There probably isn’t a woman alive who hasn’t checked out her own vagina and wondered how it stacks up against other women’s equipment. And even if the definition of what’s “normal” down there encompasses many different shapes and sizes, a growing number of women are seeking to change what they see—and feel—below the belt through a variety of cosmetic genital procedures.
One of these women is Vicky, a 38-year-old New Yorker who decided in December 2013 that she didn’t want to live with the discomfort of hating the look of her lady parts. Tired of her vulva holding her back, she flew out to Beverly Hills (yep, the 90201) to meet with her surgeon of choice for a consultation—and then booked her procedure for the next day for a total down-there makeover. The cost of these procedures varies from surgeon to surgeon—and Vicky opted not to disclose her final bill with us—but labia surgeries can range from $3,000 to $8,000 dollars each, and clitoral procedures average around $2,500, according to LabiaplastySurgeon.com.
Now, a year later, Vicky is the proud owner of a designer vagina—thanks to clitoropexy to reduce her clitoral hood, labia majora remodeling, and labia minora reductions—and told us all about it:
WH: When did you first start feeling insecure about your vagina?
Vicky: I’d never been happy with what I looked like. I’ve always had a lot of discomfort wearing tight jeans and swimsuits, and I never wanted anyone to look at me down there. I didn’t like the length of my [vaginal] lips; I didn’t like the way my clitoral hood looked larger than it should. I was always embarrassed by it. I didn’t think I looked normal.
How did you decide that surgery was the answer?
I was at that point in my life where I just needed something different. I’d gotten divorced. I didn’t want to be insecure anymore. I just wanted it done. I called [my surgeon’s] office, and I said, “Look, I’d like to come to Beverly Hills and have a consultation, and if I like what I hear, I want to book the procedure immediately.”
And then you did. What was procedure day like?
I showed up at the office bright and early. I wasn’t nervous at all. Their team walked me through everything that would be happening. During the procedure, obviously, I wasn’t awake and didn’t feel anything. The procedure itself was a good few hours, but when I woke up, I didn’t feel groggy at all. It was like waking up from a night of sleep. They sent a night nurse home with me to make sure I wasn’t running the risk of infection and to adjust my pillows, that kind of thing. She catered to my every need.
What was the pain like?
I know this is going to sound crazy, but I didn’t have any pain. I only had discomfort, like that tugging feeling when your hair is caught in a zipper. That night, I went back to my hotel with the night nurse and I just slept like a baby. By 10:00 the next morning, I was walking around Los Angeles, checking out the sights. The most discomfort I had was trying to figure out how to go to the bathroom.
Let’s talk results. How did you like it?
I love it. At the two-and-a-half-week mark, I said, “Oh my god, I can’t believe how amazing I look!” I didn’t realize just how amazing I looked and how wonderful I felt until I did my follow up six weeks after, though. When I saw my before pictures, I said, “Please close the book! I don’t want to look at it. I can’t.” It was already out of my head. At that point, I didn’t want to see what I used to look like. I just want to show it off. I felt like I was part of the It Crowd.
What does your partner think?
The man I’m with now calls it my flower. He says, “Your flower drives me insane. Your flower drives me crazy. I can’t stop thinking about it. I just want to eat you alive.”
Speaking of, what difference has it made for you in the bedroom?
I’ll be quite honest with you: Before, I had never, ever let a man use his mouth on me. But for the first time, I was not uncomfortable by any means. I was like, “Here it is! Enjoy!” I really enjoyed the experience, but more than that, I was so confident. I just felt amazing. I felt like a brand-new woman, and I was with a man that I really like and he loves it.
Have you felt a difference physically during sex?
The sensation has quadrupled. I’ve always been able to have clitoral orgasms, but it’s intensified the experience. You just want to scream like Tarzan. It’s just that intense. I was so worried that I’d lose sensation or that the blood vessels would be cut during surgery—but nope. It’s been great.
What would you say to people who think these procedures are vain or unnecessary?
If you can do something to change the thing you’re most insecure about, why shouldn’t you do it? As long as you’re doing it for yourself and not to please your man, you won’t regret it.
What would you say is the biggest thing you got out of getting the procedure done?
It’s such a life-changing experience, psychologically, physically. Your self-image soars. Just like when someone loses weight after feeling insecure about their body, their clothes fit better, they feel better about themselves.
I feel like a sexy woman. Sexy is a key word. It makes you feel so freaking sexy. You just want to play with yourself because you look that freaking amazing. Once you get to that point, you feel unstoppable.