In today’s you’re doing what to where? to wear what? news. Women are getting their lady parts physically altered to look better in yoga pants. There, we said it.
Technically called labiaplasty, the operation is the equivalent of a facelift except for the lips of your vagina. While some of these procedures are done for reasons non-cosmetic, there seems to be a growing trend of aesthetically motivated labia-lifts so yoga pants don’t do the crevasse creep.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Surgery (ASAPS) there’s been a 49 percent increase in the surgery, from 5,070 in 2013 to 7,535 in 2014.
“More women are pursuing labiaplasty to correct labia-related issues that are interfering with their ability to perform sexually, to perform daily tasks such as exercise, or are merely causing discomfort,” says Dr. Michael Edwards of ASAPS told the NY Post.
But women are also getting labiaplasty to have a smoother yoga pants look, says NY plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Swift.
On New York’s Upper East Side, Swift reports that a large number of his clients are motivated by wanting to look sleeker in so-called “athleisure wear,” made from Lycra-like fabrics which often compress the area.
They are keen to avoid so-called “camel toe” or internal “twisting” when they’re working out at top exercise venues such as SoulCycle, Barry’s Bootcamp and the Fhitting Room.
“The ubiquitous yoga pants that everyone is wearing are playing a big part in this trend,” says Swift, who performs between three and five labiaplasties per week at the cost of between $5,500 to $7,500 each.
“For those whose labia are enlarged, they can make them feel uncomfortable and exposed,” adds Swift. “One of my patients was particularly self-conscious doing Pilates in a leotard — so much so that she was afraid to do certain moves.”
Camel toe! ::shaking fists::
It’s true, certain yoga poses are especially crotch-obvious, too, which can make people self-conscious. Some yoga pants promise to hide any labia-creasing – which in our opinion is hardly a big deal (it’s just the shape of your body!) but for some women can also be super uncomfortable. These operations are helpful for those living with discomfort, and no one should be shamed for that, but in a yoga pants-filled world, it’s really a shame we’re made to feel ashamed of our lady shapes at all.
Plus, let’s just acknowledge that’s a lot of money! But maybe not if you’re already paying upwards of $500 for your yoga pants.
If you’re feeling extra self-conscious about your lady bits, try a brand that has extra coverage and lining, like Dear Kate’s or some Athleta styles, or undies like Camel No.
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