Well it seems designer vagina's are back in the news and after reading ninja's post I've dragged out this article my sister sent to me a while back, when I first became interested in the subject. (Err, not as an option for myself)
Christopher A. Warner says he considers himself
something of a maverick, a caring physician willing to
challenge medical orthodoxy in order to help women.
That’s why the 39-year-old board-certified
obstetrician-gynecologist recently opened the Laser
Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of Washington in a red
brick townhouse off Washington Circle. There, he is
building a business as the first area physician to perform controversial procedures that use a laser to
enhance sexual gratification by repairing tissue
damaged by childbirth, to give women a "youthful
aesthetic look" or to make those who are not appear to
David L.Matlock, the flamboyant California gynecologist who
invented or popularized many of these surgeries, says
he has performed more than 3,000 in the past 12 years
and has trained 140 doctors in a dozen states and 20
countries, including Argentina, Korea and Australia.
The proliferation of such surgeries, fueled in part by the growing popularity of cosmetic surgery and of reality television makeover shows such as the E!
network’s "Dr. 90210," alarms critics, who say there
is no evidence they are safe or effective, because
they have never been studied scientifically. Some say
the procedures foster — or create — insecurity while
doing little to treat the underlying causes of female
"I’m asked about these procedures a lot," said sex
therapist Laura Berman, who directs an eponymous
clinic for women in Chicago. "We’re in a culture,
unfortunately, where most women are falling down a
slippery slope with plastic surgery. It’s very
And Nawal Nour, an assistant professor of obstetrics
and gynecology at Harvard Medical School, is no fan of
what she calls "designer vaginas.""I have always believed that empowerment is via the brain, not the body," Nour said.
Critics and supporters of vaginal cosmetic surgery say
the mainstreaming of graphic images, including
pornography, is fueling demand.
Warner and Matlock say that patients frequently
request "a nice sleek look" similar to images seen in
Playboy magazine and on some cable TV channels. "Women
tell us they want to look like they’re 18 again,"
There is little dispute that one procedure, known as
hymenoplasty, is performed primarily for the
impression it will make on men.
The surgery, which takes about 30 minutes, restores
the hymen, the membrane that typically covers the
vagina prior to first intercourse. Surgeons say there
is a growing demand for the surgery, particularly
among women of Middle Eastern and Hispanic descent –
cultures where female chastity can be a prerequisite
Berman said that hymenoplasty thrives on credulousness
and that patients "fall prey to these surgeons who
say, ‘I can make you look perfect.’ "
"It’s one more thing we can feel insecure about," she
observed. "We women are just suckers for that." ·
Cosmetic Surgery’s New Frontier Procedures Popularized In L.A.’s 90210 Come to D.C.’s 20037
By Sandra G. Boodman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 6, 2007; HE01
But if you're thinking of it for cosmetic reasons – think hard.