The number of women getting genital plastic surgery is steadily rising each year. While there are potentially numerous reasons for this surge is cosmetic surgery, many experts in the medical community to be pointing the finger at pornography as a negative influence. The following is our update from an earlier report this year.
According to a recent expose, experts in the medical community are condemning pornography as misleading both young and middle-aged women with misconceptions over what a vagina should actually look like. In Great Britain, there has been an almost fivefold increase in cosmetic surgeries on the female genitals. The report goes on to indicate that a majority of these genital surgeries are not medically necessary and could contribute to health problems.
British researchers said that the influence of pornography is misrepresentative for many teens and women. In a news report by the New York Daily News, “The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reported a fivefold increase in labiaplasties, which are considered cosmetic surgeries, over ten years.“ Furthermore, “The misapprehension arises from the prominence of just one type of ‘neat’ genital appearance, the type to be found prominently depicted in pornography,” Thomas Baldwin of RCOG’s ethics committee, told Agence France-Presse.
Although labiaplasties can provide positive and healthy results for women in need, there are dangers that associated with the surgeries. It is perhaps then concerning that the numbers for these surgeries is increasing, despite the fact that the vast percentage of patients do not medically require the surgery. “The younger a girl begins her labialplasty trajectory, the higher the number of operations over her lifetime and the greater the risk of scarring and sensitivity loss,” researchers confirmed.
Many of these genital operations are not recommended for women under the age of 18, on account of not be fully developed. However, that has not stopped an ever-growing number of operations to be performed in both Europe and the United States.
Plastic surgery is not for everyone, and nobody should feel they have to receive treatments. However, plastic surgery should also remain available for everybody without a person feeling embarrassed or ashamed about receiving consultation and treatment.
The choice is up to you. If you are interested in receiving plastic surgery and would like to know more about your options, contact us. We can arrange for you to meet with a board-certified specialist uniquely qualified to your needs and expectations. Call or contact us today to get started.
Dr. Mark Schusterman and Dr. Sanaz Harirchian
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