Whether you’re still deciding if you’ll move forward with a labiaplasty or your consultation is already booked, understanding each step of the process often helps my patients feel more confident with their choice. Here, I’ll outline a brief overview of what you can expect at every stage of your labiaplasty from consultation through recovery.
During your consultation, we’ll discuss your goals for the procedure, your concerns, and your overall health. This helps me to determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure and start to establish a plan for your surgery. During the consultation, I’ll need to know about your general health including any relevant allergies or medical conditions and whether you’re a smoker.
Next, I’ll conduct an exam of the treatment area so I can understand your concerns and evaluate whether a labiaplasty is suitable to address them. After this exam is complete, we can review any questions you might have about the surgery or recovery process.
Before your surgery date, you should plan to take about a week off from work or other responsibilities. If you have children or pets, you should arrange for help caring for them in the first few days after your surgery so you can focus on resting and recovery. Plan ahead for easy-to-prepare nutritious meals during your recovery process and remember to pick up prescriptions or other supplies before your surgery. Finally, arrange for someone to drive you home from your surgery.
During your labiaplasty, there are several techniques that may be used. The two major techniques that I use are the wedge technique, in which a V-shaped section of tissue is removed, or the trim technique, in which excess skin and tissue around the edge of the labia is removed. Labiaplasties are performed under general anesthesia, so you’ll be unconscious throughout the surgery. However, you can go home the same day of your procedure.
After a labiaplasty, you can expect about a week of downtime to rest and recover. During this period, pain medications and ice packs can be used to keep you comfortable. Some discomfort and swelling is expected. I will give you specific instructions regarding caring for sutures or incisions, when you can return to activities including exercise and intercourse, and more. Swelling should begin to subside after a few weeks, and at this time you will begin to see your results.