As a female plastic surgeon, I have seen an increasing numbers of women requesting labiaplasty. Many labiaplasty patients have the same questions before their procedures, particularly when it comes to the recovery process. Before you come in for your consultation, here are a few answers to the most common questions about labiaplasty.
After a labiaplasty, itching and swelling are both very common symptoms. Usually, swelling is at its worst about 2-3 days after the labiaplasty, but it will gradually subside after this point. Itching can be expected throughout the first week or two and is typically very manageable.
By 2 weeks after your labiaplasty, pain will be minimal, itching will be subsiding, and swelling should be decreasing.
The most important factor in having a faster recovery is to adequately rest after the surgery. Minimize your activity as much as possible in the first few days of the healing process. Ice can help to ease swelling, while witch hazel can be used to treat itching or other discomfort. Before you apply anything to the treatment area, be sure to ask me first if it’s okay. I will give you comprehensive directions on any medications, topicals, or other treatments that you should use during the recovery process after your labiaplasty.
The tissue of the labia minora has many natural wrinkles and folds, which means that any scarring as a result of incisions made in this area is minimally noticeable. It’s possible that even your gynecologist will not notice scars as a result of your labiaplasty.
We’ll use dissolvable stitches which should be completely dissolved about 2-3 weeks after the surgery. Once stitches have dissolved, there may be some scar tissue, which can be somewhat firm but will eventually soften.
Exercise is often a primary concern among my labiaplasty patients. At about 2 weeks after surgery, most patients can carefully return to their exercise routines. Start slowly and pay close attention to how you feel as you’re exercising.
For most patients, it’s best to wait at least 4-6 weeks after a labiaplasty before having sexual intercourse. This gives the incision sites adequate time to heal and avoid complications for your recovery process.
I will monitor your healing during post-op appointments and advise when you can return to normal activities.