occlude or block the urethral opening and either decrease of stop the leakage of urine. These procedures are all called “Tension-Free” because the slings are not sutured into muscle, fascia, or bone and are just left alone for ones own fibroblast to ingrow and hold the mesh. You may hear the term TVT or TOT. They refer to the route the slings are placed. TVT, or tension-free vaginal tape can be placed through an incision right above your pubic bone. TOT, or transobturator tape, is placed through incisions on the crease of your inner thighs. These incisions are just about invisible. Both procedures are outpatient surgeries of about 15 to 30 minutes.

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