As plastic surgery services grow more and more popular with adults, some of those same cosmetic surgeries are being adopted by teens as well. Lip fillers and Botox injections that were once the realm of middle-aged women are now somewhat standard fare for younger women who want plump lips and the opportunity to prevent wrinkles from even forming. That same logic has transferred below the belt. According to the New York Times, vaginal surgery has increased among teen girls. The vulva is being altered in a way that is causing concern from those who realize that cosmetic surgery isn’t something to be entered into lightly. Some women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery have learned that lesson the hard way and are turning to social media to spread the message.
As reported by The Inquisitr, some women who received breast implants are now undergoing explant surgery to remove their silicone and saline breast implants. The explant movement is being revealed by patients and physicians posting their findings directly to social media — with photos of implants that have molded, or with testimonies from patients who found themselves experiencing symptoms they didn’t expect after getting implants. In order to prevent others from making hasty and uninformed decisions, a portion of those women are turning to their social networking accounts to share the word.
Now the same message is spreading for any teen girls who turn to vaginal surgery only for cosmetic reasons. While some teen girls could benefit from labia minora surgery in order to get relief from discomfort that can come from the vaginal region being so swollen that it causes problems — others are seeking the surgery out of fear that they don’t look “normal” down there.
Another thing driving the trend is that vaginal images are all over the Internet, with a lot of those images only showing Photoshopped and similar photos of vulva that don’t vary much in size or shape. The fact that the trend is also for women to be unshaven in the bikini region — therefore exposing the vulva more so than in decades past — causes more attention to be paid to the cosmetic appearance of the area.
The fear is that the teen girls who are turning to cosmetic surgery in order to have the size of their vaginal area trimmed might be doing so by taking drastic measures. Instead of directly opting for plastic surgery, teen girls are being warned by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to consider options other than labiaplasty as a first option.
It isn’t exactly known why there has been an increase in teen girls asking for their labia minora to be trimmed, but some folks on social media are blaming the popularity of yoga pants and other tight gear for the uptick. Khloe Kardashian is famous for joking about her nether regions and how large she appears when wearing certain clothing — but she has famously made peace with her body.
Vaginal rejuvenation — or the newly-touted MonaLisa Touch procedure, as reported by The Inquisitr — is one that has targeted adult women. Those who have undergone the procedure say the non-invasive MonaLisa Touch has helped restore their vaginas to a better state after the CO2 laser helps promote collagen and addresses the issue of incontinence.
A more invasive “vaginal rejuvenation,” whereby the labia might be reshaped along with the interior and exterior vaginal muscles, also targets women who have usually had children or gone through experiences such as cancer that have affected their genitalia.
Teens might receive labia surgery, if necessary, but patients should realize the risks that come along with operating on an area with lots of nerve endings.
Petals is a book being recommended by some doctors to their would-be cosmetic surgery hopefuls in order to teach the teen girls that there’s a wide variety of shapes and sizes of vaginas.
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