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How Long After Labiaplasty Can You Wear Jeans?

Loeb Staff | July 19, 2021 | Posted in Labiaplasty Surgery

Loose clothing and underwear are mandatory for the first 72 hours after labiaplasty surgery, and most labiaplasty patients should wait a minimum of 2 weeks before wearing jeans, if not longer. The reason for holding off on wearing jeans is that the operated area will be swollen, tender and itchy, which is not conducive to tight clothing or friction of any kind.

In short, if you have a labiaplasty on Monday, don’t expect to wear your favorite skinny jeans the following Friday.

Women choose to have labiaplasty for many different reasons. Some want to improve genital appearance. Others do it to enhance sexual satisfaction, and many more elect this procedure to reduce discomfort and irritation during normal activities. A labiaplasty is a gratifying outpatient procedure that can help restore confidence, boost comfort levels, and improve overall quality of life.

While thousands of women tout labiaplasty as a ‘life-changing’ surgery that replaces self-consciousness with self-assurance, there are restrictions and special care instructions during the recovery process.

Healing after labiaplasty

Every patient is unique and heals at varying rates, but loose-fitting clothing is generally preferred by labiaplasty patients for several weeks or more after the procedure.

Many find that over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen are enough to relieve discomfort, and periodic cold compresses do wonders to minimize swelling. If symptoms worsen or dramatically change, your plastic surgeon is the best qualified to evaluate your situation and make recommendations to expedite your recovery. You will typically have one or two post-op appointments scheduled after the procedure to check on the healing process.

Post-procedure downtime

The majority of patients are back to work within 7-10 days after their labiaplasty, but those with physically demanding jobs or occupations where one sits for extended periods of time may need a longer break.

Here at the Manhattan office of Dr. Thomas Loeb, we advise our patients to avoid tight undergarments and clothing for at least 2-3 weeks, to protect the delicate tissue from rubbing and chafing that can impede recuperation.

Avoid strenuous physical activity like running, bike riding, horseback riding and similar sports should until you get the green light from your surgeon.  Basically, any activity that places undue pressure on the incisions can hinder and delay healing.

Most women are back to their normal routines 3-4 weeks after the surgery and comfortably wearing yoga pants, form-fitting workout clothing, jeans, and other preferred attire.

Labiaplasty in NYC

This vaginal rejuvenation procedure has aesthetic and functional benefits, and promises permanent results. If you would like more information about labiaplasty with Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Loeb, we invite you to contact us online or call to arrange a private consultation at his Fifth Avenue office.

Additional Resources:

  1. ASPS, What is a labiaplasty and what does it involve? https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/what-is-a-labiaplasty-and-what-does-it-involve
  2. ASPS, 2020 National Plastic Surgery Statistics https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2020/plastic-surgery-statistics-report-2020.pdf
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