Healing after Labiaplasty


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After your surgery it is important that you look after yourself and take any advice given to you by your surgeon.  Everyone reacts differently to surgery, and you will have your own healing speed and recovery.  The labia are quite a sensitive area of the body, so it is not surprising that the first few days after a labiaplasty are quite painful and you will be given pain-killers by your surgeon to overcome this.  The labia will be swollen, bruised and sore, making sitting and urinating uncomfortable.  You can ease the discomfort by either urinating in the shower or by running warm water over the area when going to the loo.  Ice packs or cold compresses can help to reduce the swelling and you ought to wear as loose clothing as possible to avoid any rubbing.  This will eventually ease over time, but can continue for around two weeks after the surgery.

The wounds will heal quickly and ought to be sealed within a few days.  It is essential that you maintain a very high standard of hygiene in order to keep the area clean and free from any infection.  You will be given dressings to wear or you can use a sanitary towel to keep the area clean and to prevent any rubbing.  Showering twice a day and rinsing the vagina after toilet visits will keep the area nice and clean and will help speed up your recovery.  The wounds, if not treated properly, can weep and make the incisions take longer to heal, increasing the risk of infection. 

The scars left by a labiaplasty are minimal, the incisions are contoured to blend in with the folds of your skin and over time the scar tissue will be barely visible.  The tissue itself will be made to feel as pliable and supple as possible, so there is no continuing or long-term discomfort. 

You will need to wear loose underwear for two weeks following a labiaplasty in order to prevent any rubbing.  You will also have to abstain from sexual intercourse for four to six weeks and use sanitary towels instead of tampons for around the same amount of time.  Any disturbance within the vaginal area could irritate and inflame the wounds and put your recovery back.  Your surgeon will see you for a check up at around this time and will let you know if you need to wait any longer before having sex again. 

Other everyday activities can be resumed once you feel ready.  This is usually a couple of weeks after the labiaplasty took place and most women return to work about ten days after their surgery.  The healing will not be totally complete until about two months after the surgery.  This is when your surgeon will see you again, make sure that everything has repaired and take the after photos so that you can see the effect of the surgery and compare them to the pictures taken during your consultation. 


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