Nips & Tucks
Designer vaginas and perfect penises are just a few
cuts away and a couple thousand dollars away
by Philippe Devos
Antiques and art. Designer fashions and French food. Hip hair
salons and expensive automobile dealers. Yorkville, Toronto's
upscale shopping neighbourhood, is a smorgasbord of luxury, luring
money from wallets with enticing window displays. But there's
no chic window displays bringing clients to the busy second-floor
office of Dr. Robert Stubbs. His clients aren't looking
for expensive furs or bespoke suits. They want designer vaginas
and perfect penises.
Dr. Stubbs, a plastic surgeon, is one of Canada's
only doctors offering genital cosmetic surgery. He can make men
longer and thicker and women smaller and tighter. Take the stairs
to his office in the morning and, for a price, you can leave
in the afternoon through the private elevator to the underground
garage with a new penis or vagina.
Men: All men have done it. It may have
been years ago when their age and shoe size were not far apart
or it may have been last week but in every man's life there comes
a time when he takes a ruler and measures his penis. Some don't
feel they measure up Dr. Stubbs has treated accountants, lawyers,
professors, doctors, at least one professional baseball player
and an Asian gang member who didn't like what the ruler was telling
them. Four thousand men have come to Dr. Stubbs to have their
penises enlarged. Out of those he's only chosen about 450 men
to operate on. To the one man who came to have his penis reduced
Dr. Stubbs said, "You need to see a psychiatrist."
Women: Gravity, childbirth, hormones, and
popular perception all conspire to make women feel less comfortable
with the shape and size of their bodies; vagina's included. Dr.
Stubbs has helped several women take revenge on the forces of
nature and society by giving them the vaginas they once had or
Penis Lengthening/Phalloplasty (about $4,500):
How much bigger can he make a man? Out of three hundred patients
Dr. Stubbs documented in a study, he was able to make men's penises
longer by between 0.5 cm and 6 cm with most men experiencing
about 3.2 cm increase in length. Luckily, the smaller the penis
the greater the potential increase but the success rate varies.
One poor fellow actually lost a centimetre in the procedure.
The surgery is relatively simple procedure performed in Dr.
Stubbs clinic. Under local freezing and a mild sedative, Dr.
Stubbs makes a cut where the penis connects to the pubic area
to release it from its moorings. No, the penis won't fall off.
It just comes out a bit further, like a turtle sticking its head
out of its shell. He uses extra skin from the penis and pubic
area to close up the gap.
Voila,the surgery is now done and it's time to go
home. For the best results Dr. Stubbs attaches lead weights to
the newly lengthened penis to make keep it from retracting while
it heals. It'll take a few weeks before patients can impress
people with their new size. The penis and scrotum are usually
swollen and bruised for two to three weeks and it is recommended
the patient refrain from sexual activity for at least three or
four weeks. While impotence following the procedure is rare,
most men don't cut quite the same angle after the procedure;
the erection lowers by a few degrees. Other possible risks, as
listed in the consent form all patients must sign, include reduction
or loss of sensation, scarring, and death (although no one's
died on Dr. Stubb's table).
Penis Thickening (about $3,600): Women will
confide, if you ask them frankly, that it's not the length that
matters but the width. Men who understand this and feel they
don't quite measure up can get a greater girth from Dr. Stubbs.
He says he can widen men by up to 60 percent.
Two techniques are available: fat injection and fat grafting.
The first is simpler but less reliable, the second is more complicated
but usually has better results.
Fat injection is reverse liposuction. Following local freezing,
fat is taken from one area of the body and injected into the
penis to thicken it. The technique works best if done in stages
so at least two treatments are recommended. Patients can return
to light work the next day but must wait three to four weeks
before resuming sexual activity.
Fat grafting is more serious surgery. Slabs of fat and skin
are taken from one area and used to thicken the penis. The procedure
is done in Dr. Stubbs' clinic and patients can return home the
same day but must stay home from work for seven to 10 days and
refrain from sex for about six weeks. Lead weights attached to
the healing penis help the grafts take root.
Both procedures, like all surgery, carry risks. Loss of sensation
and penis function are possibilities but rarely occur.
Labia Trim/Labiaplasty ($1,500 to $2,500): For
some woman they pinch, for others they show through clothing.
Some woman can't enjoy sex because their oversized labia minora--the
flaps of skin that surround the clitoris and vaginal opening
to form the lips of a woman's genitalia- get in the way or block
contact with the clitoris. Others just don't like how they look
Some women were born with large lips, others develop them
after child birth or after years of sexual activity. Dr. Stubbs
suspects accommodating gynecologists have been trimming women's
lips for years but he's the only person advertising the procedure
in Canada and women come from all over the world for what has
become known as the "Toronto Trim." Dr. Stubbs says
he's only performed 30 or so labiaplasties but business is increasing.
It's a simple operation performed in Dr. Stubbs office. After
local freezing and a sedative, the doctor simply trims the extra
tissue. Patients can go home after three hours in the recovery
room but must wait about six weeks before puckering their new
lips. As with any surgery, there can be complications. There
can be a loss of feeling and scarring but problems are rare.
Vaginal Tightening (about $2,500): When Dr.
Stubbs was a young internist training under a gynecologist in
the early '70s, he was taught to add an extra stitch "for
the husband" when closing up episiotomies after childbirth.
He uses that same technique to make a women's vaginal opening
smaller for cosmetic purposes. While the technique doesn't really
improve sex for the woman, it can improve a man's sensation and
a woman's satisfaction with her appearance, he says.
The operation takes place in Dr. Stubbs office under local
freezing and a sedative. He works on the lower vagina, well away
from the clitoris, cutting as with an episiotomy and then sewing
up with the "extra stitch." Patients can go home a
few hours after the surgery and recovery time is about six weeks,
during which patients must refrain from sex. As with all surgery,
there are risks of a loss of sensitivity and scarring but problems