While labiaplasty procedures are generally more common after pregnancy and childbirth, some women may consider having the surgery before having a baby or starting their family. In many of these cases, feelings of discomfort or even embarrassment are just some of the reasons they choose to not wait until after they are done having children to have labiaplasty.

No matter what your reasons are, here is what you need to know if you’re wondering whether you should have labiaplasty before or after pregnancy.

What Does a Labiaplasty Procedure Entail?

Labiaplasty is performed when a woman wishes to make her labia majora and/or labia minora smaller or correct asymmetry. After local anesthesia is administered, the labial tissue is trimmed, and dissolvable sutures are put into place. You will be able to go home the same day after the labiaplasty procedure, and it is recommended that you take a day or two to rest and recover.

Deciding when to have labiaplasty could depend on your physical comfort levelas well as your potential plans.

How Do You Know Whether or Not You Should Wait?

If you are experiencing a significant level of discomfort due to your clothing or from moving around, you may consider labiaplasty well before you are ready to become pregnant. There is no simple answer. Consulting with Dr. Small to go over your concerns and discuss your options may help ease your mind.

How Soon After Childbirth Can You Have Labiaplasty?

Your body will need time to heal and recover after giving birth before you can have labiaplasty surgery. Each woman’s recovery is different, so the time period to wait could potentially vary between 3 and 6 months.

Let Dr. Small help you determine whether having labiaplasty before or after pregnancy is right for you. There is no reason to hold off on your decision to have one if you are experiencing discomfort. The decision is ultimately yours, but we are here to help you determine what’s best for you.