Many fitness and athletic regimens can cause discomfort for women. Yoga and running, among other activities, can cause chafing and irritation. A recent article in the The Telegraph by Tanith Carey discusses the rapid increase in the number of labiaplasties performed in the U.S. and the U.K. This so-called “designer vagina” or feminine rejuvenation surgery isn’t simply for an improved sex life, although this does play a role in the decision process. Instead, it is important for these delicate areas to be tucked away and protected so that women can continue their exercise routines without discomfort.
A Case Study
One young woman delayed consideration because she felt that this was a surgery for young women who wanted to look like porn stars. After two pregnancies, she was informed that her labia minora had likely elongated due to hormonal changes associated with childbirth. She was getting unpleasant chafing while running and was embarrassed while bending over for certain yoga poses. She didn’t want her situation to limit her lifestyle and she wanted to keep fit. As a result she opted to have a labiaplasty performed.
A Big Rise in Popularity
This is a common situation and the number of women choosing to have this procedure is rising dramatically. In the U.K. the reported number of these procedures has increased 5 fold over the past 10 years. In fact it is now the fourth most requested cosmetic procedure in the U.K. behind breast augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction.
While many cases of elongated labia stem from pregnancy and childbirth, there are many women who naturally have asymmetric labia just like many women have breast asymmetries. In today’s culture, women’s expectations are different; they have a whole body image and are sensitive to how they look with their clothes off as well as on. In some cases we have seen women who are so anxious about their appearance that it interferes with their relationships. This is a similar phenomenon that we see with breast augmentations and similarly we expect the trend to continue and the number of women requesting this surgery to increase.
A big difference, however, is that there is the opportunity to treat labia elongation and improve the aesthetic appearance of this area without surgery. Exilis Protege Intima allows us with a simple in-office, nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation procedure to dramatically improve both the aesthetics and improve the external and internal vagina.