With the growing awareness of elective procedures, we’re all exposed to more information than ever before. Combine that with the increased focus on health, wellness and beauty (AKA: really being the best we can be), it’s no surprise that there has been a direct correlation in the rise of requests for female genital procedures – and the younger generations are no exception. With this general emphasis on being your best self, as well as the accessibility of information that facilitates that, we can hardly expect teens to not be paying attention.
According to national statistics, roughly 400 girls 18 and under had labiaplasty surgery in 2015, an 80 percent increase from the previous year. Though this may seem alarming to some, the reality is that just like those of us who are no longer in our teen years, adolescents have a desire to care for themselves and address things that may be causing them to feel self-conscious or even physical discomfort. Those are the two main motivators for any woman of any age to seek labiaplasty, and we totally get it.
That being said, there are some important things any young woman, parent, and clinician should understand prior to female genital surgery. Teen girls should be properly educated on the anatomy and development of female genitalia to have a better understanding of their bodies. Responsible clinicians should screen for the possibility of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and if they suspect its presence, refer the young woman to appropriate counseling. As with any potential pending medical procedure, an accurate evaluation is absolutely essential.
At Women’s Wellness Institute of Dallas, we have operated on minors, but only with complete involvement of parents and clearance from a pediatrician to ensure that the young woman is fully developed. Once the ‘green light’ is given from all parties to move forward with labiaplasty, it’s important to note that using a trained cosmetic gynecologist is paramount to minimize any potential risks associated with the surgery such as nerve damage and scarring.
If a young woman you know is considering labiaplasty surgery, consulting with an experienced cosmetic gynecologist such as Dr. Wesley Anne Brady is key. To set up a consultation, please contact us today to ensure informed, educated decisions are made regarding the best options for the situation.