When we think about the concept of a "Mommy Makeover," we most often think about taking care of those most obvious physical signs of motherhood and putting things back where they used to be: a breast augmentation for sagging breasts, a tummy tuck for that loose post-pregnancy skin on the belly, and perhaps a bit of liposuction to smooth those curves to where they used to be. There are other procedures that could go hand-in-hand with a mommy makeover that are not as frequently mentioned: labiaplasty and vaginoplasty.
Labiaplasty is the aesthetic surgical enhancement of one or more of the structures of the human vulva. That's your lady business. Most people are highly embarrassed to talk about such intimate issues, and some may not even know the names of the different structures that make up the human vulva. Just so we’re all on the same page, here are some basic definitions:
The mons pubis is the rounded area of fatty tissue over the join of the pubic bones: the area generally covered in pubic hair when the body is viewed from the front. The size of this area is directly related to levels of hormones and body fat.
The mons pubis leads into the labia majora, also known as the "outer lips" of the vulva, the thicker folds on each side of the genital area.
The labia minora, the “inner lips,” are comprised of the two flaps on each side of the vaginal opening.
The clitoral hood is the area of skin that covers the clitoris.
The introitis is the opening of the vagina, which is stretched during childbirth and may remain exposed.
The perineum is generally referred to as the area between the openings of the vagina and anus. This is the area that may tear (or be cut in an episiotomy) during childbirth.
Some women may be unhappy with how this area looks or feels, and may not know that there is a solution. The size, color, and shape of one’s lady business (the “vulval” area) can vary tremendously; unevenness may occur from birth, and the vulval structures may change due to trauma, childbirth, or aging. Some women may experience physical discomfort, while others are simply unhappy with how things look down there. You know your body best, and if you’re unhappy with the appearance, size, or color of these areas, you probably know exactly what you’d like taken care of. Dr. Meadows’ solution is Labiaplasty, a blanket term that covers the repair and aesthetic enhancement of any or all of these vulval structures using surgical or laser technology. While Dr. Meadows can design almost anything in this regard, the most common requests he receives are:
reduction of the size and thickness of the labia majora - restoring a more youthful look to large, protruding, or sagging ou