If you feel hesitant to ask many questions about your labiaplasty procedure and recovery, know that your plastic surgeon is always willing to put your mind at ease. Labiaplasty is an effective way to achieve vaginal rejuvenation, feel comfortable during intimacy, and boost your body confidence.
Recovery after labiaplasty can be challenging, but an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon can help you navigate the process. Here is a timeline of what you can expect during labiaplasty recovery.
You will experience swelling as well as some soreness, itching, numbness, or discomfort during the first few days after your procedure. Make sure to fill your prescription for pain medication before your labiaplasty to make things easier.
Get plenty of rest during this first week as your body heals and recovers. A cold compress can help minimize swelling and inflammation in your vaginal area. Toward the end of the first week, you can start taking slow, very brief walks. You can also go back to work after 1 week if you have a sedentary job.
Your discomfort should be fading enough that you can switch to an over-the-counter pain reliever. Keep moving your body to support the healing process, and continue following your surgeon’s bathroom hygiene instructions. After week 2, your swelling should decrease significantly, and you will start seeing the results of your labiaplasty. Your vaginal area may still feel tender and sensitive during this 2nd week.
For more tips on how to recover after your labiaplasty, check out this previous blog.
Weeks 3 & 4
Expect to feel a lot better during weeks 3 and 4! You should feel more comfortable sitting, moving, and engaging in non-strenuous activities.
After the 4th week, you can resume your workout routine with your plastic surgeon’s approval. You may also be able to resume sexual activity based on your comfort level and whether your surgeon has cleared you.
Week 6 & Beyond
By week 6, you should be close to completely healed and back to your normal routine. You’ll likely be able to resume your regular exercise routine after 6 weeks. You may still have some minor swelling, but that should completely subside after 3 to 6 months.
Tips for Optimal Labiaplasty Recovery
- Focus on good nutrition so your body stays hydrated and well-nourished.
- Avoid cigarettes and alcohol, which can interfere with healing.
- Give your body ample rest.
- Avoid restrictive garments that can chafe or irritate your vaginal area.
- Keep your vaginal area clean and dry to avoid infection. Use showers to clean your body during the first 4 weeks instead of baths.
Women who come to our practice for labiaplasty leave with a new sense of confidence; you can see why in these labiaplasty before and after photos. If you are ready to transform your body confidence and address your labia concerns, request a consultation or call us at (504) 517-6200 to schedule an appointment.