A woman’s vagina is the most sacred place on the female body. It is the essence of what makes her a woman. And yet, statistics show that many women are turning to surgery to correct self-perceived vaginal imperfections.
Commonly known as labia reduction surgery, labioplasty has become the “it” surgery women across the country are quietly getting. Everyone wants to be aesthetically pleasing, but when a woman feels insecure about the way she looks “down there,” she will take whatever steps are necessary to correct the “problem” even if it means spending money on elective surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1,030 vaginal rejuvenation procedures were performed in 2006. A year later, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimated that the number rose to as much as 4,500 surgeries.
As the subject of sex becomes less taboo and erotic images become more prevalent, women are becoming increasingly self-conscious that their private parts do not match up to the ideal. “We are seeing patients, some as young as 19 years old, who tell me that they feel something is physically wrong with them because their vaginas don’t fit with their notion of what’s anatomically correct. I’ve even had a number of women tell me that they are remaining abstinent until after surgery because of embarrassment over their appearance.”