Labiaplasty surgery reshapes and reduces the size of the labia for improved comfort and appearance. While this procedure is considered safe, it is normal to expect temporary side effects, like numbness in the area. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters can review the risks and side effects of surgical vaginal rejuvenation during a consultation in New Orleans, LA.
Labiaplasty can increase your confidence and self-esteem while relieving physical discomfort. Call the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa to learn about this treatment and how to best care for yourself after surgery. We can also provide detailed post-operative instructions for a smooth and rapid recovery.
How Does Labiaplasty Surgery Work?
Labiaplasty can be performed for functional or cosmetic reasons. Some women feel self-conscious about the appearance of their labia, which can be enlarged due to age, childbirth, or genetics. Others have physical irritation and discomfort due to the size of the tissue. Pain may occur when exercising, wearing tight clothing, or during sexual intercourse.
Surgical vaginal rejuvenation involves altering the labia majora and/or minora (the outer and inner lips of the vagina). Our goal is to create an aesthetically pleasing appearance or to relieve pain. Dr. Walters uses an advanced method known as the wedge technique to cut away excess folds before stitching the tissue closed. This results in natural-looking outcomes with minimal complications or scarring.
What Side Effects Are Normal After Labiaplasty Surgery?
Most women feel some degree of swelling and discomfort during labiaplasty recovery in New Orleans, LA. Labiaplasty side effects should subside within a week if you follow our post-operative instructions and take care of the surgical area. Numbness is also possible, which is normal and will gradually fade over time. Patients should call Dr. Walters or a member of our team if they experience severe pain, bleeding, infection, or other signs of complications.
How Do You Make Labiaplasty Recovery Easier?
Patients need to take it easy in the days after surgical vaginal rejuvenation. The MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa can provide detailed instructions and answer any questions you have about recovery. We typically recommend the following:
- Use a cool compress: Wrap an ice pack in a clean cloth and apply it to the surgical area for 15 minutes at a time. This decreases inflammation and speeds up the healing process.
- Wear loose clothing: Avoid constricting clothing, like tight jeans or swimsuits. Opt for loose-fitting sweatpants and comfortable dresses or skirts so the area can heal without friction.
- Avoid sexual activity or tampon use: Wait 4 – 6 weeks before having sexual intercourse or using tampons. These activities can worsen side effects or delay healing.
- Take your time: Get plenty of rest and take it easy after surgery. Avoid strenuous activity, lifting heavy objects, or other activities that put too much strain on your body.
Patients should notice visible improvements about six weeks after surgery, with final outcomes showing 3 – 6 months after the procedure.
Ensure a Safe and Successful Labiaplasty Recovery
An enlarged labia can cause embarrassment and physical irritation. The MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa offers surgical vaginal rejuvenation to improve your appearance and comfort. Learn more about our cutting-edge labiaplasty by meeting with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters in New Orleans, LA. We can help you achieve your unique goals with the least amount of discomfort possible.