Labiaplasty – Mommy Makeover
If you’ve read any parental magazines or watched TV shows about pregnancy, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the idea of “mommy makeovers.” This is a term that broadly refers to a set of cosmetic and medical procedures often sought out by women who’d like to address some of the unfortunate effects motherhood can have on the body.*
For example, it is common for women to undergo liposuction to remove excess fat from areas difficult to target with exercise, or a tummy tuck to address loose skin and muscles in the abdomen.
However, one procedure that often gets overlooked in the mommy makeover discussion is vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty. This is a procedure California Skin Institute surgeons perform quite often, and when performed properly, can address many physiological changes often brought on by pregnancy.
How the Vagina is Affected by Pregnancy
Pregnancy and childbirth can have many effects on the vagina, including changes in muscle integrity, skin pigmentation changes, and development of excess skin in the inner labia. For example, California Skin Institute patients who are candidates for labiaplasty or vaginoplasty often complain about the loosening of the vaginal muscles after childbirth. They describe the sensation of being unable to tighten the muscles as strongly as before, and often describe the sensation as feeling “like things are just going to fall out.”
This change in muscle laxity is actually a very common occurrence after pregnancy, can become exacerbated with time, and is especially problematic for women who have had multiple pregnancies. In addition to the physical discomfort, this change in vaginal muscles often leads to inhibited sensation and decreased enjoyment of intercourse.
Another change that can occur with pregnancy, and may require a labiaplasty to correct, is the enlargement of the inner labia. The enlargement of the inner labia doesn’t just cause a change in aesthetic appearance, but can cause significant discomfort when wearing undergarments. Further, some California Skin Institute patients seeking a labiaplasty have reported an increase in urinary tract infections due to the hygienic difficulties caused by the excess skin.
In addition, changes in the size of the inner labia can lead to the development of excess skin around the clitoris, which affects a woman’s sensitivity and enjoyment during intercourse, which can have negative ramifications on intimacy in a relationship.
How a Labiaplasty is Performed
At California Skin Institute we commonly perform the labiaplasty procedure under local anesthetic which is sometimes combined with mild sedation.*
Firstly, if the patient has complaints about the laxity of vaginal muscles, our surgeons perform a tightening procedure to tighten the muscles, which can also increase sensitivity in the long run.* Thereafter, the labiaplasty can be performed to reduce the size of the inner labia, address pigmentation issues, and improve overall aesthetic appearance.*
The skill of the surgeon during the reduction of the labia minora is vital, because it’s important not to just reduce the size of the labia but to achieve proportion between the right and the left sides.* This means that the labiaplasty surgeon may need to remove more skin from one side, in order to achieve aesthetic balance.*
Further, California Skin Institute surgeons pay special attention to the clitoral hood, as pregnancies can cause development of excess skin over the clitoris.* Many patients ask that this excess be removed during the labiaplasty, a step that can increase the sensitivity of the clitoris after recovery and increase pleasure during intercourse.*
The recovery time after a labiaplasty procedure will depend on the extent of the surgical intervention.*
If you’re considering labiaplasty surgery as part of a mommy makeover and have any questions, please give us a call or click on the scheduling link below to set up your consultation!
*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.