Plastic surgery

The Barbie effect or how perfect scalpel vaginas are trending (even in India)

India is a country of very traditional ideas and very repressed sexuality. According The Times of India, are "a society that considers sex a taboo and disapproves of methods of sexual relief." And with all that, designer vaginas have become fashionable there. In fact, its popularity is such that the first Congress on Vaginal Rejuvenation and Reconstruction has already taken place in India, where its demand is greater than anywhere in the world. This is a clash of cultures.

So, vaginal cosmetic surgery has proliferated in India, going from hymenoplasty to ensure the regeneration of virginity to design personalized vulvas to the taste of each one. According to the statistics of the World Aesthetic Surgery Association, in 2015 only 6,859 vaginal rejuvenations were performed in India alone, followed by Mexico by far with 2,821 operations.

From reduced practice to global trend

This represents an increase of 39%, the fastest increase in cosmetic surgery in recent years.

Although India is the country with the most demand for this type of treatment, having a vagina surgery for aesthetic reasons has become a worldwide trend. In fact, his practice has grown exponentially in recent years, going from about 5,000 operations in the United States in 2014 to about 12,000 in 2016. This represents an increase of 39%, the fastest increase in cosmetic surgery in recent years.

According to a study of Independent, this obsession beauty with our vaginas It is largely due to pornography and the influence of male partners They consume it. This causes women to face impossible ideals of vaginal beauty, which has sparked controversy and rejection. "We have to reject between 20% and 25% of surgery requests because their expectations are unreal," says plastic surgeon Varun Dixit.

Vaginal Surgical Practices

A few years ago we attended stunned boom of the reconstruction of the hymen for religious and cultural issues. However, this revirginization was only the beginning of a surgical practice that focuses on our intimate areas. Now the growing trend is genital plastic surgery. And it has nothing to do with culture or health. It occurs for aesthetic reasons, so that we feel younger or more attractive, vaginally speaking.

The new techniques of vaginal cosmetic surgery go far beyond the hymen. Now uncover clitoris, practice labiaplastias designed to eliminate or trim the vaginal lips to make them symmetrical and eliminate wrinkles due to age. To that is added the call vaginal rejuvenation or vaginoplasty, which narrows and adjusts our duct to offer "greater sexual pleasure". There are those who call it "Barbie style", with the artificial appearance of the vulva of the famous doll. In the case of Spain they are operations that are already practiced in a usual way, with prices that vary between 1,000 and 5,000 euros, depending on the treatment chosen.

Rejection of the medical community

Medical studies do not endorse this intimate practice. According The American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecologist, "This surgery is not medically recommended, and its safety and effectiveness are not documented. There are no studies on long-term effects or complications, which may include infections, hypersensitivity, dyspareunia and scars. "

Ethical and moral issues

To the medical risks are also added the moral issues of the imposition of new beauty standards, which do not refer exclusively to surgery. The rise of products beauty Vaginal could be indicating increased concern and attention to an area that, so far, had been saved from body shaming. Now there are even accessories for fine tuning, oils to care for pubic hair and even vaginal and perianal bleaches, so that the skin of that area has the same tone as that of the rest of the body.

The controversy is not reduced to the emergence of new complexes or social rejections, it goes much further. According World Health Organization"Female mutilation is the procedure that alters or damages a woman's genital organs without an existing medical reason." Given this definition, many consider that vaginal cosmetic surgery is to mutilation. An example of this is Shaheeda Kirtane, co-founder of the Sahiyo Foundation against ablation. "These are very different issues, but if we normalize cosmetic surgery, we normalize extension mutilation."

Female genital operations account for 1% of global cosmetic surgeries, compared with 0.1% of male surgeries.

The pornographic references from which this new standard of beauty starts and the fact that much of its mission is, according to Dr. Desai, "improve sexual gratification of the couple" unleashes sexist alarms. Yes, there are also men who perform great cosmetic surgery of penis enlargement and enlargement, but statistics say the differences are abysmal. According to the International Association of Plastic Surgery, in 2014 (the latest figures published) 99,432 labioplastics and 10,053 male surgeries were performed worldwide. Female genital operations account for 1% of global cosmetic surgeries, compared with 0.1% of male surgeries.

The conclusions of such a delicate topic are complicated. Faced with medical advances, the dubious ethics of imposing new standards of beauty and turn something normal (like a vagina) into something ugly that invites, again, to body shaming. To this is added the absence of a vaginal type and the immense diversity in terms of colors and shapes, which makes it difficult to impose a single feasible ideal and becomes a focus of frustration.

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