In the opening episode of the second season of the Netflix show The wonderful life of Bollywood wivesMaheep Kapoor, Seema Khan, Neelam Kothari Soni and Bhavna Pandey visit the gynecologist to understand the many aspects menopause, During the conversation, Bhavna asks the expert about women losing interest in sex with age, to which the doctor responds by talking about the growing interest in ‘designer vaginas’.
“Many of my patients come for vaginal tightening when they feel that their vagina has become too loose. I do not agree with Designer Vagina at all,” says Dr. Kiran Coelho, Gynecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon.
But, what exactly is a designer vagina? It’s a fancy word for ‘labiaplasty’, which is “a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the labia minora, which are flaps of skin that are located on either side. Vagina Inauguration,” Dr Swati Chitnis, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Shelby Hospital, Ahmedabad Told. “The operation is done to increase the appearance of your labia and reduce physical discomfort by removing labial tissue to reduce its size.”
Dr. Mayur Shetty, Consultant Plastic Surgery, Narayana Health City, explained that the birth of the child and Ageing, the labia becomes insipid and loose. “In labioplasty, the size of the labia is reduced and with that we can rejuvenate the surrounding area with fat grafting.”
According to a 2017 study released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), there has been a significant increase in the number of labiaplasty surgeries around the world. “Worldwide, the number of labiaplasties performed in 2019 reached 164,667, corresponding to an increase of 24.1 percent over 2018 and 73.3 percent compared to 2015. 15th highest among female patients for labiaplasty 2019. was a popular plastic surgery procedure.” Another study published in International Journal of Impotence Researchwhere did it go.
Why is this done?
With this increasing trend of labiaplasty or ‘designer vagina’ around the world, it is important to delve into a complex question – why do women get labiaplasty done? From Pornography And while some medical conditions increase sexual pleasure, many factors contribute to its popularity, with cosmetic reasons at its core, experts pointed out.
“People get it done so that their vaginas look beautiful, and it gives more sexual intimacyDr Vanaja Shivakumar, Consultant – Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Reproductive Medicine, Milan Hospital said. Dr Shetty said it is “commonly performed in women who wish to undergo genital rejuvenation to reverse changes in the labia as a result of multiple pregnancies or due to the aging process”.
title in his book Body, Migration, Re/Constructive Surgery: Making the Gender Body in a Globalized WorldProfessor Ruth Holiday puts forward Virginia Braun’s argument that pornography presents only one type of vagina: a small, hairless one. Vagina which is neatly tucked within the labia majora. According to her, this results in “an incredibly high proportion of women”. [who] dislikes their genitals enough to consider surgery as an option”.
However, for many others, the growing trend can be attributed to the increasing awareness of women’s body parts. “For many generations, vaginal health It has been deemed taboo, and procedures and options for caring for female genitalia were not available,” Dr. Juliana Hansen, MD, professor of surgery and division chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, previously said. Told women’s Health magazine.
Dr Chitnis said that “the procedure is becoming increasingly popular among women as a means of improving them”. sexual wellness, their appearance, and in some cases, their health”. When it comes to health, is labiaplasty or ‘designer vagina’ medically necessary?
“It is often performed for individuals with labia hypertrophy (overgrowth of the skin due to high testosterone), certain congenital problems, and chronic urinary infections,” she explained, adding that many women with excess skin choose it as the skin that irritates. and likely to turn, “may be a source of discomfort” during activities such as Playathletic activities, and intimate encounters”.
“It is clinically indicated in women who struggle with dryness and poor sexual satisfaction due to dry labia,” Dr Shetty said.
However, the peak popularity of ‘designer vaginas’ in 2022 rests on another reason. Wonder what it is? According to renowned plastic surgeon Dr. John Scavofilax, the sharp increase in designer vaginal procedures is due to tight leggings and active clothing.
“Exercise clothing is a bit tighter and is form-fitting so it puts pressure on the area,” he said mail online, “They feel pain, discomfort, tingling in general, a lot of women will actually feel so uncomfortable that they avoid trying to wear these types of clothes. It’s all really intertwined, of leggings. Choosing a pair that causes discomfort and that in turn attracts attention labia And surgery is needed.”
Earlier in 2015, plastic surgeon Dr Richard Swift told Post That “ubiquitous yoga pants that everyone is wearing are playing a big part in this trend”.
Experts say that the risks associated with labiaplasty vary from patient to patient. Shivakumar, “infection and anesthesia-related complications” are potential side effects. Some other risks include vaginal sensitivity and excessive scarring, Dr. Chitnis said.
Additionally, experts advised some people to avoid choosing ‘designer vaginas’. “Due to the fact that the labia are developing well into early adulthood, it is not recommended for girls under the age of 18 to undergo the procedure,” Chitnis said. Dr Sivakumar said that the patients having body transplant, suffering from cardiac problems or undiagnosed diabetes Should be avoided.
It is also not suited for habitual smokers. “Even if they do, they should stop smoking completely 4 weeks before and after the procedure,” Dr Shetty said.
With regard to psychological well-being, this has been found by a small study, published in PubMed.gov, while ‘designer vaginas’ have a positive effect on women’s genital appearance satisfaction, the same cannot be said of their mental well-being or intimate relationship quality. “Medical professionals should be more and more mindful of patients” psychological distress, Because it may compromise satisfaction with surgical outcomes,” it noted.
What you need to know before opting for labiaplasty?
If you are someone who has made up your mind to get a ‘designer vagina’, then here are some things you must know, according to Dr. Chitnis.
*The whole process usually takes two to three hours.
*If you are considering having a labiaplasty, be sure to ask about the surgeon’s experience and training.
,sore Dehiscence and hematoma are common postoperative complications that require evaluation but rarely require re-surgery.
*Being a cosmetic procedure, the final result can take several weeks and may require revision surgery
It is “a safe, daycare procedure and takes about 15 to 20 days to recover. Return to normal activities is immediate and the effects are seen over a period of 4- 6 weeks,” Dr. Shetty said.
Before and After Care Tips
Before surgery, it is important to tell your doctor about any pre-existing conditions or if you are taking any medications. After the process, abstaining from sexual intercourse for a period of 15 days is absolutely necessary. Aftercare only involves keeping the area clean and dry,” according to Dr Shetty.
Chitnis concludes by saying that after surgery, it is important to avoid infection by keeping the area clean and comfortable. “For a period of 6-12 weeks, use sanitary towels in place of tampons and abstain from sexual activity. pain, bruising, and swelling All are normal reactions to labiaplasty. There may be pain when urinating or sitting. The surgeon may recommend pain medication to help relieve the discomfort.”