5 Hygiene Tips During Recovery From Labiaplasty

Keeping the incision site clean and dry after a labiaplasty procedure is vital to a swift and successful recovery. Your surgeon will provide you with a detailed list of dos and don’ts to guide you immediately following the surgery, and you should follow all of them to a tee in order to make sure that you don’t have to return to address any post-surgery complications. Below are 5 hygiene tips to follow when recovering from labiaplasty.

Recovering From Labiaplasty

Showering. When you shower, during the first week after surgery, apply a very small amount of Hibiclens to the labia. Do not apply other soaps, creams, lotions or wipes to the vulva as they will be extremely irritating to the hypersensitive area. Thoroughly rinse off all the Hibiclens and hold open the vaginal area allowing fresh water to cleanse the vulva for at least a couple of minutes at the end of each shower. Water will be sufficient to cleanse the area as well as get rid of any excess Hibiclens that could start irritating the area. Make sure the incision site is completely dry after the shower. Use a blow dryer on very low heat if necessary.

Baths. During the first 24 hours, take a warm bath immediately following your shower to get rid of any remaining Hibiclens that the shower didn’t wash away. Baths will also help deal with swelling.

Going to the bathroom. Urine can be incredibly irritating to the incision as well as potentially cause infection. Rinse the area with water immediately following urination and then pat the area dry with a towel. Do not use toilet paper as small pieces can become stuck in the incision site and potentially trap bacteria.

Intercourse. You can safely resume sexual relations around six weeks after the surgery. Sex is going to be too much trauma for the incision site to handle before this, and in addition to reopening the site, could potentially lead to infection and put you at increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

Antibiotics. You will be prescribed an antibiotic cream that you will need to apply 4-6 times per day in order to keep the area sanitized and to keep the incision line moist. Women should note that often yeast infections develop in response to the antibacterial properties of the antibiotics. If you are prone to yeast infections, your surgeon will prescribe you an antifungal to help manage that possibility.

Labiaplasty involves trauma to one of the most sensitive areas of your body. Special care and attention is required for a number of weeks after the procedure in order to ensure that the site remains clean, dry and free of bacteria and infection. Your surgeon will most likely go over all of the above information with you during your initial and post-op consultation, but if you need a refresher, keep the above list in mind to make sure that you heal quickly and properly.

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