Australian doctors warn against 'designer vagina' craze
Australian doctors have raised concerns about clinics offering vaginal cosmetic surgery, warning the trend towards so-called "designer vaginas" may be exploiting vulnerable women.
"What is involved in these procedures is often unclear since recognised clinical nomenclature is not being used," it said in a position paper released this week.
"The real risks of potential complications such as scarring, permanent disfigurement, infection, dyspareunia and altered sexual sensations should be discussed in detail with women seeking such treatments," it said.
"The college is particularly concerned that such surgery may exploit vulnerable women," it said.
Ted Weaver, chairman of the college's women's health committee, said most of the operations cost at least 10,000 dollars (9,500 US), which he described as an "extraordinary amount of money".
Doctors in the United States and Britain have raised similar concerns about the surgery.