Elective cosmetic surgery to enhance genitals are becoming fairly standard in medicine these days. Tons of people are opting for it and tons of others are going "ewwwww." The rest of us are in the middle, trying to keep an open mind about it.
As with all kinds of plastic surgery, I tend to lean towards the conservative position: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. When it comes to genitals, it's possible that the very thing you believe to be a flaw is something your partner loves about you. People who love us aren't just forgiving of our quirks, flaws, or even our extra nipples (many people have them). Sometimes they love our little weirdnesses and variety precisely because it makes us unique. Which is, in a nutshell, why I prefer the natural body overall. For me, it's a body of truth. Freaky labia? Crazy anus? Supernumerary breasts? OMFG. I want to see. Isn't biological diversity FASCINATING?!
I support people who make physical changes through surgery that they feel will make their lives better; I still like to know, though, that they are choosing to make those changes for self-affirming reasons. Hope you'll listen to these women discuss why they chose labiaplasty and tell me whether you think they made the right choices.
I think the results of all such cosmetic surgeries are destined to be emotionally unpredictable, because the underlying issue (of feeling ugly or flawed by nature) is not something a scalpel can fix. If you spent 20+ years of your life feeling freakish, will one surgical procedure simply erase your history of anguish? Unlikely. People whose belief that they are imperfect stems from self-loathing, alienation, or complexes (such as body dysmorphia, a condition which causes people to literally hate their own looks or body aspects) are at high risk of dissatisfaction after surgery because they see their own bodies through a very dark, self-hating lens. Case in point: the woman who compared her post-surgical pussy to a pig snout. An entertaining comparison, granted, but there was pain in her voice and I wonder if she will ever find happiness with the way her genitals look. My guess is she will only find it when she can love and accept herself as she is -- something that she could have worked on before looking for medical solutions.
On the other hand, a person who genuinely believes that they are pretty cool but suffer some anomaly that sets them apart or impairs their function, is more likely to feel satisfied, even when results are not perfect.
As one of the interviewees noted, once she felt she looked more normal, she was able to enjoy sex more and her self-confidence increased. It could be a placebo effect; it could be that shorter labia really improved her sex life. Either way, she was a great candidate for this kind of surgery. (I hope she did speak to a counselor about those vaginal scarf of death dreams, though.)
Which, oddly enough, reminds me... I wonder if and when we'll get to see headlines about "designer balls." Though it never gets the kind of headlines labiaplasty receives, scrotum reductions are a relatively common procedure these days too, particularly among Baby Boomers who get surgeons to reduce their sagging ball sacs into the high and tight little baskets youth.
Would you have surgery to improve the way your genitals look?
If you've already had some, would you recommend it to others?