CosmeticSurgery.com Staff Report
Consumer brief: The G-shot, one of the newest procedures in cosmetic plastic surgery requires the help of the patient before the surgeon can really do his or her work. Women say the procedure makes sex more enjoyable.
In the 1950s, a German gynecologist, Ernst Graefenberg, M.D. identified a small spot on the inside of the vagina nearest the stomach that appeared to be extremely erogenous. Accordingly, the area was later named the G-spot. And while some in the scientific world still dispute the G-spot's existence, many women claim to have found it and say it leads to heightened sexual arousal and more powerful orgasms.
The dispute continued when a California cosmetic gynecologist, David Matlock, M.D., developed a method to make the G-spot more prominent, easier to find and even more sensitive. The technique is known as the G-Shot -- short for G-Spot Amplification -- because the physician injects human engineered collagen or the injectable filler Restylane into the G-spot to make it larger. The procedure is intended for sexually active women with normal sexual functioning.
A pilot study found 87 percent of women reported enhanced sexual arousal and gratification after receiving a G-shot.
The shots are given in what physicians know as an off label use. That is, the procedure is not specifically approved by the FDA but doctors are allowed to use their best judgment about what treatment works when prescribing any drug or procedure. G-shots appears to be safe enough; collagen injections have been used for many years by gynecologists to treat two unrelated conditions. Additionally, a very complete medical history is required because there are about 25 other medical conditions, including allergies, that are not compatible with collagen injections.
How to Find the G-spot
While late night comedians often make light of any man's ability to find his partner's G-spot, nobody ever mentions that plastic surgeons are often in the same position.
A woman's first visit to a surgeon or gynecologist for a G-shot involves learning about her anatomy and finding the G-spot on her own. Once she does that, and can point it out, office staff then precisely mark its location on special surgical tools.
After that, the actual injection takes only a matter of seconds. The G-spot is then enlarged from the size of a pea to about the size of a quarter and is built up to a height of about one quarter inch. The patient is positioned on the exam table as if she were getting a Pap smear and given some local anesthesia. Then, a specially designed speculum is used to deliver the collagen into the G-spot. Afterwards, a tampon is placed for about four hours to take care of a small amount of bleeding from the injection site.
The typical office visit for a G-shot is usually only about a half an hour with no recovery period required. Patients can count on the injections usually lasting anywhere from four to nine months; intimate relations can resume within four hours. Surgeons are also quick to say that results do vary and that some patients may notice nothing at all.
"The best scenario is when the woman does the G-spot location step at home before coming into the office," says Chicago board certified plastic surgeon Otto Placik, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Since G-spot amplification began in 2004, about 26 surgeons in 15 U.S. states and one Canadian province offer the G-shot. French physicians offer a slightly different injection procedure to augment the spot.
Dr. Placik's patients travel to Chicago from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and other Midwest states.
But once a woman has an enlarged G-spot, there is still more work to do for the patient and her partner.
"It requires two people who are open, willing to talk frankly and will work at sex, rather than just let it happen," Dr. Placik says. "The G-spot is not normally best stimulated when the couple is using the missionary position. Rather, it seems to work best for my patients when the womans' knees are up near their chests to rotate their pelves forward."
The key for Dr. Placik's G-shot patients is allowing the penis to strike the front wall of the vagina, rather than the back wall.
Other comments from pleased patients include:
- I've also had my first ever multiple orgasms and it was great.
- My man is so excited about my G-Shot; he can't wait until I get home from work.
- After the G-Shot, it is simple to direct your partner to your amplified pleasure center.
- My G-spot is always present and ready for action at a moment's notice.
Adds Dr. Placik: "Some women who are more in tune with their bodies are keen on finding their G-spots. Some become hypersensitive and say they even become eroticized while driving a car on a bumpy road."
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