Preferences in the Aesthetic Appearance of the Female External Genitalia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Christopher J. Salgado
MD, Division of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
1120 NW 14th St, Clinical Research Building 4th floor
Miami, Florida 33136, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 08 2016; Accepted Date: February 10, 2016; Published Date: February 17, 2016
Citation: Christopher JS, Lydia AF, Renee G, Priscila S, Dalila LB, et al. (2016) Preferences in the Aesthetic Appearance of the Female External Genitalia. Anaplastology 5:156. doi:10.4172/2161-1173.1000156
Copyright: © 2016 Christopher JS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: In recent years, women have become more dissatisfied with the appearance of their labia minora, in particular their width, shape, and symmetry, prompting increased requests for labiaplasty. This has been attributed to the popular depiction of female genitalia in media outlets as homogenously hairless, symmetrical, and without protruding labia minora. Over-reduction of labia minora, although requested by patients, should not be performed due to their physiologic importance.
Methods: We designed a survey to better understand preferences for the aesthetic appearance of female external genitalia. Survey Monkey was used to distribute an online questionnaire to a convenience sample of authors’ contacts. Respondents were asked to refer to three images of female external genitalia-varying in labia minora width but all still physiologically normal-and select the image that they felt to be most normal and most attractive, respectively. Pearson’s chi square test with significance level of 5% was used for statistical analysis.
Results: Overall 95.8% (767/800) selected non-visible or slightly visible labia as the most “normal” variants, and 96.6% (773/800) selected either A or B for the most “attractive” variants of labia minora. Respondents selected images most consistent with popular culture depictions of genitalia, which seem to be driving genital plastic surgery requests.
Conclusion: Given these findings, we recommend a discussion with patients about preferences and a belief regarding what is truly normal and encourages more wide spread media visibility and education about normal physiologic variability in female external genitalia.