The new normal: Surge in teens wanting ‘designer vaginas’ is down to taboo-free beauty standards, NOT the prevalence of porn
The rate of labiaplasty operations has surged 700 per cent in the last three years
Feminists have long claimed it’s the direct result of online pornography
But one Harley Street surgeon rubbishes this theory in a bold reality-check
Says women should be allowed to make their own decisions about their bodies
Scores of young women are electing themselves for cosmetic surgery down below – despite having no real medical requirement for it, according to experts.Dr Navid Jallali, who has a clinic on London’s Harley Street, says he’s turned down more than fifty young women in the past year who wanted the invasive labiaplasty procedure.
And, contrary to what feminists may assert, it has virtually nothing to do with the prevalence of pornography, one doctor claims.
‘Women are now talking more openly about the appearance of their genitalia, breaking down the taboo and becoming more aware they have options,’ he said.
‘I would suggest this was more likely to be behind the boom, rather than the amount of pornographic images available online. These are genuine reasons and women over the age of 18 should be allowed to make their own decisions about their bodies.’
In the UK alone labiaplasty popularity has soared with most recent figures from the NHS indicating 2,000 women in the UK underwent a labiaplasty in 2010.
The figures represent a fivefold increase in 10 years.
What is a Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin either side of the vaginal opening.
It involves shortening or reshaping the vaginal lips, a bit like shortening a hem on a dress.
It is usually performed by a gynaecologist or plastic surgeon.
The unwanted tissue is cut away with a scalpel or possibly a laser, and the loose edge may be stitched up with fine, dissolvable stitches.
It can be carried out using either a general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation, and the whole procedure takes about one to two hours.
However there is a lack of research investigating how effective this procedure is.
This means there’s no guarantee it will achieve a long-lasting desired effect, and there are short- and long-term risks to consider.
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