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The vaginal labia come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The inner labia, in particular, can range from nearly invisible to bountiful and overflowing. For those who’d prefer smaller inner lips, a procedure known as labiaplasty can surgically reduce their size.

Not everyone thinks labiaplasty is a beneficial procedure.

In 2017, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology (ACOG) sounded the alarm about labiaplasty, noting that the procedure, which had been on the rise since 2011, saw a sharp increase in cases in 2016.

In a statement, ACOG explicitly expressed concern about increased teen interest in the procedure, cautioning its members against surgically altering young patients’ labia in most cases and noting that many adolescent labiaplasties could be in violation of laws against female genital mutilation (FGM).

ACOG’s discussion of labiaplasty also offered a few possible reasons for why the procedure was growing in popularity. The increased demand could merely be a product of increased awareness of the procedure, or, the statement suggested, a byproduct of the pubic hair removal trend