Sunday, August 26, 2012
Vaginoplasty: The Difference Between Plastic Surgeons And OB/Gyns
Just came across this article about how ACOG is concerned about the medical validity of vaginal and vulvar reconstructive procedures. I think they are concerned for good reason! Since when does someone's vulva have to fit a cookie cutter mold?! One of the coolest parts of being a woman is how unique our girly parts are, or at least that's what I think. Also, women are undergoing these procedures to "boost their self-esteem" or improve their sex life, however, one of the potential side effects of these reconstructive surgeries is loss of sensation, which seems a bit counterproductive.
I think this issue demonstrates the difference between the way plastic surgeons and OB/Gyns think. OB/Gyns are all about taking care of women, concerned about their well-being, and they accept the wonderful uniqueness to each and every person. Plastic surgeons just see the potential to "fix" yet another non-existent "flaw", and make everyone look the same. I know plastic surgeons do a lot of good work too, but there is a lot that they do that makes my nostrils flare. If you wanna pull people's faces back so they look like snakes, and make women's breasts look like oranges sitting on their chest, that's one thing, but keep your hands off of women's va-jay jays, okay?