Sometimes, after a major weight loss or pregnancy, the contoured results from a previous plastic surgery procedure will no longer look quite as good. Unfortunately, your body does not always ‘bounce back’ after a temporary, yet significant, fluctuation in weight and size. The benefits of a tummy tuck or breast augmentation can lose their beautifully tailored shape and volume. Knowing this, you may be wondering, what about your labiaplasty results? Will a future pregnancy reverse the benefits of a labiaplasty?
How does childbirth affect labiaplasty results?
The labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that trims excess tissue of the labia, creating an aesthetically pleasing look. Removal of this unnecessary tissue will allow the inner lips (labia minora) to sit neatly within the outer lips (labia majora), bringing symmetry and cosmetic appeal. Additionally, by eliminating the long, excessive tissue, this sensitive skin will no longer rub under clothing or pull during intercourse.
Women can exhale a sigh of relief: pregnancy and childbirth will often do no harm to the results of a labiaplasty. The labia tissue, known as the mucosa, is very forgiving, meaning the trauma of childbirth rarely alters the contoured results from a labiaplasty. For most women, this surgical procedure will not need to be redone, even after a vaginal delivery, or throughout menopause and the normal aging process.
Long-lasting surgical results are just one of the reasons women are so happy with the labiaplasty. The comfort level of proportionate, small labia means exercise, tight clothing, and sex are no longer painful. There is no longer a visible ‘labia-bulge’ when wearing stretchy yoga pants, swimsuits, and tight undies. Natural-looking results, improved aesthetic appearance, and less discomfort are all reasons that the labiaplasty is rapidly growing in popularity.
Labiaplasty Statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
- Last year, 10,787 labiaplasties were performed in the United States.
- The number of labiaplasty procedures increased by 217% between 2012 and 2017.
- In 2017, Americans spent a total of $29,337,080 on labiaplasty procedures.
- The average cost of a labiaplasty is $2,720.
- Over 2/3 of the women choosing labiaplasty have not finished having children.
Remember, everyone’s body will react differently to surgery, weight changes, and pregnancy. The best way to find out if – and when – a labiaplasty is right for you is by meeting with a plastic surgeon, board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Paul Vitenas is a Houston-area, board-certified plastic surgeon, with over 30 years of plastic surgery experience. Labiaplasty consultations at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery are confidential, so contact our office at (281) 606-0007to schedule an initial appointment.