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September 04, 2007

More frontiers of plastic surgery

This is actually more of the same (click on the category link below). It's nothing really new, except that it's not every day that you see a headline at Newsweek's web site that reads: "The Perils of Designer Vaginas" (later amended to "Be Careful Down There").

Key line:

"What we're concerned about is that there is no safety or efficacy data for these procedures," says Dr. Cheryl Iglesia, a member of the committee that issued the statement and the director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. "There are no studies in peer-reviewed journals that show long-term outcomes." The vast majority of these procedures are not medically indicated, Iglesia says, and women could end up in worse shape than when they started because of complications like severe pain from scarring by lasers used on the vaginal wall, decreased lubrication or incontinence.