Female Cosmetic Genital Surgery, also known as Cosmetic Gynaecology, is the fastest-growing subspecialty for women. It includes procedures to improve the aesthetic appearance of the vulva/vaginal region, as well as vaginal repairs to improve or restore sexual function that has been compromised by childbirth or aging. Gynecologists, particularly urogynecologists, and plastic surgeons perform it.
Cosmetic gynecology is not required by law. It is a trend initiated by women, not by their sexual partners. According to studies, the appearance of a woman's genitalia affects her self-esteem and sexuality.
Cosmetic gynecology's five main procedures are as follows:
- Hymenoplasty: The repair of an intact hymen that has been broken by cycling, horseback riding, or first intercourse. In most countries, an intact hymen represents virginity.
- Vaginoplasty: Vaginal tightening or rejuvenation for sexual satisfaction.
- Labiaplasty: Improves the appearance of the inner labia and reduces the size of the vaginal lip.
- Hoodectomy: Also known as clitoris unhooding, is the removal of the tissue that normally covers the clitoris.
- Monsplasty: Lift, tighten, and shape the pubis, or "bikini bridge," which may be visible when wearing outfits.
These are daytime minor surgical procedures. The scar is usually imperceptible, but some bruising, discomfort, and swelling are common.
Lasers for vaginal rejuvenation have recently been introduced. Lasers have been widely used in dermatology and aesthetic medicine. The introduction of lasers to cosmetic gynecology was thus a natural progression of technology. Lasers are currently used in gynecology for Condyloma, Cervical Dysplasia, Vaginal Tightening, Labial Trimming, Vulvar Melanosis, Pubis Mound Liposuction, and Vulvar Hair Removal. However, the safety and efficacy of energy-based devices (Laser) for treating these conditions have yet to be established.
There is a lack of agreement on technique and outcomes for cosmetic gynecology procedures, as well as the possibility of harm from scarring, altered sensation, or wound complications. In conjunction with unethical or false claims. Women should be informed about the lack of data supporting the efficacy of these procedures, as well as the risks of infection, altered sensation, dyspareunia, adhesions, and scarring.
Beware, women considering cosmetic gynecology procedures! Make certain that the gynecologist you visit is a skilled surgeon.
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