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The body goes through a number of changes during pregnancy and childbirth, including changes to the inner and outer labia. The labia may become larger or develop darker edges, or may stretch or tear during childbirth. In other instances, a surgical incision may be performed (episiotomy) to help control stretching and dilation of the vaginal canal during delivery. Because of these concerns, many women choose to wait until after they’ve completed their family before pursuing labiaplasty or vaginoplasty. However, labiaplasty before pregnancy can help alleviate physical discomfort due to the size or shape of your labia even if you have plans to become pregnant in the future.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Otto Placik serves Chicago and its suburbs, specializing in labiaplasty and other female genital rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Placik is highly experienced in labial contouring and repair for results that help you feel confident about your vaginal appearance. He has been interviewed, taught other medical professionals, attended numerous conferences, performed multiple presentations, written book chapters and online articles as well as conducted and participated in research studies on this subject.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on labiaplasty, including prices.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


About Labiaplasty and Pregnancy

Pregnancy can take a heavy physical toll on a woman’s body. While many of the changes associated with having a baby are temporary, others may be permanent. The labia enlarge in response to pregnancy-related hormones, and may also darken, stretch or tear during childbirth. Because of this, labiaplasty is often performed on women who have already given birth, either for cosmetic reasons or to repair damaged tissue.

After pregnancy, other appearance concerns and physical changes can also be addressed through cosmetic gynecology, including vaginal rejuvenation to correct lax musculature in the vaginal wall. It’s common to combine labiaplasty with vaginal rejuvenation either as a separate procedure or as part of a mommy makeover.

Dr. Placik performs labiaplasty to create a more proportionate look, which can be accomplished by reducing the size of the labia minora (inner labia) or reducing/augmenting the size of the labia majora (outer labia). Sometimes a combination of both approaches, with or without a clitoral hood reduction, will deliver the best results. In other instances, a C-section scar (Pfannenstiel incision) may contribute to or cause an undesirable fullness of the mons pubis, which can be treated with scar revision and/or liposuction. Poorly healed episiotomy scars may cause discomfort or an unacceptable appearance, which can be addressed with a perineoplasty in combination with the above procedures.

Labiaplasty is usually performed under local anesthetic, so you can return home the same day of your surgery. Dr. Placik and his staff will give you detailed instructions to follow during your recovery, and you should be back to work within about a week after your procedure.

Patient Not a Model

Labiaplasty and Pregnancy FAQ

Am I a candidate?

The best candidates for labiaplasty notice significant changes in the size, shape or color of their labia following pregnancy or childbirth. Other women may be genetically disposed toward larger labia even before pregnancy. Candidates should be in good general health overall and have realistic expectations about their results, and should not be pregnant at the time of surgery.

Is it okay to have another child following labiaplasty?

Since labiaplasty is primarily a cosmetic procedure, there’s no medical reason you can’t continue having children after an earlier labiaplasty that corrected pregnancy-related changes in your labia. However, you should be aware that future pregnancies could impact the results of your initial surgery.

How much does a labiaplasty cost?

The cost for labiaplasty will depend on many factors, including whether additional procedures will be performed at the same time. Your total fees will cover the cost of the surgical facility and anesthesiologist as well as Dr. Placik’s fee. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.

Can I combine labiaplasty with other procedures?

It’s very common to include labiaplasty with additional genital rejuvenation procedures. For example, Dr. Placik may recommend a clitoral hood reduction in combination with an inner labia reduction for a more aesthetic final result. Women who choose labiaplasty to help decrease discomfort during intercourse may also want to heighten sexual sensations with G-spot amplification. Every woman is different, and Dr. Placik will work with you to determine the combination of procedures that will work best to meet your needs.

Will I have scars after my labiaplasty?

In general, the labia heal very rapidly and scars should be minimal. You may notice a pinkish or reddish tone to the scars at first, but this should fade over the first several months after surgery to become nearly invisible. Most women feel that the small scars that remain visible after labiaplasty are worth the trade-off for the improvement in physical comfort and self-confidence.

What are the risks?

Labiaplasty is not a complex surgery, but there are still risks such as bleeding, infection or scarring to consider. In rare cases, more serious complications like hypersensitivity or loss of sensation at the incision site can occur. Dr. Placik will discuss all of these issues in more detail at your consultation.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about labiaplasty and pregnancy, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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