‘designer vagina’ surgery – what is normal?

‘designer vagina’ surgery – what is normal?

Female Genital Plastic Surgery or ‘designer vagina’ surgery as it is often referred to, is one of the UK’s fastest growing cosmetic surgery procedures. It is an area of great controversy and misunderstanding. Below you will find a link to an interesting article in the Huffington post which explores many of the issues surrounding female genital cosmetic surgery.

Huffington Post Article

The article explores indications and complications of labial surgery but it also explores the wider social context of why women seek such surgery. What we found particularly interesting was the feature on artist Jamie McCartney, whose work ‘The Great Wall of Vagina‘ focuses on female genital anxiety. The Great Wall of Vagina comprises 400 plaster casts of women’s genitals arranged in ten panels. It is a highly provocative response to the exponential rise in cosmetic labial surgery. By confronting the viewer and revealing the diversity of female genital appearance, McCartney opposes any notion of a singularly “perfect” aesthetic, thereby forcing society to rethink its relationship with the vulva.

For any woman considering labial surgery it is well worth reflecting on this quote,

Vulvas and labia are as different as faces and many people, particularly women, don’t seem to know that. McCartney hopes this sculpture will help to combat the exponential rise, seen in recent years, of cosmetic labial surgeries. This new fashion for creating ‘perfect’ vaginas sets a worrying trend for future generations of women.

Awf Quaba is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon who performs labial surgery in Edinburgh. Generally he does not perform labiaplasty unless there are significant physical symptoms and/ or resultant psychological distress. He does not perform vaginal tightening procedures or clitoral hood reduction/ hoodectomy.