Little evidence to support cosmetic vaginal surgery.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Obstetrics (Surgery)
Obstetrics (Methods)
Obstetrics (Finance)
Pub Date: 11/01/2008
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: Nov, 2008 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 32
Topic: Event Code: 250 Financial management Computer Subject: Company financing
Accession Number: 192393439
Full Text: Professor Cardozo, a leading uro-gynaecologist at King's College Hospital, London, spoke out at a meeting in Canada against the growing popularity of cosmetic vaginal surgery. The most popular procedure is reduction of the labia, requested for aesthetic reasons or to alleviate physical discomfort. The number of labial reductions carried out by the UK National Health Service increased from 400 in 2000-01 to 800 in 2004-05. Evidence shows that the procedure, costing 2,000 [pounds sterling] at a private clinic, may have perceived positive aesthetic results, but it is unclear whether it resolves feelings of psychological distress. There is little evidence that "vaginal rejuvenation"--the surgical repair of vaginal "laxity", costing 3,000 [pounds sterling]--improved symptoms or was any better than doing pelvic floor muscle exercises. Surgeons should remain cautious and operate only as a last resort. Cosmetic treatments are gaining popularity, including non-invasive procedures such as botox injections and collagen wrinkle-fillers, which are perceived as less risky. Cosmetic surgeons are not regulated and cosmetic surgery clinics have been criticised for using misleading sales techniques and creating unrealistic expectations. (1)

(1.) Designer vagina trend "worrying." BBC News (UK), 23 September 2008.
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