Better than a boob job?
by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
Apparently, in the quest for body parts to Botox, women have turned to their vaginas. Procedures that, were they conducted in the
The surgeries are marketed in a variety of ways, each more disturbing than the last. “It's the ultimate gift for the man who has everything,” said a woman who paid $5000 to have her hymen reattached, giving her husband the “ultimate thrill of conquest.” A vaginoplasty may appeal to a woman who has recently had a child and has experienced an “enlargement of the vaginal opening” (a common – even, dare I say it, natural – result of childbirth). “An oversize labia minora may cause embarrassment with your partner because it doesn't look good,” advises another website. And clearly, a labiaplasty is the only solution.
But even more shocking than the expectation that a woman should need to have plastic surgery anywhere, especially on her vagina, are the associated medical risks. The New View Campaign, an organization which protests the medicalization of women’s sexuality, has called attention to the inherent dangers of these surgeries. Surgeons make unsubstantiated claims about their procedures. “Genital cosmetic surgery franchising spreads misinformation,” said group spokesperson Leonore Tiefer, Ph.D. a
The potential risks: possible scarring, chronic pain, obstetric risks, loss of genital sensation, reduced erotic pleasure, and post-operative anxieties. But according to The New York Times, even doctors who don't advertise say that they get inquiries from patients every month.
"Now women shave," said Dr. Gary J. Alter, a plastic surgeon and urologist who has come up with his own "labia contouring" technique. "Now they see porn. Now they're more aware of appearance."
How far can we really say we’ve come, when women are being convinced to physically recreate their virginity for their partners’ pleasure, or risking permanent damage to their bodies because of insecurity about the size of their labia? These sites are all over the Internet, but each one seems more absurd than the last. Apparently vaginal cosmetic surgery is advertised on billboards across the country