What to Expect After Labiaplasty Surgery

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In this article, we try our best to explain how you can best prepare yourself for the recovery period after Labiaplasty. Before you have your surgery, there are some supplies you need to have handy and things you may want to consider.

First let get you prepared for the surgery, there is some shopping to be done for some supplies you may want to have handy and things you may want to consider.

  • You can start taking arnica and bromelain pills the week before surgery to help with bruising and swelling. When you start taking the medication a week before, it has a chance to get into your system and work more effectively. Less swelling means less pain and we all want that!
  • Buy a spray bottle which you will fill with water. You will learn the use for this below.
  • Purchase come Sanitary Napkins Do not use tampons
  • You may want to clear the area of hair prior to the procedure. 
  • Wear loose undergarments for two weeks after the surgery to prevent rubbing
  • Shower regularly
  • Wash the vaginal area after every toilet visit
  • Avoid sitting for the first few days after surgery.  It is best to stick to bed rest as much as possible
  • Sex! If you can’t go without sex for longer than three to six weeks, you are not a candidate for this procedure. Your incisions need adequate time to heal or you can end up ruining your result and needing revision/reconstructive surgery.

What happens after Labiaplasty Surgery?

So, you’ve had your lady parts, specifically your labia, trimmed to an appearance you feel more comfortable with. Surgery part is over but, this is only the beginning. Knowing how to care for your incisions after labiaplasty will make your recovery much smoother and less painful, figuratively and literally.

Day 1-2

The day after surgery, expect, your woo hoo be quite swollen. The skin over your clitoris may be bulging as well even though no cutting was done in this area. Absolutely do NOT expect them to look “normal.” The tissue down there can stretch significantly. It may look alarmingly swollen. It may look even “worse” than where you started due to swelling. Don’t freak out!

Your surgeon will have given you specific advice concerning medication and let you know when your post-operative consultations will be.  They will want to see you to ensure that the wounds are healing properly and that the labia are even and a correct shape

Applying a cold compress to the area will help with pain relief and swelling. Avoid keeping the cold compress on the area longer than 15 minutes at a time. Take your pain mediation given to you from your surgeon before you feel the pain to get a head start on the pain. 

Mild blood-tinged drainage is normal. You may have some stinging with urination. Using a spray bottle filled with water to squirt on the incisions as you urinate will dilute the urine running over your incisions and take away the sting. Additionally, it gives the added benefit of cleaning the area after urination.

Day 3-7

Expect that the swelling may get a bit worse before it gets better. Do not be concerned. Keep using the spray bottle with urination to give pain relief and to clean the area. You should continue to take your pain medications and apply ointment as directed by your surgeon. You may continue to ice as directed if your surgeon has okayed this. Friction from your underwear or more fitted clothing may cause discomfort.

As you start to move about a bit more, you may notice ups and downs in the amount of swelling of your labia. Pain and/or discomfort is still to be expected but improving daily. Blood-tinged drainage on your underwear or sanitary napkin/pantiliner is normal. You may still not be wearing any tight clothing/underwear if you’re sensitive to the pressure. Ointments and pain medication should be used as directed by your surgeon. Keep using your spray bottle when you vist the toliet for as long as you feel discomfort. 

If during this first week you have unbearable pain, foul odor, pus, excessive drainage, fever, or any other concern, you should call your surgeon.

Good news is after the first week everything starts to feel less intense, although you may still have pain and discomfort it will be nothing like the past week!

Day 8 and Beyond

You should start to see the light at then end of the tunnel about now with all your symptoms starting to dissipate. We ae not telling you that there may not be some pain but it will be a lot less. You will still have some swelling and tenderness although your toliet visits won’t need you water bottle buddy from last week by now.

At day 7 or 8 your will go visit your surgeon again for check up and have stitches removed

You will start to notice a huge improvement by the time you reach day 14, the swelling will have almost gone with none or very little pain. You may still have discomfort when any pressure from clothing is applied, this just means that you may have to stick to those granny knickers a little longer!


Overview

The wounds will heal quickly and should be sealed within a few days.  It is very important that you maintain a very high standard of hygiene in order to keep the area clean and free from any infection.  You should use a sanitary napkin to keep the area clean and to prevent any rubbing.  Showering twice a day and spraying the vagina with water 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 napkins 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.  

Other everyday activities can be resumed once you feel ready.  This is usually a couple of weeks after the labiaplasty took place.The healing will not be totally complete until about two months after the surgery.