Monthly Archives: January 2016

Women Are Getting Surgery Down There to Look Better in Yoga Pants

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According to reports, some women are getting their labias tightened for a better look in their yoga pants. Ouch! (Getty Images)

Activewear isn’t what it used to be. No longer just for the gym, workout clothes have become a trendy fashion statement for people on the go – especially for women. Maybe you’ve read about the“athleisure” trend?According to a recent article in the New York Post, women are willing to go the extra mile to look hot in their yoga pants…by electing to undergo surgery on their va-jay-jay to permanently remove the dreaded “camel toe.” 

The latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) state that below-the-belt procedures have been on the rise. Labiaplasty—a surgery that involves reshaping and trimming the excess labia minora—increased by 44 percent and the number of surgeons who are performing labiaplasties increased by 8 percent (from 21 percent to 29 percent) in 2013. 

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“The reality is that women have been grooming themselves differently for about the past ten years, with many eliminating pubic hair altogether, and consequently, they are noticing what things look like in that region as a result,” said Christine Hamori, MD, an ASAPS member specializing in labiaplasty, in a formal press release. “Many of my patients want to achieve a clean, smooth look as they would with their face and underarms.” 

“Yes, our office has heard of the ‘Yoga Pants trend’ being one cause of the problem,” James C. Grotting, MD, FACS, President of The American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and a board-certified plastic surgeon at Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery in Alabama, tells Yahoo Health. 

But doctors are also seeing an increase in newly divorced female patients who are looking to nip and tuck their nether regions. “They have usually had their children, and the changes that occur in the labia become a source of embarrassment,” he explains. “When the labia minora are contoured back inside through the surgery, they feel better about getting out there and dating again.” 

Related: 5 Things You Definitely Should Not Be Doing To Your Vagina

Aside from feeling self-conscious, Dr. Grotting says the more common reasons for undergoing labiaplasty stem from pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), chaffing in the area or the presence of clitoral hooding “which can cause a woman to lack the ability to reach orgasm during sex.” 

The surgery, which can be done under local anesthesia, IV sedation or “twilight” anesthesia or general anesthesia, has about a seven- to 10-day recovery period, where typical side effects include tenderness in the area. Sexual activity can usually resume approximately six to eight weeks later. And getting this look doesn’t come cheap. Since labiaplasty isn’t usually covered by insurance (imagine that!), Dr. Grotting says it can cost between $6,000 and $9,000. 

So would a plastic surgeon ever discourage a woman from having this procedure? “One reason would be if the request is coming from someone other than the patient, i.e. a spouse or sexual partner,” says Dr. Grotting. “It is a personal decision which carries some risk (possible infection, bleeding, or prolonged pain—all of which are unusual) and should only be done if the woman herself desires it.” 

Related: 10 Things You Never Knew About Your Vagina

The second reason would be is she was suffering from any medical problems that could interfere with the healing process. “Also, if a patient has other symptoms, such as urinary incontinence, an evaluation by a gynecologist or urologist prior to proceeding is advisable.”

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SCULP SURE – NEW NON-INVASIVE FAT REMOVAL

There will soon be a new “non-invasive” way to remove fat from your body non-surgically.  When it rolls out is unknown but the $64,000 question is how effective will it be.  Some early reports are that it is more effective than it’s sister, Cool Sculpt.  The procedure takes about 25 minutes and “heats” up the fat to destroy it.  The treated area loses 24% of its fat cells.

The number of sessions depends on a patients desires and how well they respond the  first session.  The results may not be seen for several weeks following the session.  The fat cells are permanently destroyed but rest assured many remain behind that can cause you to gain weight.  One can have “multiple” areas treated at the same time.  Like many “non-invasive” procedures I think it is important to have realistic expectations and not let our imagination get the better of us.

NEW TREND IN BREAST IMPLANTS

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Reading the above title one probably expects to read that once again breast augmentation is on the rise.  However from 2010-2014 the number of breast augs has actually declined about 3% while implant REMOVAL actually rose 10%.  In 2014 just under 24,000 women had their implants removed.

One reason may be due to the fact we put an increased emphases on fitness and frankly big “boobs” get in the way.  Also large implants can cause neck, back and shoulder pain just like naturally large breasts.  As implants age they can break down and many women do not want to spend thousands of dollars to have them replaced.