Plastic surgery is sometimes viewed in a negative light by those not undergoing the surgery. Because of this stigma, many patients prefer to have a treatment without openly discussing the changes they have undergone on their bodies. However, very few topics are now consider “off limits” in the age of social media. In many ways, social media dominates the way people communicate with each other. Because of this fact, it is now common to see patients openly discuss their cosmetic procedures.
Even though patients are more open about their adventures in plastic surgery, there is still one type of cosmetic surgery that is considered somewhat “taboo” to discuss in public
The cosmetic surgery that many people will still not discuss in public is vaginal surgery.
Vaginal surgery is performed in a number of ways:
While many patients do not openly discuss vaginal surgery, this does not mean that the amount of people having the surgery is small in number.
As recently as 2016, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) said there were 138,033 labiaplasty surgeries and 55,606 vaginal rejuvenation procedures performed around the world. The number of labiaplasty surgeries was an increase of 43,023 while the vaginal rejuvenation total was an increase of 5520 over the year 2015.
According to Dr. Courtenay Poucher, Founder of Aesthetic Center of Santa Clarita, OBGYN and Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery expert in Valencia, CA, the ideal candidate for labiaplasty is “a woman who feels their legs are causing physical discomfort such as rubbing or pinching in clothes, chaffing, swelling or pulling. These women might also feel that their legs are making them feel self-conscious. The age range of ideal patients is women that have completed puberty to women in their 70s.”
Even though vaginal surgery is a common occurrence around the world, there are many reasons that patients do not like to discuss having the surgery. The reasons can range from cultural and religious reasons to being afraid to discuss the treatment in a social setting.
Patients should never be afraid to discuss the idea of vaginal surgery with a board-certified surgeon. A trained and experienced professional can “walk a patient” through the options available to them when it comes to vaginal surgery. The doctor will discuss the desired results before conducting a thorough medical examination to make sure the patient is an ideal candidate for vaginal surgery. In addition, the doctor can set realistic expectations for the patient so she is not surprised or disappointed by the final results.
Vaginal surgery is commonly performed and can help rejuvenate the appearance of the vaginal area while also providing increased or improved stimulation and sensation during intercourse. Dr. Poucher says “a full recovery takes about 6 weeks. However, most women can resume their active lifestyle within 10 days.”
Vaginal surgery is commonly performed and can help rejuvenate the appearance of the vaginal area while also providing increased or improved stimulation and sensation during intercourse. Anyone interested in having the procedure should perform research in order to find a board-certified doctor in their area that is experienced in providing natural and long lasting vaginal surgery results.