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A significant rise over the last 3 years in the numbers of women seeking corrective surgery to improve the appearance of their vagina may be the result of a wider awareness of genital anatomy in the population than ever before.

Mr Nicholas H Morris MBBS FRCOG, a consultant Gynaecologist in London, and a member of the team at reports a significant rise in women seeking labiaplasty and perineal corrective Surgery to improve the appearance of their labia and perineum. He carries out these procedures at the Cadogan Clinic in Knightsbridge.

A labiaplasty / labial trimming procedure involves reshaping the ‘labia’ and sometimes the perineum so that the genitalia take on a ‘tidier’ and more even shape and appearance.

Mr Morris attributes the rise in the number of labiaplasty operations to a set of circumstances that are unique to the 21st century.

“One of the main underlying causes for the increase in demand for this type of surgery in is much greater awareness of the female genital anatomy than ever before. Technology, the Internet, a greater openness about and a greater social acceptance of the sharing of information about the body and sexual matters in our society are all contributors. The cosmetic side of surgery is also more widely known about, and is a more popular consideration and option in today’s society.

The fashion for pubic hair shaving and even the desire among some younger people to have genitals like those on the pornography that their partner reads are also reasons that some women give for wanting the surgery” says Mr. Morris. “I have to be scrupulously honest and for some women it is a great disappointment to be told that they have normal labia and will not benefit from surgery.”

Mr Morris stresses that women’s concerns are very real, there are often very practical reasons for wanting vaginal corrective surgery, and that reasons for wanting this type of surgery vary a great deal.

“It is important not to be judgmental about what are very real concerns among women. This is not simply about vanity or fashion. Some women may have been experiencing problems since puberty or they may want to relieve the discomfort caused by clothing in that area. The reasons women give for wanting a labiaplasty operation vary a great deal. It could be to improve a woman’s self esteem. It may be because they are embarrassed or conscious about the appearance of their genitalia particularly if there have been relationship issues. In terms of profession and interests, dancers, sportswomen and horse riders are often interested in this type of operation” says Mr. Morris.

Mr. Morris and the team at understand and are sympathetic to women’s reasons for wanting these operations and the approach is very much a joint one.

“With a labiaplasty / labial trimming operation for example it is not simply a case of me operating because a woman says ‘take it all away please’. I actually collaborate closely with a psychiatrist and a psychosexual therapist. I believe that a psychological and sensitive approach is essential, as is the need to rule out body dysmorphia, and self harm. It is also about being honest about normality and helping some patients to deal with their thoughts and feelings about their bodies.”

For more information contact Mr Nicholas H Morris on 0203 3180263 or visit

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