According to one doctor: "The primary goal of labiaplasty is to reduce the size of the labia by surgically removing excess skin and shaping it into a more youthful and attractive form. Three websites did recommend that women seek a second opinion and another required a recommendation from an independent doctor. This document is subject to copyright. The content is provided for information purposes only. The first principle of medicine is to do no harm.
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Women were warned that, should "symptoms" be left "untreated", they would worsen and "contribute to an unpleasant smell developing in the sensitive area". Because these websites represent GPs and surgeons, they carry the weight of professional and scientific respectability, which gives power to their message: women's most intimate bodies need to be shaped to conform to fashion or beauty ideals. Large labia minora were said to be "unhealthy and unhygienic". More than half of GPs surveyed in reported being consulted by women and girls wanting genital cosmetic surgery.