There is much to-do in the media these days about women changing their bodies below the belt, ie. Brazilian Butt Lifts and Vaginal Rejuvenation. Most articles attribute the surgical attention to lady-parts as purely aesthetic. After all, the big butt craze started with the natural booty of Jennifer Lopez, and soon ignited an explosion of butt envious babes like the Kardashians. Well-endowed as they are, they too went BIGGER. Before long, mere mortal women were having butt implants, fat, silicone, cement or who-knows-what put into their rumps to ride the trend.
Now we’ve moved around the corner and the new address is female genitalia. Although no celebrity is taking the credit for starting this trend, somehow vaginal rejuvenation is making the news; not for its value as a corrective surgery, but as a fashion statement.
There has been a surge in popularity of vaginal rejuvenation. The American Society of Plastic Surgery reports a 44% increase in the number of procedures performed in 2014 over 2013. At Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa in San Diego, Dr. Gilbert Lee has been performing both vaginoplasty (surgically tightening the vagina) and labiaplasty (trimming or reshaping the labia minora) for years. Dr. Lee reports a 48% increase in the number of procedures performed in 2015 versus last year.
But is vaginal rejuvenation a fad, a fashion? It’s hard to say. The International Society of Sexual Medicine reported in 2011 that 87% of vaginal rejuvenation patients were undergoing the procedure for purely aesthetic reasons. They attribute the increase to the porn industry. What? There are that many women entering the field? The experience at Changes Plastic Surgery proves contradictory. Our female patients are truly looking for vaginal rejuvenation to please themselves…not an audience.
Perhaps this testimonial from a patient in 2010 says it all:
“I have used Changes Plastic Surgery for a number of procedures over the past 5 years. Despite exceptional results from Dr. Gilbert Lee and his staff, I was quite apprehensive about discussing a vaginal rejuvenation with my husband or with Dr. Lee. While my sex life was very satisfying, I knew it could improve. Due to child birth, my vagina felt looser. Like most women I’m uncomfortable talking about intimate sexual issues. The discussion with my husband was wonderful. He totally supported the idea of me improving my body and removing anything negative from our sex life. I inquired at Changes about the procedure. Dr. Lee was very professional and confident he could improve my body. I am now almost 3 months post surgery and the results have far exceeded my expectations. Intercourse feels like before I had children.”
Individuals who seek plastic surgery whether for reconstructive or cosmetic reasons have as many reasons for doing so as there are fads at any given time. In the end, a woman’s catalyst for undergoing vaginal rejuvenation has very little to do with what is trending, and everything to do with self esteem and personal pleasure.
Privacy and anonymity are yours. If you would like to investigate vaginal rejuvenation, please contact us. Changes is located in San Diego, CA in the beautiful Torrey Hills community. Dr. Gilbert Lee is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon and has be awarded the Top Doc in Plastic Surgery award since 2007.