A warning has come from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) about the risks related to a vaginoplasty or labiaplasty procedure.
The ACOG cautioned that despite claims made by surgeons about improved sensitivity (among many other things), there have been no official studies conducted regarding postoperative results from these ‘designer vagina’ surgeries. Because of this, the ACOG do not endorse any of the current procedures offered and said that unless there is an actual medical reason for the surgery, they are best avoided.
A labiaplasty changes the shape or size of the labia while a vaginoplasty tightens loose skin of the vagina. For women born with deformities such as labial hypertrophy
, a short or absent vagina, these surgeries can be life altering.
People considering the surgery for aesthetic reasons should talk to their GP about alternatives and exercises that can help increase muscle tone naturally.
The ACOG said, “women's genitals naturally have a wide range of normal appearances that are anatomically correct. There's no one ‘look’ or right way for a vagina and labia to be formed.”