4 Things to Except from Recovery of Labiaplasty
Female genitalia surgery is becoming increasingly popular for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Women who experience painful sex or have trouble inserting a tampon are good candidates for labiaplasty surgery, as well as women who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their labia.
Immediately After Surgery
Most patients only spend about fifteen minutes in Post-Op recovery. Because the anesthesia is still effective for about two hours after surgery, most patients walk out of office free of pain. Wear a feminine pad to absorb blood and discharge from the plastic surgery. Once the anesthesia wears off, it is normal to experience discomfort and swelling. Using an ice pack against the vulva area is encouraged. Patients will be prescribed a narcotic pain medication, which can be taken along with other over the counter inflammatory medication.
Recovery During the First Week
Patients with desk jobs can typically return to work in about a week, but be mindful of keeping your activities light. Avoid heavy lifting, swimming, lifting children, and intensive housework. Patients can drive as they become comfortable with it. Do not insert anything into the vagina for the first six to eight weeks. This includes tampons and abstaining from sex. Patients will be given an estrogen cream to apply that aids the healing process, and this should be the only thing touching the vagina. Wearing loose fitting clothes like boxers or dresses prevents chaffing.
Weeks 5 through 8 Post Surgery
At this time, the labia is finishing up the healing process. Patients can slowly return to normal physical activity as long as there is no pain or discomfort. Contact your doctor if you encounter any complications like fever, increased swelling, or unusual discharge.
Long Term Recovery
Labiaplasty surgery can ease uncomfortable sex and restore confidence in the appearance of a woman’s genitalia. The surgery results in decreased tissue around the labia and improved contour, leaving the patient with rejuvenated genitalia.
Are you considering labiaplasty? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kotis, a board certified plastic surgeon serving the Chicago and Arlington areas. Call (847)-250-0350 for the Chicago office and (847)-241-4323 for the Arlington office.