Look in the mirror and realize that everything you see can be treated with plastic surgery. That includes the parts that might be covered by lingerie and underwear. More and more gynecologists and plastic surgeons are treating patients requesting surgeries that rejuvenate the va-jay-jay, with labiaplasty, and vaginal rejuvenation/vaginoplasty, operations that augment and tighten the vaginal area.
Reuters posted a story about the vaginoplasty boom in the United States. The procedure is being requested by women that want a more constricted vagina that may have been stretched as a result of childbirth and/or age. The procedure goes under different names—including vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty, but there can be technical differences.
While its numbers are small compared to other procedures, it is in the thousands. More than 2,140 women had the procedure done in 2010, as quoted by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons; the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons claim 5,200 procedures in 2010. Specialists say that these numbers do not include operations by gynecologists. The costs run between $2,500 and $12,000 and are not covered by insurance.
Doctors say that patients are swayed by the images of porn star genitalia—that are surgically altered and aesthetically do not represent the norm. Plastic surgeon Fardad Forouzanpour cites the “nice and clean-cut” adult video images contrasting from reality, as “it is normal to have some extra skin, or some discoloration.”
Despite the popularity of the procedure, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) questioned the necessity and safety of female genitalia plastic surgery in a 2007 document to member doctors. They debated the subject earlier this year at their annual meeting in San Diego.
Dr. Cheryl Iglesia, a gynecologist and former ACOG member, expressed her doubts about the surgery’s effectiveness and well-being in an editorial in June’s Obstetrics and Gynecology, concerned about the advertised results. “None of these procedures have proven effectiveness, and there is potential for harm.”
Dr. John Miklos, a plastic surgeon, feels that it is the patient’s right to decide on what they want and he tells them that their genitalia is normal. “What is the right size of a nose, or a chin? That’s up to the individual. It’s her right to decide.”