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More Teenage Girls Seeking Genital Cosmetic Surgery

More Teenage Girls Seeking Genital Cosmetic Surgery

More Teenage Girls Seeking Genital Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Jennifer Walden Quoted in the New York Times

Worried.

But Dr. Jennifer Walden of Austin, Tex., who has done labia surgery on teenagers, dismissed the idea that girls who wanted the surgery had a psychiatric disorder. “If they’re coming to a cosmetic surgeon, they do not like the cosmetic appearance of it,” said Dr. Walden, who added that she performed the procedure only on patients that she deemed emotionally stable and had their parents’ consent. “But that often goes hand in hand with a functional element in teenagers as well.”

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A version of this article appears in print on 04/26/2016, on page D4 of the NewYork edition with the headline: A Baffling Trend in Surgery.

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