The teenage years are a time when young women are questioning whether their changing bodies are “normal” and how they may compare to others.
They may even research cosmetic procedures to improve perceived flaws in an effort to look better and conform to standards of beauty.
Researchers have found that this interest in plastic surgery amongst teenagers extends beyond breast augmentation or rhinoplasty. In fact, they have noticed an increasing number of adolescents inquiring about labiaplasty.
While this may seem surprising, it’s important that parents, plastic surgeons, and medical professionals are aware of these concerns and are prepared to properly address the topic should it arise.
Here’s why your teenager may be asking about labiaplasty and tips on handling the inquiry in an open and informative way.
Why Are More Teenagers Asking About Labiaplasty?
Due to puberty, girls are experiencing significant changes in their bodies that may prompt them to feel self-conscious. Coupled by a desire to fit in, they are especially susceptible to suggestions on how to enhance their bodies and appearance. This is true even when a treatment such as vaginal rejuvenation may not readily apply to them.
Additionally, young women today have greater access to idealized images of female genitalia, that unbeknownst to them may be retouched or photoshopped. Nevertheless, it can further fuel their desire to seek a procedure like labiaplasty to adhere to what they believe is a societal norm.
Is Labiaplasty or Vaginal Rejuvenation Ever a Good Idea?
Typically, labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation during the teenage years is not recommended for several reasons. To start, women’s bodies and genitalia are still developing and may not reach maturity until their 20’s. For this reason, operating preemptively may alter the natural growth of these tissues.
It can also lead to psychological side effects, including dissatisfaction with results or further fixation on perceived flaws. Not to mention the associated risks of surgery including scarring, loss of sensation, discomfort when wearing body-conscious clothing, and painful intercourse.
However, labiaplasty may be medically appropriate in cases of a physical deformity or injury to the genitals that causes ongoing pain and interferes with daily functioning.
What to If Your Teenager Asks About or Wants Vaginal Rejuvenation?
Parents can approach their teenager’s interest in labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation by openly discussing their daughter’s reasons for wanting this procedure and allowing them to conduct research on the subject to gain accurate information.
It may also be advisable to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can further explain the surgery’s risks, benefits, and indications and assure them that the changes they’re experiencing are typical for their age.
To learn more about labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.