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'G-spot amplification' surgery for enhanced sexual pleasure?

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 5, 2013 in Health
Recent reports claim a "disturbing trend" of increase in supposedly effective "G-spot amplification" procedures that enhance a woman's G-spot size and thus sensitivity for enhanced sexual pleasure and multiple orgasms.
But some medical experts are warning against the trend, saying that women who pay for G-spot injections may be exposing themselves to harm.
The boom in the cosmetic/plastic surgery industry has seen women paying for "designer vagina" cosmetic treatments or genital surgical treatments to tidy up the appearance of the external genitals. Such treatments include waxing, trimming and shaving; "vajazzling" that involves adding glittery cosmetics to the vulva region and procedures such as "labioplasty" or "the Barbie" used to "perfect" the appearance of the external parts of the vagina.
"G-spot amplification" or the "G-shot" is the latest manifestation of "designer vagina" treatments. It involves injecting hyaluronic acid, the chemical used externally as a facial filler in cosmetic surgery, into the vaginal "G-spot" region to enhance the ability of the "spot" to respond to erotic stimulation.
In spite of disclaimers being issued by several medical authorities, some of the foremost purveyors of the new treatment are highly qualified medical professionals who under ordinary circumstances cannot be dismissed as quacks. The Daily Mail reports that Glancey Medical Associates in Essex, UK has been attracting a lot of attention and patronage lately after it started offering "G-Spot injections" or "G-shots" for "G-spot amplification."
The proprietor of the clinic, Dr. Lucy Glancey, is a "highly qualified cosmetic doctor," the Daily Mail reports. She introduced the treatment at her clinic three years ago. Since then, she has performed 150 procedures.
According to Glancey, she was introduced to the procedure when she attended a medical conference where the controversial cosmetic gynecologist Dr. David Matlock, who presented a lecture titled "The G-shot."
Glancey said: "I was interested in it, so I developed my own technique, which I tried on volunteers from my database of regular patients. That way I could be sure they were of sound mind, with no psychological issues. I evaluated the results and found a high rate of satisfaction."
Glancey describes her procedure as "safe enough" and claims that she takes an "ethical approach" to her work.
But Dr. Petra Boynton, senior lecturer in international health-care research at the University College London, objects to Glancey's surgical procedure, saying it is "unsubstantiated by any serious research."
Consultant Plastic surgeon Paul Barnwell, member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons described it as "gimmick surgery." According to the Daily Mail, he said: "I don't offer it, I don't support it, and we just don't know enough about possible side-effects, such as scarring and a reduction of libido over time."
Dr. David Matlock, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who invented the "G-shot," introduced it in the United States, while Professor Phanuel Dartey and Dr. Lucy Glancey were among the first professionals to introduce it in the UK.
Matlock, according to The Herald Sun, charges $1500 a treatment, and patients are asked to return once every four to six months to renew treatment.
But experts are warning that the long-term effects of injecting a foreign material into the vagina are uncertain. The Herald Sun reports that in 2008, when "designer vagina" treatments were introduced in Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a statement that described the trend as "dangerous, expensive and unwarranted."
Dr. Ted Weaver, chairman of the college's women's health committee, said: "The college is particularly concerned that such surgery may exploit vulnerable women... prey on people with insecurities and fears, who actually need psychological help."
The American College Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists also issued a statement, saying that the "safety and effectiveness of procedures such as 'vaginal rejuvenation,' 'designer vaginoplasty.' 're-virgination,' and 'G-spot amplification' " have not been confirmed scientifically.
The statement said: "Women should be informed about the lack of data supporting the efficacy of these procedures and their potential complications, including infection, altered sensation, painful intercourse, adhesions and scarring."
One of Dr Matlock's first British trainees, Professor Phanuel Dartey, a London-based gynecologist, had his license to practice as a surgeon withdrawn in 2011 after "'effectively amputating' parts of one woman's anatomy during a procedure involving lasers," the Daily Mail reports.
In spite of warnings that the procedure may be harmful more than 200 doctors have trained with Matlock to administer the "G-shot" treatment and the evidence is that they are doing brisk business providing the service to women who wish to enhance their sex lives.
The first problem with Matlock's "G-shot" is that the existence of a G-spot in women that is sensitive to sexual stimulation is not a scientifically established fact. Digital Journal reported recently that a retired surgeon claimed that he found the G-spot "described as the UFO of gynecology." He described it as "a tiny bunch-of-grapes-like structure enclosed in a bluish sac deep in the front wall of the vagina." According to Adam Ostrzenski, MD, PhD, of St. Petersburg, Fla., the G-spot is "an erectile body... causing elevation of the [front of the] vaginal wall at the beginning of the sexual excitement."
But may experts contested his claim, saying it was based on a single dissection performed on a deceased 83-year-old woman. The experts pointed out that several other experiments have raised questions about the validity of his conclusions.
Dr Matlock claims that an enlarged G-spot would be easier to find during sexual intercourse, and a larger surface area will make it more sensitive to stimulation.
Glancy dismisses questions raised about the existence of the G-spot, saying that she routinely locates the spot prior to "augmentation" treatments. The Daily Mail reports she said: "It's not rocket science to find the specific tissues of the G-spot. Most women are aware of where the area is, I just confirm it. Once I've found it, I inject a lot of hyaluronic acid to raise the area up, so it's more easily felt."
Even among those medical professionals who say that the G-spot exists, many simply don't believe injecting a "lot of hyaluronic acid" filler can physically increase the size of the area as "G-shot" practitioners claim.
A UK plastic surgeon and consultant Paul Banwell, said: "You cannot increase the size of the spot simply by putting filler into the flesh there; It's a myth and it doesn't even make sense. We also know that when you stretch flesh or skin it normally becomes less sensitive, even numb. There are unknown dangers in injecting a synthetic material, albeit one that mimics something found in human bodies, into a very sensitive part of the female anatomy. We don't know what the long-term risks and complications may be. If there are repeated injections into one small area, the effects may include scarring, alterations in libido and less sensitivity."
He continued: "We know from injecting facial fillers that even the act of injecting an area can cause scarring under the surface, which produces lumps and bumps under the skin. I think this has the potential to be catastrophic."
The Daily Mail reports that Dr. Matlock often quotes a recent pilot study that claims that the G-shot was "successful in 87 per cent of women." However, it has been found that the study included only 20 women and that the study itself was never published. The veracity of the claims of the women have also been questioned
The Daily Mail reports that Professor Virginia Braun, a researcher in the field of genital plastic surgery, said: "The evidence around this is very sketchy. All we have is anecdotal reports."
Dr Banwell concluded: "I suspect there is a large placebo effect, where women believe it will work, so it does work, but the difference is in their minds, not their bodies."
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