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Is the "New Wave of Plastic Surgery" a Good Idea?

Is the "New Wave of Plastic Surgery" a Good Idea?

Do you believe that certain occurrences are really signs with bigger meaning? In this case, I hope the universe isn't trying to tell me something. This morning I was reading Beauty Junkies, a newish book about cosmetic surgery. After finishing a chapter about a woman who had a labiaplasty (plastic surgery on your ladyparts), I fired up my computer to read the morning news... only to find a story about a surgical process that tightens the interior muscles of your ladyparts. (The reason I keep saying ladyparts is that I know some of you are reading at work!)

The story calls that last procedure, along with labiaplasty, the "new wave of plastic surgery." Unheard of even ten years ago, these surgeries are providing yet another way to snip, nip and tuck. Not too many people are going to see this intimate area—not compared to how many people would notice a face lift, for instance—so what's driving women to do this? To find out,

Let's go back to the article, shall we?

“Sex sells, and the media has an integral part in selling it,” said [Dr. David Matlock]. “Women will come in and say, ‘I want to look like this,’ while they hold up a Playboy.” ... “Part of this is the mainstreaming of pornography,” said Dr. V. Leroy Young, a plastic surgeon in St. Louis. “People see images of naked women on magazines and movies and that becomes a reference point of normal.”

Big surprise there. I understand the desire to look good and the pressure to fit an ideal, but this seems a little extreme. Have we become so obsessed with appearance that even the our private areas have to fit an unrealistic ideal? I'm all for wanting to look your best, but I don't think women should feel pressured to look like centerfolds and porn stars—even if they're the ones putting the pressure on.

I think the decision to have cosmetic surgery is a personal one, but I do worry that some people may be taking the concept too far. Are women having these procedures done to feel better about themselves, or is it a detrimental side effect of the popularity of porn? Or am I just a fuddy-duddy? Let me know what you think—I know you've got an opinion on this.


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designergirl designergirl 10 years
I think in most cases it is ridiculous- as I also think breast augmentation is. However, if it makes you feel that horrible and doese create a major self esteem problem for you, why not get the surgery. You have to decide if its the right option for you, emotionally.
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
Simply put this is DISTURBING!!! Pretty much all of it is to me...why not spend your 15 grand on some really good therapy ladies, men, ect.!?!?!? as to why you think you need this sh*t in the first place. The only time I agree with plastic surgery is when its actually referred to as reconstructive. As to when people are born with severe birth defects or if you've been in a horrible accident... This is so sad that us "women" play into this sort of thing, and then we b*tch about how it's so so hard to be accepted by society and how tough it all is. Why don't we ALL speak up and say loud and clear that this needs to stop. Oh wait, because we'd be perceived as being b*tchy, well I'd rather be b*tchy than be a self absorbed robotic moron.
darlindiva darlindiva 10 years
*with a man
darlindiva darlindiva 10 years
for those of you who say it's ridiculous or vain or whathaveyou... i'm sure you'd change your tune in an instant if something happened to YOUR ladypockets! i have a friend whose labia got seriously torn during childbirth, and she felt self-conscious even changing clothes in front of people for fear that they might notice the hanging flesh... forget about bathing suits! she got the surgery and she is happy to be just like she was pre-baby. and for those of you who think this might be a side-effect of porn... have you ever SEEN porn star vaginas? i agree with desodaro, who put it quite well. if one was looking for an "ideal" vagina, then i highly doubt a porn star would be one's best example. like it or not, the way your body looks, even the most feminine parts, have something to do with a mate's sexual/physical attraction to you. after all, wouldn't you be less inclined to become sexually involved man with odd-looking genitals, or at least think twice about it? just a thought.
Lucky-Penny Lucky-Penny 10 years
I read an article recently that plastic surgeons are blaming the trend on the hair do that people are choosing for down there. If you decide to be a "bald eagle" as they called it, then there is a lot more room to see a fault down there. Then again I read this in a local Scottsdale magazine & people here are the vainest of the vain!
redpolkadots redpolkadots 10 years
As far as plastic surgery goes I'm behind anyone who wants to have something corrected that is a significant self-esteem drainer and they have legitimate reason for thinking so. For example they want to get a mole removed from the end of their nose or their ear modified to match the other one, etc etc. However a surgery that intimate has got to come with some fairly high risk, and to undergo it purely to keep up with an image of sexuality that isn't realistic, or even intended to be, seems irresponsible and somewhat desperate. Porn stars aren't meant to represent women, they're meant to represent sex toys. There are plenty of plastic lady replicas out there that men can choose over women should they so desire, but I'm going to stick it out with the natural version.
JENNY_ JENNY_ 10 years
i can totally understand it, cause i'm in this kind of situation, and have been thinking about surgery, first of all it's not very comfortable and i feel ashamed when i walk in a bikini. so i think that if you knew how it looks like and feels like you would rethink.
zc zc 10 years
i read a couple articles on procedures like you've meantioned as well as other odd ones in cosmo a while back...i personally think its ridiculous, when will the obssesion with so called perfection stop? whats next so called perfect intestines? i think it's sad that these women aren't cotent with what they got and feel the need to mimic porn models.
BlackPowerBunny BlackPowerBunny 10 years
this is just silly and a waste. we obviously have nothing else to do with our time or money. i can only imagine what's next.
desodaro desodaro 10 years
The freaky thing is if people are taking pics in of porn stars and saying they wanna look like this, YUCK!!! I've seen porn, bleh, and most guys who watch a ton will tell you when if you want an example of "ugly" down there watch a hardcore porn all the way through, you'll see plenty examples of what all that uh...wearing out does to their goods. Ha, I know its not nice to laugh at other's misfortunes, but didn't Jenna Jameson just have vaginal reconstruction because hers was so tired (I'll be nice) and the surgeon messed up somehow? How do you fix something like that once its messed up? Thats gotta suck, especially for her, her V being her money maker and all.
chaboogie chaboogie 10 years
you know, honestly, these people who are getting it done are typically 40-50+ or older, but for us, the younger generations, i think it's safe to say we are more educated than that and we are more realistic. however, with a lot of this stuff going around on television and on the internet, i think teenagers might get the wrong impression and think this is suitable..
madhatter madhatter 10 years
Let's be honest. If you're naked with a guy, I'm pretty sure he won't be thinking, "Hm, her labia is slightly lopsided. She should get that fixed." This is so ridiculous, unless you've had kids and miss your old pre-baby lady parts - and even then, I still personally wouldn't do it.
calamityjen calamityjen 10 years
Yikes! One thing that really bothers me about this particular surgical procedure is the risk of infection...any time you're messing with things below the belt, especially in a female, it's easy to introduce's just a more delicate area, hard to put dressings on, hard to keep clean (at least harder than other areas of the body). I work in the medical field and have seen lots of problematic things happen when the "ladyparts" have been cut on!
ducks ducks 10 years
Lipo of the mons is very popular.
wowjules wowjules 10 years
If I got a hysterectomy, I might consider getting a labiaplasty. Though, I have no desire for my "lady parts" to look like that of a porn star, so no thanks.
sinsational sinsational 10 years
I agree with candy apple, there are a lot of women with abnormalities in the labia that makes them uncomfortable, and as everything that bothers you, if you can fix it, just do it, no matter what, no biggie with that, it's all about "you" feeling good, I mean, YOU feeling good, not for THE OTHER ONES. It's all about self steam
mominator mominator 10 years
Like a few others I had never heard of this until I saw it on Dr. 90210. Now I would have the surgery. If it makes you feel more beautiful I do not care what the body part is I say go for it. It is no different than women putting on makeup except that you are getting a little help from someone else. Props to the ones who are brave enough to do any of it.
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 10 years
Just about nothing shocks me any more. I agree with candy apple. Just because I wouldn't get it done, it doesn't mean that I can even guess how other people feel. Live and let live.
candy-apple candy-apple 10 years
also i think it's a bit hypocritical to say that "omg- since when do women worry about that area of their body??" when the majority of adult women out there either shave, trim or wax if not the whole of their pubic hair (hello- brazilians) then at least the bikini area.
candy-apple candy-apple 10 years
this seems pretty weird to me too but let's not judge too fast here. you do realize that same as any other body part, our vaginas aren't all built the same. i'm not even talking about esthetics here. i'm talking about what's considered "normal" or not. for instance i have a friend who's incredibly self conscious because of exactly that part of her body ( as you can imagine she's a very good friend which is why she chose to confide this to me). some women are born with inner labia that are so long they protrude and are actually visible if she were to stand up naked (it would be like two bits of pink flesh hanging out). it's pretty rare but not that uncommon. and i actually would understand someone in that situation to get a procedure. i mean if you're not against plastic surgery in the first place (i am), what difference would it make to you to fix distened earlobes or distended labia?? i mean if you're single and a tad insecure to begin with, it could be a major issue.. especially when it's to such an extent that you can't wear a skimpy bikini without worrying someone would notice a bulge of flesh there. just my opinion- sorry to disagree..
xrockette19x xrockette19x 10 years
can you even imagine the recovery from this?? owwwwww! i also think it is beyond ridiculous.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
KrisSugar and Bella said it.
redsugar redsugar 10 years
omfg. Labiaplasty?! Are you kidding me? If you are unhappy with your labia you should probably talk to a professional first. There are probably other issues that need working out.
Marci Marci 10 years
This is when I know that the plastic surgery obsession in this country is totally out of hand.
karisaamy karisaamy 10 years
I remember seeing it on Dr. 90210 and thinking, I didn't even know people would actaully want that done. Next thing you know women will just get it done after they have their kids. Scary...
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