Beauty Below the Belt

Beauty Below the Belt

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Some say beauty is on the inside. Others say beauty is inside your panties. And those people have turned to plastic surgeons to aid in their quest toward sexy success.


In fact, according to a recent report published by Dr. V. Leroy Young, chair of the emerging trends task force of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, labiaplasty and vaginal cosmetic surgery are the fastest growing emerging growth trend in cosmetic plastic surgery.


Local surgeons, such as the six board certified experts at The Plastic Surgery Group, Surgery as an Art (TPSG) are answering the call for this increase. TPSG offers a surgical procedure called labiaplasty, which removes any excess tissue of the vaginal labia. By trimming the excess tissue, the surgeon “creates a normally appearing and functioning labia,” says Dr. Lawrence Kurtzman, a plastic surgeon with TPSG. The excess tissue can occur on one side or both sides of the labia, and the surgery can restore (or create) the natural symmetry of the labia.


While it sounds painful, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that the relatively short procedure comes with minimal complications and excellent results. “The healing is superb,” Kurtzman says because, in general, no scarring results from labiaplasty. “Basically everyone is pleased with the results,” Kurtzman says.


And those pleased with the results spread the word to other women about their labiaplasty experience. “People are becoming more aware of the surgical procedure,” Kurtzman says. And as more and more women learn about labiaplasty, The Plastic Surgery Group sees an increasing number of women turning to them for the surgical procedure. Some women want the surgery for aesthetic reasons – women love to look good – while other women opt for labiaplasty to resolve a painful problem.


Excess tissue can cause irritation and pain, and the excess even can lead to bleeding and infection. Women already have to deal with bleeding once a month, so no woman should have to deal with bleeding beyond that. Also, while having sex, the excess tissue can “catch and invert,” which can cause much pain, Kurtzman says. So with some extra skin, a pleasurable experience transforms into a painful episode.


A problem of excess tissue can result from stress or childbirth, but it also can arise by the way the labia develop. “A lot of women have never had kids and just have excess tissue,” Kurtzman says.


So whether you are looking to increase the pretty or decrease the pain “down under,” TPSG might be able to help. For more information, visit their Web site or call (513) 791-4440 for their Cincinnati location, (859) 331-8777 for their Kentucky office or (513) 769-3223 for their West Chester location.


Courtesy of The Plastic Surgery Group, Surgery as an Art