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Body Image. 2014 Jan;11(1):57-62. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.10.003. Epub 2013 Nov 14.

A comparison of risk factors for women seeking labiaplasty compared to those not seeking labiaplasty.

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1
The Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. Electronic address: david.veale@kcl.ac.uk.
2
The Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
3
Urogynaecology Unit, King's College London and King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK.
4
Cosmetic Solutions Ltd., London, UK.

Abstract

Little is known about the factors associated with the desire for labiaplasty. We compared 55 women seeking labiaplasty with 70 women in a comparison group who were not seeking labiaplasty. Measures administered included the Perception of Appearance and Competency Related Teasing Scale, Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, Disgust Scale Revised, and the Genital Appearance Satisfaction scale with open-ended questions about their genitalia. Approximately a third of the labiaplasty group recalled specific negative comments in the past towards their labia, a proportion significantly greater than the three per cent in the comparison group. Participants reporting genital teasing also showed higher Genital Appearance Satisfaction scores than those who were not teased. However, women seeking labiaplasty were, compared to the comparison group, no more likely to have a history of neglect or abuse during childhood. There was no difference between the groups on disgust sensitivity or the perception of being teased in the past about their competence or appearance in general.

KEYWORDS:

Abuse; Body image disorder; Cosmetic surgery; Genitalia; Labiaplasty; Risk factors; Teasing

PMID:
24239491
DOI:
10.1016/j.bodyim.2013.10.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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