Really, how could this be: teenage girls are seeking genital cosmetic surgery? How could this come about: who is setting standards on the appearance of vulva? Who even knew there were standards and that vulva can be so easily compared. In addition to that list of questions, why are surgeons performing this cosmetic surgery!!
Gynecologists estimate that they receive regular requests from young women to have their labia minora trimmed and reshaped. This type of plastic surgery is unlike the more ‘traditional’ plastic surgery done on older women who want “vaginal rejuvenation,” tightening the inner and outer muscles of the vagina, as well as often shaping the labia. Young women are seeking this surgery for cosmetic reasons way more often than for medical reasons.
“The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says that 400 girls 18 and younger had labiaplasty last year, an 80 percent increase from the 222 girls who had cosmetic genital surgery in 2014. While the overall numbers remain small, the data probably understates the trend because it does not include procedures performed by gynecologists.”
Without sounding too judgmental (right), I really am stunned by this phenomenon and wonder how could appearance of one’s genitals be so outrageously important. Is this a fad that can be associated with removal of all pubic hair? And are both of these trends a result of the over exposure and influence of porn on our younger adults? This is the ultimate negative result of peer pressure! It seems parental and medical guidance, as well as the influence of lovers (yes even young lovers) would be to discourage anyone from seeking out this option for cosmetic reasons only. The medical risks have not been well tracked but the following are confirmed risks of this type of surgery:
• Infection
• Permanent changes in sensation
• Ongoing pain
• Scarring

To nip this fad in the bud (purposely poor choice of words), it is suggested that women need to hear that their lips are beautiful. It needs to be made clear that every set of lips is unique and there is not one ‘look’ that is fashionable or correct. Research shows that women who are comfortable with the appearance of their vulvas are more likely to be sex-positive and have more orgasms. So compliments are due. Your lips are beautiful: You taste scrumptious; and You feel fantastic. These comments may seem unnecessary because one would have hoped that the wider variety of the shapes/colors and texture of healthy and functional vulva would be more than acceptable. It seems that this is not so. In order to prevent your lover or loved one from taking the unnecessary risk of cosmetic genital surgery, the giving of compliments are encouraged . It certainly is easier to say a few kind words and avoid living with scar tissue and the possible risks of a limited sex life.
Resources:
• http://www.webmd.com/women/guide/vaginoplasty-and-labiaplasty-procedures
• http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/increase-in-teenage-genital-surgery-prompts-guidelines-for-doctors/?mwrsm=Email

• http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/increase-in-teenage-genital-surgery-prompts- guidelines-for-doctors/?mwrsm=Email

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