Posted May 31, 2023 in Mommy Makeover
4 Min Read: Mommy Makeovers generally include cosmetic breast surgery and body sculpting procedures like abdominoplasty, liposuction, and breast enhancement. However, childbirth also impacts the appearance and shape of the labia.
Fortunately, the Mommy Makeover is a customizable procedure that gets tailored to the needs of each patient. A Mommy Makeover consists of two or more procedures intended to return the body closer to its pre-pregnancy state.
Why You May Be Considering Labiaplasty
Even though it is becoming more commonplace, labiaplasty can still be a sensitive subject. Yet it’s a simple fact: the labia minora — the inner lips of the vagina — can change over time.
Factors that may change the appearance of your labia include:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Your genetics
Your labia may look uneven or, more typically, stretched and enlarged. When this occurs, labiaplasty is your best option.
What Is Labiaplasty?
Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery technique that trims and reshapes the labia minora to make them smaller and more symmetrical.
Why Is Labiaplasty Ideal for a Mommy Makeover?
Labiaplasty is a great way to add confidence to how you look during both intimate and social settings, such as at the beach in your favorite bikini.
Since this area is commonly altered during childbirth, labiaplasty is a logical procedure to include in your Mommy Makeover.
How Is Labiaplasty Performed?
There are three highly successful methods for improving the look of your labia:
- Trim method: Excess tissue is trimmed away along each labium’s edge.
- Wedge method: Only a V-shaped wedge of tissue is removed from each labial fold.
- Liposuction: This is performed on the outer labia (labia majora) rather than the inner labia (labia minora). Excess fatty tissue is suctioned using a tool called a cannula.
Following this procedure, you can expect more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing labia.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Labiaplasty?
You are a good candidate for this procedure if:
- You are dissatisfied with the look and/or the feel of your labia.
- You are in generally good health.
- You do not smoke.
- Your expectations are realistic. (Discuss what you can expect from your labiaplasty with your board-certified plastic surgeon.)
Will My Mommy Makeover Take Longer to Heal if I Have Labiaplasty?
You should not take longer to heal if you add labiaplasty to your Mommy Makeover. In fact, because you are having several procedures at once, you should experience just one recovery period.
Besides Labiaplasty, What Can My Mommy Makeover Include?
Your Mommy Makeover is customized to you. You will discuss your goals and what is bothering you about your body during your consultation.
A Mommy Makeover commonly includes any of the following:
This is the most common procedure in a Mommy Makeover. Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. In situations where the abdominal muscles have separated (diastasis recti), this plastic surgery option tightens and sutures the two halves of the abdominal muscles like an internal corset.
This procedure is commonly associated with Mommy Makeover surgery since the breasts tend to sag after pregnancy and breastfeeding. A breast lift does not add volume to the breasts. Instead, excess skin is removed, internal tissues are lifted and tightened, and the nipple-areola complex (NAC) is repositioned to higher and more central parts of the breasts.
Breast augmentation uses implants to increase the volume and enhance the shape of the breasts. Saline or silicone implants are used and are available in a variety of sizes and shapes.
Liposuction offers advanced body contouring by strategically removing stubborn fat deposits. This minimally invasive procedure involves a small incision and a tool called a cannula. The cannula is inserted beneath the skin through the incision, and the plastic surgeon uses a back-and-forth motion and suction to loosen and remove fat from the body.
How to Talk to Your Doctor About Adding Labiaplasty to Your Mommy Makeover
Dr. Messa and our staff at Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center are experienced in performing labiaplasty. Call our office today if you’re considering adding labiaplasty to your Mommy Makeover. We can help you decide on the right course of action so you can start looking and feeling better as soon as possible.