The Cost of Vaginal Cosmetic Surgery

What does the term "Designer Vagina" mean to you? No, no, it's not the new up-and-coming chick punk rock band, good try though! It is actually a newly coined term used to describe the "ever-so-popular surgically manipulated vagina".

That's right, in recent years, female genital reproductive surgery has become an increasingly popular trend.

In fact, according to a recent study vaginal cosmetic surgery is the fastest-growing cosmetic procedure in the U.K. As if that is not CRAZY enough, plastic surgeons attest that the vast majority of their patients were physiologically normal, with nearly all of them presenting with your average, everyday 'beaver'.

As this suggests, the issue isn't incontinence, or any other medical problem, it's purely misinformed notions regarding vaginal aesthetics. Women with healthy, well-functioning, "run of the mill vaginas" are the one's finding the flaws.

So, what exactly are these young women having done to their 'nether-regions'? Well, for the most part it seems as though it is the opposite of breast augmentation, in terms of women's kooters, less is more: smaller labias, less pubic hair, shrunken clitoral hoods, etc.

In particular, there are two main surgeries performed currently, labiaplasty and vaginoplasty. Labiaplasties are designed to decrease the size of women's labia through snipping and sculpting. Vaginoplasty, on the other hand, allows women to tighten and decrease the size of their vaginal opening.

If these surgeries are a somewhat recent trend, where did these notions of ideal Va-j-j's come from anyway? Is it by constantly subjecting us to pictures of celebrities 'bare Britney's', or is through the ever-expanding pornography industry? Who is to say for sure. What we do know, is that cosmetic surgeries on women's 'who haws' are not decreasing in popularity, on the contrary, they are becoming more common than ever.

But is it really all that bad? Now, there can be positive outcomes associated with cosmetic surgeries on your 'dirty bits'. Women feeling more comfortable with their privates may experience higher sexual esteem and that can lead to greater sexual satisfaction. But do the benefits outweigh the costs?

Are the risks associated with vaginal surgeries (e.g., the loss of sensitivity or painful stimulation) far too great? That is only for you to determine.

However, in many cases, women approaching plastic surgeons are in need of more than just a 'pussy face-lift', there is a good chance that these women have some underlying self-esteem issues.

So, if you really feel as though vaginal reconstructive surgery is the right choice for you, I want you to think...before tightening the soft shell of your pink taco, do you think the answer to your problems can be solved with the simple slice of a scalpel?

About The Author

Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson is a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick in experimental and applied psychology with research interests in sexuality and attraction. Ashley completed her undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin at River Falls in psychology. She is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has moved to Canada for her graduate pursuits. Find out more at Follow Ashley on Twitter and Facebook.

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