Labiaplasty Might Be Considered Cosmetic, But Here’s Why It Shouldn’t Be

One of my biggest questions for society these days is, Why is there only one standard of beauty? It seems that with the help of my plastic surgeon colleagues, young woman everywhere are morphing into doll-like clones of each other, complete with arched eyebrows, a ski jump snout and plump Kylie Jenner lips from the neck up.

Neck down equals augmented breasts, a whittled waist and a big ol’ booty. As a girl who has always had much back, I appreciate that ’9 0s heroin chic built its way out, but at the same day I am very cognizant that God/ Allah/ Moses/ Buddha/ The Universe or who or whatever you believe in, induced many more body kinds than only the hourglass.

There are also many different types of facial features that one can naturally have. Therefore, I am not sure why everyone is trying to look the exact same way these days. More perplexing is how acceptable an immense sum of cosmetic surgery at a very young age has become.It is completely acceptable to consider the face and the body that you are born with as a light suggestion. If you seem completely different than you did say 15, 10 or five years ago, people will still comment on your Instagram selfie with, natural beauty xoxox.

The newest tendency( and as an OB/ GYN, one that I actually have some authority on) is labiaplasty. Labiaplasty is the surgical reduction of the labia minora amongst adolescents and young adults. At the time of puberty, the labia minora( inner vaginal lips) enlarge and grow to adult size. Normal labia minora can vary in sizing, shape and appearance. Asymmetry is common and it is also common for your labia minora( inner lips) to protrude out from your labia majora( outer lips ).

The pornography industry has flooded the market with images of what they consider to be the ideal vajayjay, and since removing all of your pubic hair is in fashion, young women everywhere are starting to look down after their wax and question if they measure up to the images that they have ensure on x-tube.

If a young woman decides that she does not have the new idealized image of a vagina, she is informed by the many advertisements for vaginal surgery that she may find on billboards, magazines or online that she can schedule an appointment for surgical correction.

Most of these advertisements portray the procedure as an easy quick fix. It is important to understand that labiaplasty is not a quick fix. Instead, it is a surgical procedure with hazards. These risks include: the risks of anesthesia, a risk of bleed, infection, pain, painful scarring, painful sexuality afterwards, swelling and damage to your vulva( outer vagina ).

Therefore, these risks shouldn’t be taken lightly.

I do not recommend labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons, but I do recommend it to cases where a woman has chronic physical discomfort from her labia. When this discomfort occurs with exert, sexuality or tight-fitting apparel, it is something that can be considered, but only after nonsurgical measures are considered. This can include supportive underwear, arranging of the labia during exercising, certain moisturizers and the use of formfitting clothing.

If she has pain that is persistent and not easily corrected then, and only then, should surgery be considered, but please do not consider it for cosmetic reasons.

If the man that you are sleeping with is judging you and objectifying you to that degree then it is time to change your man , not your daughter. If you are having a hard time accepting the way you look down there, talk to someone about these impressions. Love your body and take time to appreciate it before putting it at risk by going under the knife.

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