Grwoing number of women are owning up to being unhappy with how their genitalia looks.
BBC’s Newsbeat is reporting that a rising number of women are undergoing vaginal surgery in order to improve the appearance of their genitalia.
Treatments such as labial reduction are increasingly popular in the UK and in America. Women often undergo the treatment in an attempt to get what they might perceive as the ‘perfect’ vagina.
Labial reduction is often performed on women who have irregular or slightly longer labia than usual. Not only can this be uncomfortable, particularly during sexual intercourse, but it can often prove to be embarrassing for women as well. The procedure itself reduces the size of the labia and the effects are often permanent.
According to Dr Helen Colen, interviewed by Newsbeat and is a plastic surgeon in Manhattan, there has always been demand for vaginal reconstruction, but women have not always felt comfortable asking for it
“Today people examine everything and every part of their body. Today the vagina is not such a taboo as it was years ago.”
In the last five years, the number of labial reductions carried out by the NHS rose from 400 in 2000 / 2001, to 800 in 2004 / 2005. It can cost anywhere from £1,000 to £5,000 depending on the specifics of the treatment involved.
Women who have long or unequal lengths of the labia mirrors can have them reconstructed aesthetically. It is not uncommon for a woman to be dissatisfied with the appearance of their genitalia, be it from elongated inner lips or unequal symmetry.
Surgery can restore the ‘normal’ look of the vagina. Once performed, the surgery is often undetectable in most cases, especially once they have healed. Patients have often been very satisfied with the results.
You can read more about labial reduction here at Cosmetic Surgeon. Only after an in depth discussion with your surgeon will you be able to decide if the treatment is right for you. Together with a specialist in the area you can discuss and debate the risks and possible outcomes of the procedure. 1000s of women can benefit from the treatment every year.