Genital Cosmetic Surgery
A recent study by Dr Magdalena Simonis has uncovered that genital cosmetic surgery is on the increase and sadly is being sought out by girls as young as 15. Is genital cosmetic surgery the new female genital mutilation? Why are young girls seeking advice about labiaplasty and asking if their genitals are normal?
The report, published in the British Medical Journal demonstrated that of the GP’s interviewed, 54% had seen female patients requesting genital cosmetic surgery and 97% had been asked about genital normality.
The reasons for the increase were varied but included fashion, online pornography and perceptions of beauty. Greater exposure to images has resulted in many girls questioning their body shape set against a perceived norm.
The risks associated with genital cosmetic surgery are varied and significant. Ongoing pain, scarring, loss of sensation and irreparable damage from excessive removal of tissue can occur. Often the risks and complications are not well discussed. In some cases mental health disorders, which may affect the decision making process, are not discussed or disclosed.
There is no escaping the fact that in the quest to fix a perceived defect many girls attract a lot more trouble than they bargained for. Many clinics harbour unsafe anaesthetic practices and inadequate infrastructure to monitor serious complications.
Many unregulated cosmetic clinics, who are often uninsured, are thriving. They offer everything from Botox, laser and fillers to breast and nose jobs, tummy tucks and facelifts and now genital cosmetic surgery. Slick websites promise quick and painless makeovers that will deliver the results sought almost as a guarantee. In the search for genital cosmetic surgery risks are a side issue and costs immaterial.
Dr Handley, Director of Handley Law advises that “before embarking on any cosmetic procedure, speak to your GP for guidance. With their experience they will be able to inform as to the great variations in women and that the ‘norm’ fails to exist”.
For every procedure someone undertakes they consistently overestimate the benefits and underestimate the harm.
If you have been harmed by a genital cosmetic surgery procedure then get in touch on 0800 470 2009 or email Dr Handley at firstname.lastname@example.org