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Plastic surgery addict claims his ‘botched nose job’ has left him with a painful and PERMANENT erection – The Sun

A PLASTIC surgery addict claims a botched nose job has left him with a painful and PERMANENT erection.

Reality TV star Neven Ciganovic flew to Iran to have an op to fix his crooked nose.

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But when the 45-year-old returned home to the Serbian capital, Belgrade he began to suffer long-lasting erections.

The Croatian stylist said: “I was in Iran for rhinoplasty for the documentary film that Channel 4 is filming covering my life.

“We did not record the surgery but only the consultation sessions with the doctor.

“They gave me general anaesthesia and I reacted badly to it.”

Neven said it was during his plastic surgery that doctors diagnosed him with the rare condition, priapism.

It’s where a guy suffers a painful erection that lasts for several hours.

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It’s not necessarily related to sexual stimulation or excitement and won’t disappear after orgasm.

If the erection lasts longer than four hours, it’s deemed a medical emergency.

Permanent damage can be caused if a man’s member isn’t treated quickly, and can result in a bloke being unable to get it up in the future.

The condition happens when blood rushes to the penis and is unable to flow out.

Anything that affects the nervous system can trigger priapism.

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Disrupting the normal way the nerves that trigger an erection work, can widen the arteries in the penis causing more blood to flow in than normal.

And lots of different medications can also play a role.

A RARE AND AGONISING CONDITION THAT CAUSES PERMANENT HARD ONS

PRIAPISM is a rare condition that causes a guy to endure a painful erection for hours on end.

Its not necessarily related to sexual stimulation or excitement and wont disappear after orgasm.

If the erection lasts longer than four hours, its deemed a medical emergency.

It happens when blood rushes into the penis and is unable to flow out.

There are a number of things that can trigger priapism.

Anything that affects the nervous system can disrupt the nerves that trigger an erection.

As a result the arteries in the penis can widen causing more blood to flow in than normal.

And medications can also play a role.

Anticoagulants used to thin the blood such as warfarin and heparin, are linked to priapism, according to the NHS.

As are drugs used to treaterectile dysfunction, some antidepressants, and drugs used totreat high blood pressure.

In some cases recreational drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, crystal meth and cannabis have also been found to trigger the nasty condition.

Anticoagulants – used to thin the blood – such as warfarin and heparin, are linked to priapism, according to the NHS.

As are drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction, some antidepressants, and drugs used to treat high blood pressure.

In some cases recreational drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, crystal meth and cannabis have also been found to trigger the nasty condition.

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The reality star recovered in hospital, but said doctors there refused painkillers despite him being in agony.

During his stay, he said: “I reside in Belgrade hospital since Friday.

“Unfortunately, I do not get analgesics because they do not give them to patients here, so I continue to suffer.

“I have to be at the hospital for five more days.”

Neven said he has now had an operation to relieve his priapism, but doctors have warned he won’t fully recover for a few months.

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Surgeons can insert a shunt into the penis, to create a new route for blood to flow out of the penis, to prevent the long-lasting erections.

The plastic surgery addict has had more than a dozen ops, three on his nose, plus procedures to enhance his lips, stomach and chin.

But it is the final nose operation, to correct a wonky septum, that will be the one to propel him to international star status.

He said: “I look forward to a movie about myself.

“Channel 4 dedicated a whole episode about me. I think this is a big deal and I hope this is the start of my international career.”

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While he spent some time in London filming with Channel 4, Neven adopted the motto: “Better to hate me because for what I am than to love me for what I’m not.”

And he said he’s considering more non-surgical treatments to improve his looks such as another “vampire face lift” where platelets are extracted from a patients blood and then used as a skin filler.

He shrugged off criticism that his extensive surgeries have only worsened his looks.

“I often hear from people that I looked better before surgery,” he said.

“It was a long time ago and I’m curious, who will not look better if they are 20 years younger?”

‘GET ME OFF THE BOOB TRAIN’ Botched doctors use LEECHES to suck blood from actress’s nipples to fix horror boob job

BOOB JOB HORROR Woman, 35, suffers cardiac arrest from botched breast implants after unqualified tourist pumps her with TEN times safe painkiller dose’

CHEST NOT SEXY Mum was forced to DUCT TAPE her drooping boobs into place during sex after botched op

LIP SERVICE Engineer, 25, who couldn’t TALK after botched 340 fillers has 13 cysts removed from her lips by Body Fixers doctor

SINKING FEELING Botched boob job made woman’s boobs SHRINK and left nipples under the bottom of her breasts

MESH HELL Mum-of-two left a broken woman after botched vaginal mesh op left her homeless, jobless and unable to have sex

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Art Harding’s instant Face And Neck Lift – Eris Collection

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My diary of a neck lift: From sagging, to staples, to my son’s reaction – Telegraph.co.uk

The late, great Nora Ephron named her 2006 book of essays I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. These wonderful, reassuring conversations detail her concerns about such thingsas her neck, her breasts and how to deal with the chaotic contents of her handbag.

I am a huge Ephron fan. She knew among numerous other things exactly how I felt about my own neck. She started to feel bad about hers in her early forties. Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of 35 you will be nostalgic for at the age of 45. She said.

That was me, but older. Just to be clear, I dont feel bad about my face. In fact, I feel pretty good about it. I have really good skin there, like my Mother who barely had a line on hers (I used to joke that I had my mothers skin on my face and my grandmothers skin on my neck).

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Int’l Beauty and Aesthetic Medicine Exhibition due in city – MENAFN.COM

(MENAFN – AzerNews) Beauty #Azerbaijan 2017, the 11th #Azerbaijan International Beauty and Aesthetic Medicine exhibition, country’s leading beauty industry event, will take place on September 28-30 at Baku Expo Center.

Beauty #Azerbaijan brings together industry specialists, manufacturers and distributors of cosmetics from many countries.

The exhibition is officially supported by the Ministry of Healthcareof Azerbaijan, the #Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) and the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organisations of the #Azerbaijan Republic (ASK).

The organizers of the exhibition are Iteca Caspian and its partner ITE Group.

This year companies from Azerbaijan, Italy, Korea, Russia, Turkey, USA and sever other countries will participate in the exhibition. They will present professional cosmetics, a wide range of equipment for beauty salons, meso preparations, cosmetological equipment and others.

Within the framework of the business program of the exhibition, will be held bilateral meetings between manufacturers and distributors, prepared by the organizers.

Companies will hold presentations to demonstrate exclusive products, and body and hair care master classes at their stands.

Beauty #Azerbaijan 2017 will take place alongside the 23rd #Azerbaijan International Healthcare exhibition BIHE 2017. The programme of master classes will be available on the exhibition website

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Galderma Names Alisa Lask to Oversee Aesthetic & Corrective Business Unit – PR Newswire (press release)

In her new role, Alisa will manage Galderma’s broad portfolio of treatments including Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane – L and Sculptra Aesthetic and continue to build on the portfolio’s two decades of leadership in aesthetic medicine. In the U.S., Galderma most recently launched Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne, two FDA-approved, next-generation flexible HA dermal fillers that continue to deliver on the franchise’s mission to be the leader in natural expression.1

“Since joining Galderma in 2015, Alisa has consistently demonstrated her ability to direct strategy, interpret market insights and lead teams,” said Miles Harrison, President & General Manager, Galderma North America. “She’s a visionary executive with strong business acumen and passion for the customer. The North American Leadership Team and I are delighted for her to take this critical role for the Aesthetic & Corrective business.”

“I am confident with Galderma’s rich pipeline we will continue to bring solutions to the marketplace that transform category expectations, and I’m honored to lead a business unit poised to deliver a new chapter of aesthetic innovation,” said Alisa.

Alisa has a long history in medical device and aesthetic industries, including her time at Allergan in global strategic marketing for facial aesthetics where she focused on new product planning in aesthetic innovation. Prior to that, she was Vice President of global strategic marketing at Zimmer Biomet, the global leader of hip and knee implants. Additionally, Alisa spent 11 years at Eli Lilly specializing in marketing for women’s health and neuroscience. Alisa received an MBA from University of Michigan in Marketing and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Miami, Oxford, Ohio in Marketing and Finance.

About GaldermaGalderma, Nestl Skin Health’s medical solutions business, was created in 1981 and is now present in over 100 countries with an extensive product portfolio to treat a range of dermatological conditions. The company partners with health care practitioners around the world to meet the skin health needs of people throughout their lifetime. Galderma is a leader in research and development of scientifically-defined and medically-proven solutions for the skin, hair and nails.

Strategic brands in the U.S. include Epiduo Gel, Epiduo Forte Gel, Oracea Capsules, Clobex Spray, Mirvaso Gel, MetroGel Gel, Soolantra Cream, Vectical Cream, Tri-Luma Cream, Cetaphil, Differin Gel OTC, Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Dysport and Sculptra Aesthetic.

For more information, please visit http://www.galdermausa.com and http://www.galderma.com.

ImportantSafety Information

ApprovedUses:RestylaneRefyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.

RestylaneDefyneis indicated for injection into the mid-to-deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe, deep facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.

Contraindications:RestylaneRefyne and RestylaneDefyne contain traces of gram-positive bacterial protein and are contraindicated for patients with allergies to such material or for patients with severe allergies that have required in-hospital treatment. They should not be used by patients with bleeding disorders, with hypersensitivity to amide-type local anesthetics, such as lidocaine, or by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

PossibleSideEffects:The most commonly observed side effects include swelling, redness, pain, bruising, tenderness, headache, lump formation, and itching at the injection site. Use at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete.

These products should not be injected into the blood vessels as they may cause vascular occlusion, infarction, or embolic phenomena. Use with caution in patients recently treated with anticoagulant or platelet inhibitors to avoid bleeding and bruising.

As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.

To report a side effect with any of the Restylane products, please call Galderma Laboratories, L.P at 1-855-425-8722.

RestylaneRefyne and RestylaneDefyne are available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete Instructions for Use are available at http://www.RestylaneUSA.com.

2017 Galderma Laboratories, L.P. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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George Kouris, MD & Jocelin Sisto MA, MMS, PA-C Among First to Offer New BodyTite RFAL Treatment at 2 Locations … – PR Newswire (press release)

With hundreds of surgical practices in North America already utilizing InMode Aesthetic Solutions,doctors can ensure their patients receive surgical-like procedures with limited downtime by using the new BodyTite. The FDA cleared technology, for use on the stomach, arms, chest/breast, knees and inner/outer thighs, is minimally invasive and leaves virtually no scarring. Patients can elect to get treated under local anesthesia, thereby avoiding the need for heavy sedation. Results can be seen immediately after one treatment and are more evident over three to six months post-treatment.

Previously, patients looking for fat reduction procedures had limited options including multiple non-invasive treatments with limited skin contraction results, a surgical tummy tuck with downtime or a brachioplasty, leaving large excision scars. These options left patients who wanted less invasive procedures without a solution, or unhappy with the results of their treatment. With BodyTite, doctors are able to ensure patients receive minimally invasive, effective procedures and offer powerful aesthetic results.

“In the time since we’ve begun offering BodyTite, I have been very impressed with the amount of skin tightening we have seen. Patients were thrilled with the changes they are seeing after their procedure” says Dr. Kouris. “Very few technologies will actually change the way we practice, BodyTite is one of those technologies.”

Dr. Kouris and Midwest Plastic Surgery are located at 5201 S. Willow Springs Rd, Ste 440, LaGrange, IL. For more information, call 708-354-4667 or visit http://www.midwestplasticsurgery.org.

About Dr. Kouris and Midwest Plastic SurgeryGeorge Kouris, MD, and Midwest Plastic Surgery offers a comprehensive approach to cosmetic procedures. We offer the entire spectrum from non-invasive to surgical solutions for patient’s cosmetic needs. Understanding what will make a patient happy begins with careful listening during the surgical consultation. This is then followed by a thorough examination and a thoughtful recommendation. Aligning patient desires with realistic patient expectations is paramount to patient satisfaction and our main goal.

About InMode: InMode’s technological advancements have become the new standard for aesthetic medicine, specifically in the radio-frequency aesthetic market. For more than three decades our R&D team was critical in developing state-of-the-art light, laser and radio-frequency devices, thereby launching and shaping the industry. Our technology continues that legacy in providing superior satisfaction for both the patient and the practice. Learn more about InMode technologies by visitingwww.inmodemd.com.

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Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery Market Outlook, Major Manufactures including Business Overview, Company … – satPRnews (press release)

Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery Market Report provides an analytical assessment of the prime challenges faced by this Market currently and in the coming years, which helps Market participants in understanding the problems they may face while operating in this Market over a longer period of time.

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The Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery Market Report provides a comprehensive study of leaders of the Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery market with key information like product picture and specifications, contact information and company profile, cost, revenue, price, capacity and production.

Further in the Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery Market research report, following points are included along with in-depth study of each point:

Production Analysis Production of the Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery is analysed with respect to different regions, types and applications. Here, price analysis of various Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery Market key players is also covered.

Sales and Revenue Analysis Both, sales and revenue are studied for the different regions of the global Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery Market. another major aspect, price, which plays important part in the revenue generation is also assessed in this section for the various regions.

Supply and Consumption In continuation with sales, this section studies supply and consumption for the Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery Market. This part also sheds light on the gap between supple and consumption.

Other analyses Apart from the aforementioned information, trade and distribution analysis for the Aesthetic Medicine and Cosmetic Surgery Market, contact information of major manufacturers, suppliers and key consumers is also given.

In continuation with this data sale price is for various types, applications and region is also included. Additionally, type wise and application wise consumption figures are also given.

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Say no to surgeries for face tightening, embrace safer methods – The Indian Express

By: IANS | New Delhi | Published:September 1, 2017 7:15 pm Laser skin tightening is a no downtime procedure that improves facial skin tone and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. For some patients, it is also considered facelift insurance, as it can put off the need for a more invasive procedure for many years.

With age, facial skin becomes progressively lax, sagging along the jawbone and under the eyes, and many opt for surgeries for this. Experts suggest people can go for pain-free cosmetic technology to attain a youthful appearance.

Nitin S Walia, senior consultant, Dermatology at BLK Super Specialty Hospital and Navjot Singh Arora, consultant dermatologist at Dermaheal Clinic, have given a few inputs:

* Laser skin tightening is a no downtime procedure that improves facial skin tone and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. For some patients, it is also considered facelift insurance, as it can put off the need for a more invasive procedure for many years.

* Botoxs contribution on the other hand, not only helps in elimination of fine lines and wrinkles but also droops at the angle of lips and correction of neck lines. It also helps achieve a slimmer and well defined jaw line. A botox injection takes a short time to administer and fixes fine lines conveniently and non-invasively.

* Injectable skin fillers have added new dimensions to the field of cosmetic dermatology, allowing new forms of facial rejuvenation and wrinkle treatment without surgery. Fillers are designed to increase tissue volume (as with lip augmentation), and improve the skins overall contour.

* Platelet-rich plasma injections help in the generation of healthier cell production and a youthful appearance. Advanced facial skin sagging requires a necklift, a midface lift, and significant upper and lower eyelid skin excess requires a blepharoplasty. The goal is subtle, natural-looking results that make you look better, not different.

* Saggy skin is basically a part and parcel of ageing which will occur at some point of time, but it can be delayed to a great extent with the regular use of sun protection (with the help of sunscreens and physical barriers) and application of stable forms of vitamin C and aloe vera.

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Labiaplasty: Understanding why women have cosmetic surgery on their vulva – ABC Online

From a young age, Sally* felt there was something wrong with her body.

It started when she went through puberty. She developed the view that her genitals weren’t normal.

She became convinced that her labia, the folds of skin or lips that surround the vaginal opening, weren’t like other girls. She was convinced that they were bigger and more asymmetrical.

The images of women’s vulvas that Sally was exposed to, in sex ed classes and on the internet, didn’t help.

“From a young age, I experienced what porn was like, so I just didn’t understand how or what the average vagina should look like. I just didn’t feel like mine was normal,” she said.

But it wasn’t just Sally’s confidence and self-esteem that were affected. Her labia caused her physical discomfort too.

“I was very athletic and I used to do a lot of running. Pants sit high on the crotch for women, so there was a lot of rubbing which would leave my vulva quite tender and quite sore,” she said.

When Sally became sexually active, her anxiety about her genitals affected her confidence with sexual partners.

“My mind would constantly be fixated on the issue … it was really difficult to relax and sort of enjoy nice moments,” she said.

“I never received any negative comments from partners. It was always a positive thing and it was never an issue with them.

“But with my mind already made up, it was really difficult for me to sort of accept that it was okay and that I shouldn’t have to worry about it.”

Sally’s belief that there was something “wrong” was made worse by the fact that there was no-one for her to talk to.

“It was something that women don’t really bring up, and it wasn’t something that I was comfortable bringing up in front of other women [either],” she said.

Eventually she went to the internet looking for answers, and that’s when she found out about labiaplasty.

Research suggests Sally’s experience of not feeling normal is increasingly common.

Last year, a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found a growing number of doctors had received requests from girls younger than 18 for cosmetic surgery on their labias.

Dr Magdalena Simonis from the University of Melbourne, the study’s lead author, says she has had girls as young as 10 coming to see her with their mothers.

“You sort of wonder where that concern comes from because mothers can often compare what they see of their daughters with what they have seen of themselves,” she said.

“But children will often go through certain growth spurts and the genital tissue might look more prominent in a 10 or 12-year-old. As the rest of the body grows, [it] balances out the appearance.”

Dr Simonis says the way we talk to children about their bodies, in particular their genitals, as they go through puberty, is problematic.

“Girls often grow up thinking that the entire area, the vulva, is called a vagina and that’s incorrect,” she said.

“The vagina is actually just a very distinct orifice and the other parts are very important in the sexual responsiveness and also in lubrication … they’re developed for a purpose.”

And it’s not just younger women caught up in genital anxiety.

Ninety-seven per cent of GPs surveyed in the BMJ study reported women of all ages had expressed concern about their genitals and whether they were normal.

When their doctors examined them, they found “they were perfectly normal or fitted within a range that is representative of the diversity that exists”.

Labiaplasty in Australia

Women choose to have labiaplasty for a number of reasons.

Most women say it’s because they don’t like the appearance of their labia. Some say they are motivated by functional reasons, such as discomfort during sex or while wearing tight clothing. Others, like Sally, say it’s a combination of both.

When it comes to concerns about genital appearance, experts say that what we see in the media particularly in pornography is one reason for growing genital dissatisfaction.

In Australia, protruding inner labia are considered too explicit to be shown to M15+ audiences. This means women’s genitals are often airbrushed to a single crease (so they are hidden behind the outer labia), or else publishers are hit with a R18+ classification.

This is to fit with Australian Classification Guidelines, which state: “Realistic depictions of sexualised nudity should not be high in impact. Realistic depictions may contain discreet genital detail but there should be no genital emphasis.”

It’s not just how female genitals are shown naked, either. An analysis of women’s magazines found the female pubic area (when shown in underwear, swimming costumes or gym wear) is “usually obscured in some way” or represented as a “smooth curve”.

These images and the failure to depict a broad range of labia size may be promoting an unrealistic genital ideal, and setting women up to dislike the way they naturally look.

As well, Dr Simonis says the trend to remove pubic hair means women’s vulvas are more exposed than they were in previous decades.

“Brazilian waxes have actually exposed an area that has traditionally been either mysterious or has had negative sort of values ascribed to it,” she said.

“When they see this tissue, it’s new to them, so there’s ignorance, there’s sometimes alarm and sometimes disgust as a consequence.”

Research has also shown that derogatory comments from other people can be a motivating factor for women seeking labiaplasty.

A 2016 study found some women elected to have the surgery because of negative comments made to them about their genitals from a former sexual partner causing long-term psychological distress.

Sally underwent labiaplasty surgery earlier this year and says she’s now more confident in herself and her sexuality.

“I’m more comfortable now being exposed with my partner. I feel like it generally looks a lot better and it definitely feels a lot better more comfortable,” she said.

Indeed, research shows most women who have the surgery are, by and large, very satisfied with the appearance of their genitals after surgery.

But labiaplasty is often advertised as a way for women to restore self-confidence and even improve sexual relationships.

Research shows that this is not always the case: women’s overall psychological and sexual wellbeing does not improve.

In 2015, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) introduced world-first guidelines to assist GPs and other health professionals navigate women’s concerns about their genital appearance.

The guidelines stress that women’s motivations for seeking surgery should be thoroughly examined, and that they should be informed of the serious risks involved including infection, scarring, bleeding, and loss of sensation, particularly during sex.

There is also the recommendation that these women be educated about female genital anatomy and reassured that there is a wide range of normal labial appearances.

While this approach may dissuade some women from undergoing labiaplasty, interviews with women who have had the surgery suggest they were aware they fell within the “normal” range and that this did not dissuade them.

“If they know it’s what they want, they should do it with no doubt. I feel as though it’s your body, so make a decision that’s going to be best for yourself,” Sally said.

“But if a woman feels like she has to have it for her partner or for anyone else other than herself, I think that’s all the wrong reasons to get it done.”

Sally agrees with Dr Simonis that women would benefit from being more aware of genital diversity, including labia size and shape.

Dr Simonis says parents and teachers needed to “use correct terminology” when teaching children about genital anatomy.

“We need to explain that there are different parts we need to explain that this is all normal,” she said.

Sally says better education might help us all to embrace our bodies for what they are.

“I guess if I had had that sort of exposure, I would have been more accepting and more open to feeling a lot more confident and comfortable in my body,” she said.

*Sally’s name has been changed.

Dr Gemma Sharp is a clinical psychologist registrar and psychological researcher at Curtin University. She is also one of RN’s Top 5 Under 40 scientists.

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Women being ‘upsold’ into labiaplasty by cosmetic clinics, say health experts – Esperance Express

Women are being ‘upsold’ invasive genital surgeries by unscrupulous cosmetic clinics that do not properly inform them about the risks, or whether the surgery might be unnecessary, experts say.

Doctors are now advised to give women seeking genital surgery a mirror, and a lesson on just how much variation there is among women. Photo: Fairax Photographic, 1959

Doctors are now advised to give women seeking genital surgery a mirror, and a lesson on just how much variation there is among women. Photo: Louie Douvis

Women are being “upsold”invasive genital surgeries by unscrupulous cosmetic clinics that do not properly inform them about the risks, or whether the surgery is even necessary, health experts say.

While data showspublic health authorities have managed tolowerrates of publiclyfundedlabiaplasty, which involves cutting away parts of the labia minora, the private sector is still a”wild west”, according to clinicians working in the area.

The Royal College of General Practitioners in Julyreleased a new guide for doctors on treating patients who request genital surgery, including recommending that they be directed to images of female genitalia that have not been digitally altered, such asthe online databaseThe Labia Library(note: link contains images of labia).

It also warnspurely cosmetic female genital surgery could actually fit the legal criteria for female genital mutilation, areligious and cultural practice among some groups that is banned across Australia.

Medicare data shows a 28 per cent decline in the number ofsubsidised labiaplasties in the past financial year, after new rules were put in place to ensure women were not undergoing the procedure unnecessarily.

Women who apply to have publicly fundedlabiaplasty must now provide an expert review panel with photographs of their genitalia, so they can be assessed for unusual physical symptoms that need repair, or told that they fall within the range of normal variation.

Magdalena Simonis, who wrote the college guidelines, said publicly funded genital surgery was just “the tip of the iceberg”.

“Private cosmetic surgeons don’t need to list their data and they don’t,” she said. “There are some plastic surgeons who say they see 100 patients a year, but then there are big cosmetic franchises who say they are doing thousands.”

While plastic surgeons must undergo years of training to qualify, cosmetic procures are less regulated and may be done by practitioners with varying levels of training and expertise.

Dr Simonis said it was questionable whether all women undergoing genital surgery were actually being given the information about the range of appearances that were normal, and the risks of surgery, which they needed to give informed consent.

“If she doesn’t get that information from her doctor, she’s going to get it from the internet.”

In some cases, women were being pressured into more extensive surgery to the clitoral hood because doctors had removed so much of their labia that they needed to “balance”out the other areas.

“Some of the clinicians that are performing these surgeries are not acting in the best interests of patients,” she said.

Frances D’Arcy-Tehan, a counselling psychologist and clinical sexologist who is completing a PhD at the University of Sydney on genital perceptions and surgery among Australian women, said it was strange that female genital mutilation was banned, but genital cutting was OKfor “Susie from North Sydney”.

“I don’t think women here are really getting the full story,” she said. “This [surgery] is still for cultural reasons, but it’s just for an ideal image [rather than religion].”

She said many patients were not warned that cutting their labia could reduce sexual functioning.

“The labia minora is a highly erotic and sensitive tissue and it’s important for arousal,” she said. “It’s normal to have protrusion and when you are aroused, it actually gets engorged”.

Ms D’Arcy-Tehan said the surgery industry was a “wild west” and there were anecdotal reports of women seeking repairs for botched treatment.

She said women might seek the surgery so they could participate in transient fashion trends for tight clothes or small bikinis, because they had removed their pubic hair and were uncomfortable with the sight of their labia, or because they or their partner had only seen highly stylised labia depicted in pornography.

“One study found about 30 per cent of women who had labiaplasty were teased by their boyfriend about the appearance of their labia,” she said.

Monash University is currently undertaking a study about men and women’s attitudes to women’s genitals in Australia. You can participatehere.

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