Dr Ashley Granot - Talks to Daily Life about Labiaplasty in Melbourne
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There is no such thing as perfect-looking labia. Full stop. So why are women feeling pressured into undertaking unnecessary surgery? Fortunately, there are signs of a backlash against the disturbing trend for a "designer vagina", writes Melissa Jacob.
Karissa was 22 when she decided there was something wrong with the way she looked "down there". It was definitely not normal. How could it be? It had folds of skin that stuck out. Despite having never seen another woman's vulva, and with "less consideration than buying a pair of shoes", she decided to have labiaplasty surgery.
Post-surgery, she had a classic case of buyer's remorse. The result was not the ultra-trim model she had requested, so she convinced the surgeon to redo it. Determined to achieve the look she wanted, she scoured the internet for an image of perfect labia, only to find that they do not, in fact, exist.
In Australia over the past 10 years, medical rebates for labiaplasty (surgical reduction of the inner or outer labia) and vulvoplasty (surgical remodelling of the vulva) have risen from 640 claims in 2000-01 to 1565 in 2010-11, though the real number of procedures is thought to be much more. At the same time, mainstream pornography has become more explicit, showing extreme close-ups of hairless female genitalia.
Previously hidden behind a bush of hair, labia are now under close scrutiny. The type typically featured in pornography are known as the "Barbie" or "clamshell" variety, where everything is neatly tucked away. And just to complicate the matter, Australian censorship and print publication guidelines dictate that the inner labia must not protrude beyond the outer labia. Houston, we have a problem. Many women are not designed this way and have started to question whether they are "normal".
But there are signs of a fightback, a nascent fury at the idea that women need to surgically alter their genitals to fit some purported ideal. This year, Women's Health Victoria landed a punch by launching the "labia library" (labialibrary.org.au) containing information, advice and a photo gallery of 20 labia from the book I'll Show You Mine, edited by Wrenna Robertson......
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