EXCLUSIVE ‘Designer vagina’ surgery to DOUBLE in a year as ultra-tight sports leggings become so popular, plastic surgeon claims
- The rise of tight sports leggings has seen more women experience pain and chafing
- This in turn has led to an increase in labiaplasty to remove tissue causing genital pain
- Surgeon says he has now treated more women in the first part of 2022 than in all of 2021
The number of women looking for “designer vaginas” has doubled in recent years due to the growing popularity of sports leggings, according to a top plastic surgeon.
A labiaplasty involves reducing the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening – and costs up to £4,000.
Dr John Skevofilax, chief surgeon at the Juvenis Clinic, said he had performed about 50 procedures in 2021.
However, the increase in demand over the past year has meant that it has already surpassed this number in the first half of 2022.
Dr Skevofilax told MailOnline that women are increasingly seeking labiaplasty because tight clothes such as leggings are uncomfortable and “draw attention to the labia”.
“Exercise clothes are a little tighter and tighter, so they put pressure on the area,” he said.
“They feel pain, discomfort in general, friction, many women will actually feel so uncomfortable that they avoid trying to wear this type of clothing.
“It’s all really connected, choosing leggings that cause discomfort and that in turn draw attention to the labia and the need for surgery.”
A rise in wearing tight leggings that put pressure on the labia causing pain and discomfort may be why more women are seeking labia plastic surgery, a leading surgeon (pictured) has claimed.
Celebrities like Kim Kardashian are partly responsible for popularizing the wearing of tight leggings for exercise and casual wear.
What is labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is an operation to reduce the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin on both sides of the vaginal opening.
It involves cutting away unwanted tissue with a laser scalpel in a procedure that takes about one to two hours.
Some women get labia implants because they don’t like the way their labia look.
However, the NHS advises that it is completely normal to have noticeable folds of skin around the opening of your vagina.
Because it causes no problems in most cases, labiaplasty is rarely available in NH.
Women considering labiaplasty are encouraged to speak to their GP first, who may encourage them to speak to a counselor or psychologist before surgery.
In the UK, labiaplasty costs around £2,000 to £4,000, although the price can vary depending on the extent of the procedure.
Labiaplasty is generally offered only in exceptional circumstances, such as the removal of cancerous tissue in cases of vulvar cancer.
Leggings are believed to have become trendy in the 1970s thanks to some of the biggest celebrities of the decade such as Debbie Harry and the late Olivia Newton-John.
In recent years, however, they have been replaced by tight-fitting sports leggings that coincided with the rise of gym culture.
Sometimes referred to as ‘athleisure’ – a cross between gym and casual wear – the style was popularized by reality TV stars the Kardashians.
Dr Skevofilax said 80 per cent of women seeking labiaplasty are now seeking to eliminate the discomfort of wearing tight clothing rather than for aesthetic reasons.
It was previously thought that designer vaginas were driven by unrealistic body images in pornography.
But Dr Skevofilax said this was “dangerous and misguided” because it promoted a sense of shame in women seeking help for the pain they experience in their lives.
“Women should be able to wear what they want to wear,” he said.
“If they choose tight clothing, such as yoga pants, because they’re following a particular fashion trend or just because it’s simply appropriate for that type of exercise, they should be able to do so without anxiety and ‘lip biting.’ what is to come
“I’ve never actually had a patient say, ‘I want my vagina to look like such and such a porn star.’
Dr Skevofilax, a cosmetic surgeon with 15 years’ experience, instead attributed the increase in labiaplasties to women being more open about their experiences of pain from wearing tight clothing and solutions.
Where women want labia plastic surgery for aesthetic reasons, Dr. Skevofilax said he talked at length during the consultation to make sure the treatment was right for them.
“That way we can make sure people make the right decisions for themselves,” he said.
Labiaplasty involved using a scalpel or laser to reduce the size of the labia minora – the flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening.
The procedure can be performed under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia and can take one to two hours.
A labiaplasty generally costs between £2,000 and £4,000 in a private clinic, although the total cost can depend on the extent of work carried out.
As this is a cosmetic procedure, it is only available on the NHS in exceptional circumstances.
These include removing cancerous tissue if a woman has vulvar cancer.