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Plastic Surgery For "Designer Vaginas" Is on the Rise

Plastic Surgery For "Designer Vaginas" Is on the Rise

It's hard to believe that although women have enough to worry about, some of them worry about having perfect-looking genitals. "Designer vagina" surgery such as labioplasty is still on the rise. A procedure like labioplasty, which starts at $5,000, involves trimming back what might be perceived as a protruding labia. Yikes.

Some critics say that many women go into these surgeries without fully understanding the risks. Will there be complications in childbirth? Will these surgeries affect sexual pleasure? These critics also question whether anyone in the medical community should even perform surgeries to "trim, sculpt and perfect" genitals. Perhaps, they reason, women should get psychological counseling instead of genital cosmetic surgery. (The desire to "perfect" your genitals could be a sign you have body dysmorphic disorder.)

If looking at a picture of a thin, perfect model makes some women seek "perfection" by dieting or exercising, where exactly are women getting their ideas of what a perfect vagina looks like? Porn? Help me out here.

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Allytta Allytta 7 years
worships, sorry
Allytta Allytta 7 years
i wonder where does this notion of genitalia being ugly come from? my parents definitely didn't raise me to hate it, culture all around vorships dicks and vaginas, no religious thing going on either. sex was an open topic since i was 10... weird.
Girl101 Girl101 7 years
Its not for me, not that I'm perfect actually far from it, but the fact I have labia that protrudes has never been an issue for me. However, if it is a concern for others who am I to judge them for wanting to feel better about themselves.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I guess I didn't mean ugly in terms of something wrong that needs to be fixed, but rather something perfectly normal.
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
Sorry, but I disagree. I think it is culture which has taught us that our genitalia is not pretty. I think it is quite the opposite - very beautiful and resembles a flower. Long live Betty Dodson (if you don't know of her, check her out!).
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Anonymous, you don't need surgery for that, just a well-made corset. They already thought of that. A lot of women think their vagina is kind of ugly... I don't think genitalia was meant to be pretty.
Keke84 Keke84 7 years
Autumns_Eleg, I agree with you. It's a bit uncomfortable to always be "readjusting" during situations and to tell you the truth, I have considered labioplasty. I have also considered it ugly at times and been embarrassed by it. I think it was the fact that my boyfriend is so wonderful and seems to really appreciate every part of me the way it is that helps me to appreciate my body the way it is. It took him loving it to help me understand how perfectly unique and gorgeous it truly was. I think many women have this view of the "perfect vagina" maybe based on what it looked like before puberty or when we just hit puberty. When it was all "nice and neat" and "in place". I think we also tend to think we are the only ones who have a different thing going on down there. But in all actuality, each vagina is different and unique. And a small percentage actually resemble what they did prior to puberty. Just as all men's penises are different, so are women's vaginas.
divinedebris divinedebris 7 years
The vagina is gorgeous and wonderfully sculpted. I've always believed that while the penis looks like it was put together hastily(ha!) the vagina was time consuming and a work of pure perfection. They come in all shapes and sizes, like we as humans do, and we should love them fore the beauty they are. :D But I think if someone really wants to have it done, why not? It's like plastic surgery, if it makes someone feel better then more power to you.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I don't think mines perfect, far from it. Like Tlsgirl, mine gets in the way sometimes and it kills to the mood to have to"readjust" every now and again during sex so it doesn't hurt. However, I know that if I did go for the surgery I wouldn't do anything drastic (I wouldn't walk in with a photo of a porn stars vag for instance), just a little tuck to make things a bit easier.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
That's disturbing.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I realize not many on here will agree with me, but I would honestly do this. I've never liked the look of mine, it has parts that get in the way, and I'm so self-conscious that it intrudes on sex sometimes, despite positive feedback. I don't think that I have a mental problem, although some might disagree. I honestly don't really see a difference between this and breast implants or liposuction (which are also potentially dangerous, mostly unnecessary, and generally performed solely for cosmetic reasons).
Pistil Pistil 7 years
If it's causing physical discomfort, ok, but no doubt there are women out there opting for this surgery for purely cosmetic reasons. We nip, tuck, wax, pluck every other part of our bodies, why not? There was an artist who did plaster casts of women's vaginas in response to the idea of "designer vaginas". Google Jamie McCartney. If you can find images, I think you'll find your vagina is normal.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I realize I don't have one but this is crazy. If this is happening more often than not for cosmetic reasons to meet a perceived standard that standard must have originated from men. I don't understand how in this day and age where men's exploitations of women have been unveiled that women still buy into these standards lock stock and barrel. These women need to own their beauty and stop allowing a patriarchal society to screw with their heads.
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 7 years
I've often wondered - and this is horrible but I'm also speaking from personal experience - if certain "curvy" celebs have had theirs "done", because i'm sorry, if you're a heavier gal, well, things tend to get chubby. Sad, can't we even leave THAT part of ourselves alone?
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I don't think pictures of models cause people to exercise and diet, and I don't think there's any one cause for this. My guess would be that either women have a legitimate reason (like Yoga's friend), or if it's for purely cosmetic reasons, they have a mental illness.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 7 years
I agree, Yogaforlife.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I know somebody who has considered this but couldn't afford it and was too embarrassed to talk with her doctor about it. Her reason was she has the hanging labia and it gets caught and pulled during sex, often making sex painful. She also blames it for why her boyfriends never last, which no matter what I say, I can't convince her otherwise. She thinks it has to do with breaking her hymen when she was little - riding a bike and had a biking accident. She's never been able to have an orgasm nor let a guy go down on her because she feels like a freak. For people like her, I think it could be justified as a necessary medical procedure.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
Designer Vaginas? Can I get mine with the Burberry plaid?
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I understand both sides (as supported by Spacekatgal and Tresugar). There are cases were lapioplasties were medically warranted, and some were about cosmetics (no medical conditions existed).
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 7 years
I can only see this being acceptable to do if your children have destroyed your vag trough childbirth, or if you have a medical condition.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 7 years
Spacektgal — The article I read focuses on genital surgeries done primarily for appearance's sake rather than for medical purposes. I'm just calling attention to the way in which there is almost no part of a woman's body, it seems, that doesn't need "correction" based on some impossible standard.
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
There has to be a balance here, real need v real crazy. Sadly some plastic surgeons sadly will exploit the latter.
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