"Designer Vagina" Procedures Often Misleading and Poorly Described, New Study Says
There's a veritable menu of weird-sounding vagina-focused procedures offered by local
chop shop plastic surgery chain Strax Rejuvenation.
G-spot amplification is a "lunch time procedure" that results in "enhanced sexual arousal" for 87 percent of "normally sexually functioning women." Hymenoplasty can "repair the hymen as if nothing ever occurred." And augmentation labioplasty makes for a more "youthful" labia courtesy of a fat transplant.
But a new study out this week blasts these types of descriptions for being misleading, unsubstantiated, and just plain confusing.
To get to the bottom of the designer vagina vernacular, researchers combed over the websites of five places offering female genital cosmetic surgery in the U.S. and five in the U.K. The team focused on the language used by the websites, as well as whether there was any information on risks and success rates.
Although the study, published in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, doesn't specifically cite Strax, it does mention many of the procedures offered by Strax, including hymen reconstruction and G-spot amplification.
Among the more depressing descriptions was one website that said hymen reconstruction can ensure "that you bleed on your wedding night and keep your head high." Another website used the terms "Wonder Woman" and Mommy Makeover."
With regards to G-spot amplification, the study noted that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has warned that these "procedures are not medically indicated and the safety and effectiveness... have not been documented."
It's no surprise that places offering these type of surgeries use language that downplays the fact that these are serious surgical procedures.
But as the researchers point out, scuzzy plastic surgeons aren't the only ones getting women to second-guess their vaginal integrity. There's also plenty of porn, blogs, and messageboards on the internet that women use for self-comparison. And everyone knows how realistic porn is.
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