Vaginal plastic surgery on the rise, but at what cost?

September 5, 2012

Vaginal plastic surgery on the rise, but at what cost?
Vaginal plastic surgery on the rise, but at what cost?

There's no denying the popularity of plastic surgery, and though more men have been undergoing cosmetic procedures, the majority of patients who go under the knife are still women.

The most popular procedures for women are breast augmentations, liposuction, tummy tucks, breast lifts and eyelid surgery, according to 2011 data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Such procedures are tried and true, and have been shown to boost self-esteem and leave patients feeling better about their bodies. But a plastic surgery procedure that has been gaining popularity is causing some medical specialists and cosmetic surgeons concern - vaginal reshaping.

It may sound unconventional, but thousands of women undergo vaginal plastic surgery every year, according to Reuters. This could include surgical tightening, shaping of the labia and G-spot amplification using fillers. Some women complain that they no longer feel stimulated during sex, but others come to their doctor because they feel that their genitalia isn't as attractive as it once was, or as what they've seen on television and the internet. 

"Women come to me and say they don't have the urge to have sex anymore because they don't feel anything," an Atlanta-based plastic surgeon who has performed gynecological surgery for two decades, told the news source. "I guarantee that if a man didn't feel anything, he wouldn't have sex either."

Other doctors, including some board-certified plastic surgeons, are more wary of the procedure, saying that it is not proven to help with stimulation, but it could cause negative side effects. Scarring and loss of sensation are just some of the risks involved, but the main concern is that these women have unrealistic expectations of what they “should” look like.

That's why it's essential for patients to visit a qualified surgeon before agreeing to participate in any cosmetic procedure, ASAPS reports. Doctors with experience will be able to talk about a patient's options, potential risks of surgery, and provide before and after pictures to help their clients get a better idea of what results are possible. 

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