Designer vaginas – you’ve got to be kidding. This focus on being perfect, even when it comes to their va-ja-ja’s, just confirms my opinion that today’s woman is moving backwards. I hate to see this happening when so many have worked so hard to help women appreciate themselves from the inside out.
Doctors report children as young as 11 seeking surgery. Yes, you read that right. The concept of beauty has extended from having the right looking cheeks to the right looking genitals.
The hour-long procedure which was originally popular with patients suffering from incontinence or a sagging of the vaginal canal following childbirth, is now more widely used for cosmetic purposes to either to enhance the appearance of the genitalia or boost sexual satisfaction.
While the average age of those requesting the surgery is between 30-45 some doctors are concerned the trend is causing teenagers to become increasingly ‘misled or confused’ about what is normal.
It’s just not right,’ Dr Iglesia, a Washington, D.C., gynecologist, noted in an editorial in the June issue of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Critics believe it is yet another service aimed at women pursuing an impossible ideal of physical perfection, and surgeons say the majority of patients have been influenced by internet pornography and the media industry.
One patient said she looked at ‘a few Playboys here and there’ before opting for labiaplasty
Dr. John Miklos who trained as a gynecologist and reconstructive surgeon, and now calls himself a ‘medical tailor,’ specializes in surgery to reshape a woman’s private parts. On average he performs as many as 180 labiaplasties a year to cut back the skin flaps surrounding the vaginal opening.
There are two main types of procedure available:
Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation
- For women who want to enhance or improve sexual gratification
- Most patients are women who have had children and experience vaginal relaxation
- The procedure enhances vaginal muscle tone, strength, and control
- Effectively decreases the internal and external vaginal diameters
- Builds up and strengthens the perineal body
Designer Laser Vaginoplasty
- Aesthetic laser enhancement for women who are concerned with appearance
- Sculpts and reduces the inner and outer labia
- Reduces excess skin
- Reduces thickness of the labia minora
- Pigmentation treatment to create uniform colouration
- Rejuvenates the relaxed parts of the vagina
- Augment any areas that are ‘flat’ with transfer of fat from other areas
- Removes fatty bulges of pubic area
The growth comes despite a warning from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in 2007 that strongly questioned the medical validity and safety of female genital cosmetic surgery which can cost between $2,500 and $12,000.
One of the major concerns is that many surgeons fail to explain risks, such as infections, scarring, pain and the loss of the very sensations some patients seek to enhance.
‘Even when women are told of potential complications, like insensitivity of the clitoris … they still may be unstoppable if they have the notion that they need a younger-looking or more perfect or more desirable vulva,’ said Harriet Lerner, a psychologist specializing in women’s issues.
Do women really think that men really care if you have the perfect vagina? Not the men I have spoken to.
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