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What Can I Expect After Labiaplasty?

Jacky Gale | June 12, 2020 | Posted in Labiaplasty Surgery
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A labiaplasty is a vaginal rejuvenation procedure that can reduce the size of the labia minora. During this operation, the surgeon can also perform adjustments to the shape. It’s an ideal surgery for women who have enlarged or asymmetrically shaped labia, which can sometimes cause physical discomfort as well as emotional anguish.

If you are thinking about having this surgery, you should learn what to expect after a labiaplasty. However, you should always defer to your surgeon’s pre-and post-operative instructions.

Understanding the recovery timeline

You’ll need to take some time off work and other responsibilities during the initial recovery period. It’s normal to have swelling, bruising, pain, and bloody drainage from the surgical site. Most women can return to work (provided it involves sedentary activities) after one week. However, everyone recovers differently, and you may need up to two weeks.

In addition, you’ll need to refrain from sex for at least six to eight weeks. Exercise, including swimming, should be avoided for the same length of time. Avoid lifting anything heavier than five pounds for the first week or two. You can take a shower after the first 48 hours, but you should avoid soaking in a tub until the sutures are fully dissolved.

As time passes, you’ll continue to feel better, and the swelling will continue to subside. Note that it can take up to four to six months before the final results of the labiaplasty are evident.

Keeping yourself comfortable

Your plastic surgeon will give you a prescription for pain medication. Be sure to mention if you’ve ever had an adverse reaction to narcotics, or if you’re taking any other medications or supplements. Follow the directions and do not take more than directed. Check with your surgeon about pairing over-the-counter pain relievers with narcotics for managing breakthrough pain.

You can also keep yourself comfortable by wearing loose clothing, such as pajama pants, instead of tight jeans. A donut pillow will improve your comfort while you’re sitting.

Keeping the surgical site clean

Follow your surgeon’s instructions for cleaning the surgical site and applying ointments. You will need to make some adjustments to your bathroom routine. Fill a clean spray bottle with water. Instead of using toilet paper, spray water on your genital area to clean yourself and then gently pat your skin dry with a clean, soft cloth. If you experience burning during urination, you can spray the area as you urinate to relieve the pain.

Lastly, do not use tampons for at least six to eight weeks. Since you will have discharge after the surgery, you should have plenty of maxi pads on hand.

Contact a board-certified surgeon for labiaplasty in NYC

If you’re ready to reclaim your quality of life and eliminate physical discomfort caused by an enlarged labia, it’s time to contact a qualified plastic surgeon. Dr. Thomas Loeb is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a long track record of satisfied patients. Call our Manhattan office today to schedule a consult for having a labiaplasty in NYC.

Additional Resources

  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, What to expect at every stage of your labiaplasty,
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