Many like to imagine that childbirth is a beautiful and miraculous experience. While bringing a child into the world is rather breathtaking for any new mother, the actual experience and aftermath are life-changing beyond sleepless nights and sore nipples. Everything changes. Life changes. Your body changes. Everything that was once firm and trim is now stretched out and flabby. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with it; you CAN get your pre-baby body back through various cosmetic procedures. One procedure that is rising in popularity is labiaplasty, also known as vaginal reguvenation.

There are some important things that you need to know before you opt to get this procedure. Below are some of the key facts about labiaplasty:

Preparing for This Procedure

Before your labiaplasty, you will meet with a plastic surgeon for a consultation. He/she will perform an assessment to determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure and discuss the expected outcome of labiaplasty for you.

You will have to quit smoking, but you’re used to this already. You quit during your pregnancy, so you can quit in anticipation of your surgery. Smoking increases the risk of bleeding; certain medications and over-the-counter supplements have the same effect, so your doctor will advise you to stop taking those as well. Tell your doctor about your drinking and smoking habits in addition to any and all medications and supplements to ensure safety during your procedure.

What to Expect During This Procedure

The entire labiaplasty procedure will take about two hours to perform. The exact surgical technique can vary depending on the size and texture of your labia in addition to what you and your doctor discussed prior to surgery. Once the procedure is complete, your incisions will be closed with sutures, and you will be allowed to leave the clinic as soon as the procedure has been completed, barring any complications or person necessity to stay for observation.

What to Expect During the Recovery Process

After your labiaplasty, you will experience soreness in the vaginal area, which should go away within a month or so. As a mother, you’re used to this. However, if the pain and discomfort is too intense for you to bear, your surgeon can prescribe medications to ease your discomfort. You will also be advised to abstain from sexual intercourse for one month after your surgery.

You may return to work as soon as you feel ready, but you will need to abstain from rigorous activity for at least three weeks. Additionally, your surgeon will advise that you avoid using tampons for at least ten days after your surgery.

You love being a mother, and you love your baby, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with what pregnancy and childbirth have done to your body, if you don’t want to. Procedures like labiaplasty, and other Mommy Makeover surgical procedures, can help slim and trim you back to pre-baby shape.

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