St. Valentine's Day Wishes: Perfume? Jewelry? Labiaplasty?

Thursday, February 14, 2008 General News
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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Feb. 14 St. Valentines Day has alwaysconjured up images of eager boyfriends and husbands rushing to buy thatperfect gift that says, "I Love You." Over the decades, women have becomebetter able to communicate more specific wish lists to their significantothers rather than simply accepting generic and, sometimes, short lived giftssuch as flowers.

Such was the case for Carl and Kristina of suburban Chicago. After twelveyears of marriage and five very large children, sex for Kristina had become,physically and emotionally, a mind numbing experience. Her anatomy had changedand sensation had disappeared during sexual relations. The vulvar appearanceno longer looked "trim and youthful," said Kristina. "I was so embarrassed; Ino longer wanted him near me without the lights off." That's when the Chicagocouple began their internet research. Kristina was going to get the ultimategynecologic cosmetic makeover for St. Valentine's Day.

The couple discovered the website for the Laser Vaginal RejuvenationInstitute of Michigan and phone consulted with the director, board certifiedgynecologic surgeon Dr. Joseph Berenholz. When queried whether she had spokenwith her gynecologist, Kristina explained that, "She said it was all a normalconsequence of childbirth, not to worry and just keep doing my kegelexercises. I was so disappointed. I had been doing kegels for two years withno results!" The couple booked their flight for Michigan and arranged a datefor surgery.

The consultation took place at the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute ofMichigan. During the exam, Dr. Berenholz realized that Kristina was alsosuffering from stress incontinence, a condition where women lose urine whenthey laugh, sneeze, cough, jump or run. The surgery was scheduled for thefollowing day. Kristina had a Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation to tighten hervagina. She also had a Laser Labiaplasty and a sling procedure to cure herincontinence. The procedure took two hours. The couple spent the night at alocal hotel and then saw Dr. Berenholz in the morning. After being given finalmedical approval, the couple returned to Chicago happy and hopeful.

"I took a mirror and looked down below," said Kristina. "I was sosurprised how wonderfully normal I looked. It was as though I had gone back intime prior to having my children!" Tears welled up in her eyes. "I was soashamed to discuss my problem with nearly anyone. Dr. Berenholz just made itall so comfortable." Carl just smiled, happy to see the joy in Kristina'sface.

Dr. Berenholz was the first Gynecologic surgeon in the Midwest to offerLaser Vaginal Rejuvenation. He trained in Beverly Hills with Dr. DavidMatlock, the originator of the technique and a regular appearing physician on"Dr. 90210." Asked why he thought patients come to him from the entire Midwestincluding Michigan, Dr. Berenholz simply replied, "People want experience.This is the most delicate part of the female anatomy and is tied in veryclosely to the female psyche." Dr. Berenholz is still amazed at how womentell him of the dismissive attitude of their Gynecologists. When asked if hefound it humorous that a woman would ask for this type of surgery for St.Valentine's Day, Dr. Berenholz laughed and said, "It beats getting a box ofchocolate."Contact: Dr. Joseph Berenholz +1-248-593-8780, +1-888-593-8780

SOURCE Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of Michigan

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