April 27th, 2016 | Updated on August 26th, 2020
400 girls 18 and younger had labiaplasty last year, an 80 percent increase from the 222 girls who had cosmetic genital surgery in 2014.
- Girls 18 and younger account for almost 5 percent of all labiaplasties.
- A 2013 British report found the number of labial reductions on girls and women done by the National Health Service had increased five-fold over 10 years.
Why there has been an increasing demand for cosmetic surgery among teenagers to trim or shape their external genitalia? What’s driving the trend for labia surgery or Labiaplasty?
Are You Baffled With Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty, plastic surgery on the labia ( (the “lips”surrounding the vagina). Surgery is done on the labia major (the larger, outer vaginal lips), or the labia minor (the smaller, inner vaginal lips). Precisely, labiaplasty changes the size or shape of the labia, typically making them smaller or correcting an asymmetry between them.
Considering this rising trend, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued guidance from its Committee on Adolescent Health Care to doctors, and they have found obsession about perceived physical defects, body dysmorphic disorder which is rather a psychiatric disorder, could be the reason.
Doctors further adds many young girls shave or wax their pubic hair, exposing the genital area. These girls have come of age at a time when they can go online and look up images of the vulva, doctors say. But the images are often air-brushed and do not portray the range of normal variation in shape, color, size and asymmetry, experts say.
Image: Vagina Mondays
Why a perfectly healthy, vibrant teen should be ashamed of her own perfectly healthy, vibrant vagina? Genital cosmetic surgery is not an aesthetic issue. The vagina was once considered an incredibly sacred thing, the gateway between heaven and planet Earth.
Image: Vagina Mondays
The Indian Tantric culture, from 1500 years ago, and the 1000-year-old Chinese Han dynasty; both believed our lady parts were life-giving, and if men ever wanted to reach balance and health in their lives, they had to learn how to properly handle that region of a woman’s body.
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