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Labiaplasty and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Loeb Staff | August 18, 2021 | Posted in Labiaplasty Surgery

A labiaplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery performed on women with large or irregularly shaped labia. The size of the labia—the inner lips of the vagina—typically ranges between 0.7 and five centimeters. Some women have larger labia than usual which can prove problematic and embarrassing. During a labiaplasty, a plastic surgeon will remove the excess tissue to trim the labia. If you’re thinking of having this procedure, one question the plastic surgeon will ask you is whether you’re planning on getting pregnant.

Why most women have a labiaplasty after pregnancy

As noted, some women are born with atypically large labia, but others develop this condition after pregnancy and childbirth. During childbirth, the labia can stretch or tear. This usually heals and self-corrects over time, but not in every case. Because of the potential for the labia to stretch with each birth, most women wait until they are done growing their family to have this procedure. Otherwise, giving birth again may reverse the effects.

Note that having this procedure will not affect your ability to conceive or carry a child to term. However, it’s not advisable to become pregnant soon after having a labiaplasty.

Can labiaplasty affect pregnancy?

If you get pregnant after a labiaplasty, there will be no problems with the pregnancy. It doesn’t affect your ability to conceive or carry a child. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that pregnancy might change how your labia look, so you might need more work later. Many people choose to wait until they’re done having children before getting a labiaplasty.

What about getting a labiaplasty shortly after childbirth?

If you decide to wait to have the procedure until after you’ve given birth, you might think you want to get it done sooner rather than later. However, this isn’t advisable. Your body will need some time to fully heal after giving birth. Your body will also continue to change over time, just as it did during the pregnancy. After giving birth, the tissues will shrink and resettle. In general, you should wait at least three to six months after giving birth to have the procedure.

Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon in Manhattan

As with any plastic surgery procedure, the most important consideration is your safety. Your choice of surgeon matters; you’ll want to entrust your health to a board-certified surgeon with years of experience and a long track record of satisfied patients. That’s why so many people near New York City turn to Dr. Thomas Loeb. Dr. Loeb is experienced with a wide range of plastic surgeries, including labiaplasty procedures. Call his Manhattan office to schedule a confidential consultation.

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