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Vaginal Resculpting

Mounting Excitement continued...

Compared to all obstetricians and gynecologists, Matlock says that his revenue is in the top one percent. And it's no wonder since each woman that lies on the operating table is asked to shell out $3,800 to $6,000 for a tailor-made vagina. Combination packages for different procedures can reach up to $15,000. (A resculpted labia at Stubbs' clinic goes for $2,300 by U.S. standards.)

The highly profitable venture is the reason, Matlock says, ob-gyn doctors have been flocking to his office for training and support. In the next few weeks alone, he will coach medical professionals from New York, Korea, and Canada, who plan to open their own regional institutes. A satellite office opened up in Atlanta earlier this year.

A Lift Down Under: Worth It?

Matlock makes no excuses for his work. He says he's merely listening to women, who for years have been dismayed when their doctors tell them to accept that loose vaginal muscles are just part of getting older or having children. Other women come in, he says, because they decide on their own that they want more aesthetically-pleasing vaginas, and often ask him to make theirs look like the models in Playboy magazine.

Many experts have frowned upon surgical methods like Matlock's, particularly because there are no recognized scientific or academic studies on the benefits or risks of the procedures.

"Surgery should be the last resort," says Alan Wabrek, MD, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Syracuse University in New York, who also ran a sexual counseling program at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut for 20 years. "If one person or the other is unhappy with a sexual relationship, it's frankly rare that something surgical is going to solve that."

All types of surgery has its risks, he adds, and any claims otherwise are untrue. Inevitable scarring, for instance, can leave the treated area -- especially the genitals -- very tender and painful.

Wabrek recommends discussing the sexual dilemma first with your partner, noting that perhaps she may have thought he was disappointed with her performance in bed when he really wasn't.

If that doesn't work, he suggests Kegel exercises, which are scientifically proven to help women increase muscle tone, and to become more aware of the sensations coming from her vagina.

Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women's Health Network, agrees with Wabrek, calling marketing claims for better, more sexually sensitive vaginas "a bunch of baloney."

Although Pearson is all for bestowing more attention on women's sexual needs and desires, she says she would prefer to see less invasive and less dangerous methods. She likens some vaginal surgery to the archaic practices of removing ladies' lower ribs to reduce waistline sizes, and having women wear rings around their necks to make them look longer. She says society has always had an official-sounding explanation for the reshaping of women's bodies.

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