What Is A Recovery From A Labiaplasty Like?

For many women, childbirth, age or congenital conditions have disfigured the appearance of their labia, making it oversized and disproportionate to the rest of the body. It can become uncomfortable to sit, wear certain clothing and even have intimate relations. If you are one of those women, there is a surgical procedure called a labiaplasty that can correct these issues.

What Is A Recovery From A Labiaplasty Like

What is a labiaplasty?

A labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that aims to reshape and restore form and function to the labia. Uneven inner lips can also be shortened, the outer labia if deflated can be filled with fat to create more pleasing contours and restore your comfort. A labiaplasty can also help with your self-esteem if you are feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your labia.

What is the recovery process like?

Most patients report that the recovery process from this type of surgery is relatively easy. Following a labiaplasty you may experience swelling and discolouration to the area for one to two weeks. You may also find the area numb for a few days with some tenderness around the incision sites. During the recovery process you may notice that the incision sites have reddened. This redness will go away after about three months and your scars will gradually fade. You will not need to have your stitches removed because most surgeons use dissolvable stitches during this procedure. Additionally, you will need to visit your doctor about a week after your surgery so they can monitor your progress and ensure that the healing process is going smoothly.

What do I do immediately after my surgery?

Because labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure, you will need someone to drive you home from the hospital or surgical clinic where you will be having your surgery. You will be under sedation during your surgery and be quite groggy when you emerge afterwards and unable to drive a car. If you can, ask a friend or loved one to stay with you overnight following your procedure. You will probably be very tired afterwards and having someone around to make sure you have enough water and are comfortable can prove to be very helpful as you recover.

When can I shower again?

Following your labiaplasty surgery you can shower the next day. Do not take a bath until you are healed, about 10 days. Only take showers for this period, then you can bathe as you normally would. You should also wear absorbent pads or feminine napkins for the first few days while you heal to absorb any drainage that will occur. Drainage is completely normal and not a cause for alarm.

Will I be in pain following my labiaplasty?

There will be some discomfort following your surgery. Each person has a different threshold for pain, so it is impossible to predict how you will feel after undergoing a labiaplasty. However, your doctor will prescribe painkillers and topical antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. When taking painkillers do not consume alcohol or take any other medications that you have not cleared with your doctor first.

How long do I have to take off work?

We all heal differently, so please do not rush back to work. Some people are able to return to work after a few days if they are not lifting while others need two weeks. For women who have physical jobs, you will have to be careful and not return to work until you are healed. If you have a job that requires you to sit for long periods of time, you may find this uncomfortable as you heal.

When can I exercise again?

As soon as you feel up to it, walk. Walking helps reduce swelling and lowers the risk of blood clots. For the first week following your surgery you should keep your exercising to a minimum and lift nothing greater than five pounds. Physical activities like sports and running can be done after about three weeks. If you swim to stay fit you will not be able to do so until your sutures have disolved.

What else do I need to know about recovery from a labiaplasty?

After undergoing a labiaplasty it’s important to get plenty of rest. You should also try and eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids. Since you will be decreasing the amount of physical activity that you do and taking pain medication, you could experience constipation. To combat this, add more fresh fruit to your diet and stay hydrated. Furthermore, do not smoke while you recover from your procedure. Smoking interferes with our body’s natural healing process and can increase the chance of complications. Finally, you will have to refrain from sexual activity for six weeks or longer, depending on your comfort level.

If you are considering undergoing a labiaplasty, contact us for more information.

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