As a plastic surgeon who performs labiaplasty for women from throughout the Lynchburg, VA, area, I have heard and answered just about every question there is about recovery, preparation, and expectations for the procedure. In this blog post, I’d like to answer a few of the most common questions I hear to provide some guidance for any readers who may be starting their research into this transformative and empowering procedure.
Educating yourself is one of the most important steps you can take to feel confident and excited as you take your next steps. Read on to learn more about what you can expect when recovering from your labiaplasty procedure.
How should I prepare for labiaplasty recovery?
A few steps you can take to prepare for labiaplasty recovery include:
- Have plenty of comfortable, loose-fitting clothing on hand.
- Fill any prescriptions before your surgery so they’re ready to go as soon as you return home.
- Plan for a ride home from the surgery center and for someone to stay with you for the first day.
- Bring all your snacks, entertainment, phone, and other needs together and create a central “recovery nest.”
You’ll also want to eat healthily, keep your stress levels low, and get into a headspace of embracing rest and recuperation for those first few days.
How long is labiaplasty recovery?
Many people return to office work after a few days, but your return to work will depend on how physically demanding your job is. You’ll need to keep walking and other activity to a minimum for 2 to 3 days and can gradually resume it after that time if it’s comfortable. The healing process as a whole typically takes closer to 6 weeks.
Is labiaplasty recovery painful?
While rare, some people experience mild discomfort and irritation after labiaplasty. Typically, this is easily managed with medication and lasts for only the first couple of days. It’s a misconception that labiaplasty recovery is exceptionally painful. You can learn more about this in a previous blog post.
Expect swelling in the area, especially in the first week. Keep a cold compress on the area for 15 minutes at a time to help with swelling and any discomfort.
When can I return to exercise and sexual activity after labiaplasty?
You’ll need to avoid these activities for 6 weeks to allow the area to heal fully. It’s better to give your body the time it needs to heal than to resume activity too soon and risk injuring yourself or compromising your results.
Will I need to have my labiaplasty stitches removed?
While labiaplasty sutures are absorbable, I will see you back after 2 weeks to remove any remaining sutures. At this point, your incisions are well on their way to healing; keeping sutures in for longer than 2 weeks typically only causes unnecessary irritation.
To see examples of the results you can expect after labiaplasty, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about labiaplasty at my plastic surgery practice in Roanoke, VA, please contact us online or call (540) 776-1600. I look forward to hearing from you.