Posted by: Tony Carson | 11 November, 2009

On labioplasty and hypertrophy

Wow, vanity knows no bounds.

You know those little folds of skin that protrude from women’s vagina lips? No? I didn’t either. They’re called hypertrophy and they’re a big problem for some women; they’re an embarrassment.

So they deal with it. For about $4,000 in Britain they can get an operation to reduce that pesky tissue … and in the process put their health at risk.

Labioplasty, or a lust for a “homogenised, pre-pubescent genital appearance,’ is an unknown quantity in the UK, although the procedure on the NHS increased over the previous year to 1,228 cases.

But it has its risks reports the BBC article New warnings on ‘perfect vaginas.

It is now well documented that women who have undergone such circumcision are more likely to experience significant tearing and bleeding after labour and even the death of their babies, problems which are overcome by Caesarean delivery.

Blame it on the ‘Lad mags’

“Lads’ mags are looked at by girlfriends, and make them think more about the way they look. We live in times where we are much more open about our bodies – and changing them – and labioplasty is simply a part of this.”

Terrorise patients

Angelica Kavouni, a cosmetic surgeon who carries out labioplasty, said it was wrong to “terrorise patients” with suggestions of long-term consequences.

“This is a procedure which we have been doing since the 1970s. Any operation performed poorly carries risks, but when it’s done properly there are very few issues at all.

“I have seen women who I have sent away because I don’t think they have a problem, but for women with serious hypertrophy – when the tissue is dark and hangs down – there is a simple way to deal with it. The feedback I receive is very positive indeed.”

There are no reports of men trying to deal with their own version of hypertrophy. That may be because a knife might be involved.

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