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  Vaginal Rejuvenation The Cosmetic Headline Published by MFY Inc. All rights reserved | Vol. 1 Number 1 June 2006
 
:: VAGINAL REJUVENATION
Meet Dr. Stern

Cindy Karp of the New York Times

An Interview with Bernard H. Stern M.D. of Cosmetic Surgery, PA in South Florida.

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:: Interview

CH – Dr. Stern, this is an update of your activities during the past half-year. But tell us about your particular niche?
Dr. Stern – This industry is still really quite young. It began in late 2000 & early 2001 and I was one of the pioneers performing Vaginal (genital) Cosmetic Surgery in 2001. I had 23 years of board certified OBGYN experience and a professor at four major universities. I retired from all that in 1997.
CH – Lets pick-it up from 1997. What were you doing at the time?

Dr. Stern – Between 1997 and 2001, I spent a lot of time with plastic and reconstructive surgeons. Very early on, I saw a place where their skills & techniques if applied to my extensive medical knowledge and surgical experience in female pelvic anatomy – that there could be a place for vaginal (or genital) cosmetic surgery. I did a lot of research in Latin and South America, and found this already existed there and had not been explored here.
CH – Did you feel you were on the forefront of something women might really want in the States?
Dr. Stern – Absolutely! There was no specialty anything like this here.
CH – What makes you stand out among these other so-called specialists?
Dr. Stern –My results! Look at the before and afters on the website: http://www.cosmeticsurgery2.com/ , and you’ll understand why 4 – 5 women a day fly to Ft. Lauderdale from all over the world for me to operate on them. Look at my credentials; my facility; my lack of complications & my outcomes, the very same things that applied to my earlier gynecological surgical years. No deaths, no major problems whatsoever in the five years I’ve been doing this specialty.
CH – What about your immediate influence?
Dr. Stern – Based on those very before and after pictures on http://www.cosmeticsurgery2.com/, I’ve been asked to teach, train and lecture Professors, Gynecologists, Urologists, Gynecologic Oncologists, General Surgeons and other Cosmetic Surgeons– all over the world.
CH – You mean, all of this is based on your website’s before and after pictures?

Dr. Stern – That and comments and recommendations on blogs and chat rooms all over the world. Let me add – after 1,000 + procedures and 5,000 digital photos, you’ll see this on six other websites that I know of and in some directories – they’re using my photos. I’m getting nearly 100 emails a night, 15 to 20 phone calls a day, generating 4,5 to 6 patients a day coming to Ft. Lauderdale, from all over the world for me to operate on them.
CH – And these patients are flying into Ft Lauderdale?
Dr. Stern – Yes.
CH – So, what’s been happening over the past six months?
Dr. Stern – It is busier than ever! I am spending 3 plus hours a night answering emails, generating digital and computer generated before, proposed, and after photos. I can’t keep track of the time operating on sometimes 6 patients a day. This specialty started slowly back in 2001. After doubling in 2002, and again in 2003, and in 2004, it began getting media attention and I can say –, it quadrupled in 2004, and continues to double/triple every year now to 4,5, and 6 surgeries a day.
CH – If you were to describe your most popular procedure, how would you describe it?
Dr Stern – Labiaplasty labia reduction and beautification and its variation – Labiaplasty Plus. These were the top procedures up until this year. The reason it has been surpassed is that it is still strictly a cosmetic procedure, even though I’m telling you it isn’t. There are some women that have labia that’s a half-inch thick and 3-4 inches wide that completely make it impossible to compete in sports, to wear feminine clothes, to do just about anything aside from the fact that what it does emotionally to their self-esteem and for sexual relations. Although no body sees “it”, they wear it right on their face. I know this for a fact, because of how “everything” changes after surgery. They walk down the street with a smile on their face; their self-esteem has changed, and self confidence.
CH – Interesting! This surgery addresses both physical and emotional issues.
Dr. Stern. That’s right. Vaginoplasty or vaginal rejuvenation or vaginal reconstruction – has gotten enormous media coverage lately, because it does not carry the stigma of a strictly cosmetic procedure and is acceptable. A woman who has had even one large or difficult childbirth, but especially after 3,4, 5 kids wants to rekindle her love life and to be able to recapture the feelings she felt pre-childbirth. Vaginoplasty is now surpassing labiaplasty in numbers.
CH – The average age of your patients?
Dr. Stern – For labiaplasty – 25-30 years of age (range: 14-82). For vaginoplasty – about 5 years older (range: 21-82). An 18-year-old who just had a 10-lb child vaginally can be stretched and torn as badly as a 40-year-old with 3-4 kids.
CH – How long does the average procedure take?
Dr. Stern – Procedures take an hour to an hour and a half. 20 – 30 % of my patients desire combination Labiaplasty/Vaginoplasty. This can take up to 2 hours
CH – Dr. Stern. How does the average patient find you?
Dr. Stern – I do no covert or overt marketing. You don’t see me on midnight TV infomercials, or my name on billboards. Women who are perfectly happy with how they look and feel have no ideal I exist. Only when a woman is physically or emotionally bothered with how she looks and/or feels, does she find me. In other words, I don’t go out looking for business or to change the world. I’m only here to help those women who really desire or feel they need my services. Women surf the web searching various keywords such as labiaplasty, labia surgery, labia reduction, vaginoplasty, vaginal surgery, vaginal rejuvenation. Because of this 95 % of my patients are internet driven, 90% of my patients are out of state or out of the country. When someone is interested, they email me, call me, or call the office and everything gets taken care of – including travel. The average out-of-town patient will stay two nights – a night before and a night after.
CH – What about recovery time?
Dr. Stern – To get back to normal activities is 3-4 days. If a woman is a dancer or sports professional or otherwise, then its around 23 days before full activities can be returned to. 6 weeks before sexual relations can be resumed, and as with all surgeries, 13 weeks for total healing.
CH – Dr. Stern, this has been fascinating. Looking forward to your next update before the end of the year.

In this edition of Cosmetic Headline, we were fortunate enough to interview two of Dr. Stern patients who speak candidly about their experience. Our first patient is Kelly who comes from the middle of Florida.

CH – Kelly, how did you find out about the procedure you had done?
Kelly – It was something on cable – Discovery channel or something like that. Well, that got me thinking and I did a Google search and found Dr. Stern.
CH – What was your thinking then?
Kelly – Well, I got kind of obsessed to know there was a solution to something I had been thinking about.
CH – In a nutshell, what did you need to have done?
Kelly – A smaller inner-labia.
CH – After your due diligence – how long did you wait?
Kelly – Probably six months. I got tired of thinking about it and knew the only way out was to finally do something.
CH – Now, six months had passed. Did you have to go back to the Internet?
Kelly – Yes, and remembered Dr. Stern. I sent an e-mail then talked to one of his nurses. Then, I set-up the appointment.
CH – Kelly, you live in Orlando – so you made the trip and did it all at once – correct?
Kelly – Yes and I brought my husband. We went down the day before my scheduled surgery. Met with Dr. Stern and he did some lab work – preliminaries and such. Went back to the hotel, got up the next day, went to the beach, then went to get the procedure done!
CH – What time of day?
Kelly – One in the afternoon and was back in the hotel around 3:30pm. We stayed overnight and then my husband and I drove back to Orlando. I loved that during things, I wasn’t totally knocked out and could see things. I was completely aware of what the doctor was doing.
CH – How long did your procedure take?
Kelly – Around 45 minutes. I must tell you, my life was pretty much back to normal. I did the procedure six weeks ago. I just had to watch my exercise. Nothing strenuous.
CH – Kelly, what’s the new you? How would you describe you now?
Kelly – 100% less self conscious, even though I’ve been married for 12 years, this is something that always bothered me.
CH – What about your husband?
Kelly – Never to the extent it bothered me. I had two kids and was, well, a little stretched. My advice to anybody – once you know you can have this done, don’t wait six months like I did.
CH – Kelly, thanks for your time!

More of a good thing as patient Kim shares her experience

CH – Kim, for the sake of our readers and specifically, anyone wanting to have vaginal cosmetic work done – what was your experience like? How did it all begin?
Kim – As far as Dr. Stern – I actually went there for other reasons – to see the other on-premises doctor. I was introduced to Dr. Stern and began reading some information on the counter about what he does. Being curious, I asked him and he told me what he could do. He said something about tightening vaginal muscles; bring back some of my youth so-to-speak.
CH – Then what?
Kim – I had an examination. Let me emphasize, I decided to this not because I thought I had a problem. Dr. Stern explained to me that this is more for the woman then for a man. My good sense says that a man will surely benefit. And, this is not something visual that you can see.
CH – So, did you come back to have the procedure done?
Kim – Actually, I was so impressed with what the doctor had to say, I booked the procedure that same day. I came back for an outpatient procedure.
CH – How long?
Kim – Not long. It seemed to go pretty quickly, but I wasn’t looking at the clock. Probably around an hour or so.
CH – Tell us about recovery?
Kim – In my case, I couldn’t have intercourse or nothing inside there. Actually, my (current) boyfriend – the boyfriend I have now, has no idea I ever had anything done. But to answer your question, it was about six weeks.
CH – You have a terrific sense of humor! So exactly, you had a tightening of the vaginal muscle?
Kim – Yes
CH – Now it’s been a little while since you had the procedure. How are things?
Kim – I’ve had absolutely no problems.
CH – Interested to know, did you share your “secret” with others?
Kim – I had no problem sharing my experience with close friends, sister and such. If it’s going to make me feel better, I’m going to do it. If I heard somebody saying their not getting what they use to get out of love-making, I would recommend this, tell them it’s available.
CH – Kim, it’s been great and thanks for sharing things with us!


See Dr. Stern’s work on our website: Cosmetic Surgery

Please call our office 954.981.3223 to schedule your free consultation.

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