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FEATURE
A Different Kind of Flower Arrangement

By Tina Arceo-Dumlao
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:21:00 09/19/2009

Filed Under: Women, Health

THIS ?flower? wilts, too.

Advancing years, childbirth and natural wear and tear are just some of the factors behind the loosening of the muscles of the vagina, causing many women of a certain age to lose some control over their urinary functions.

Fortunately for these concerned women, there are now ways to reverse some of the ravages of time. One of these is Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation, an outpatient surgery procedure designed to treat vaginal relaxation with the use of a laser.

With LVR, the internal and external diameters of the vagina are reduced or trimmed to erase years off this special organ. Think facelift, but for that most intimate part of the female anatomy.

Having a ?relaxed? vagina is a cause for concern even among those who consider vanity the least of their problems, as it can lead to some embarrassing situations.

One of these is involuntary urination following a sudden burst of laughter, sneezing or coughing, owing to poor vaginal tone, strength and control.

LVR can remedy this situation, says Dr. Annebelle D. Aherrera, a consultant at the Makati Medical Center Aesthetic Center. And many women, especially those aged 30 to 60, are opting to have the bloodless, outpatient surgery procedure.

?More people have been seeking the treatment because, first of all, women have become aware of this anatomical change, and they want to do something about it. It?s not just about physical changes, but also psychological change for those in midlife,? explains this acknowledged expert in ?aesthetic gynecology.?

?Many women just want to feel better about themselves. They want to feel beautiful and young again. They know they can?t bring back youth, but when they know that there?s a chance to be an inch or two closer to where they were when they were younger, they will grab it,? says Aherrera, who studied LVR and other laser procedures in the United States.

Aherrera says most of the women who have come to her for the treatment are between 45 and 55 years old, have reached the peak of their career and feel that LVR is something they have to do for themselves to feel sexy again.

?People now are looking at ways to be healthy, not just physically, but sexually as well. There is really a demand out there for alternative ways to look good and feel good,? she says.

According to Aherrera, the operation takes from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on what needs to be done. Basically, a laser is used to ?cut? and ?dissect? the vagina into shape before it is sutured. The patient would be able to walk as early as 24 hours later, but it will be at least six weeks before sex can resume.

?No contact, gym, or thong underwear for six to eight weeks,? says Dr. Aherrera who, however declines to specify how much the surgery costs, except to say that it is ?affordable? since the patient need not go abroad for the operation. (Online cost: From $4,900 to $9,000.?Ed.) Not to mention that there?s no maintenance surgery to worry about. Once done, the vagina will look good as new, she adds.

While it is true that not too many will get to actually see the results of the LVR, Aherrera says that it is the feeling of being young again that makes going through the outpatient surgical procedure worthwhile.

?It is not really done to please somebody else. It is all about the woman. It is a matter of self-esteem, a boost to their feeling of confidence,? she says.

Knowing that women come out of the surgery feeling much better about themselves provides Aherrera with a similar sense of fulfillment akin to the joy of delivering happy and healthy babies into the world.

?My mission is to empower women in the Philippines with life-altering choices that exceed expectations, strengthen the bonds of partnership and provide a golden opportunity for the excitement and enjoyment of life,? says this doctor.

And it all starts when they feel good down there, Aherrera adds. ?



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