With 45% more labiaplasty surgical procedures performed in 2016 than during 2015, a newly-released study from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows that labiaplasty is the fastest growing type of cosmetic surgery around the globe.
Labiaplasty, which entails altering the shape or reducing the size of a woman’s labia, has had the most dramatic year-to-year rise in surgeries—even over the world’s most popular cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation surgery, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and nose jobs. This trend of rapidly rising procedure rates highlights a seeming gravitation toward vaginal cosmetic surgeries.
While the reason behind the rapid rate at which labiaplasty is rising is unclear, the numbers seem to indicate that a substantial population of adolescent girls are feeling insecure about the appearance of their vaginas, whether they have gone through with a cosmetic procedure or not.
“Girls will sometimes come out with comments like, ‘I just hate it, I just want it removed,’, and for a girl to feel that way about any part of her body—especially a part that’s intimate—is very upsetting,” leading adolescent gynecologist Dr. Naomi Crouch said on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show.