Female Cosmetic Genital Surgery: lifestyle or science?

By Ilias Giarenis and Linda Cardozo

The demand for female cosmetic genital surgery (FCGS) has increased over the last decade [1]. This rise is difficult to quantify, as the majority of these procedures are performed in the private sector. However, this trend is also obvious within national health systems (NHS, UK), where the number of operations coded as ‘excision of excess labial tissue’ increased from 568 in 2002 to 1,064 in 2008 [2].

A number of reasons could explain the increasing demand for FCGS. Younger women favour less pubic hair, which results in easier visualisation of...

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