Common Questions About Labiaplasty Recovery
Once you are completely healed from your labiaplasty, you will enjoy improved quality of life in many areas, from outdoor activities to indoor intimacy. For proper healing, it is critical to follow your surgeon’s instructions. Albany plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach discusses what women should know about labiaplasty recovery.
How Long Will I Need to Take Off Work After Labiaplasty?
How long you will have to take off work depends on your occupation. Those with relatively sedentary jobs should take a week or so off to recover, but women with more physically demanding work may have to wait longer to return. Talk to Dr. Barach beforehand about the physical requirements of your job.
How Long Before I Can Resume Normal Activities?
Most women can resume daily activities within two to three weeks after surgery. While that does not apply to vaginal intercourse, it does mean that you can return to your normal routine. However, wait between six and eight weeks post-surgery before undertaking any strenuous physical activities, including intensive exercise programs. Keep in mind that total recovery from labiaplasty may take up to six months.
What Can I Do for Pain Relief?
The majority of women need only over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen to ease post-labiaplasty pain. Those whose pain does not respond to over-the-counter products may receive a short-term pain relief prescription.
The use of ice packs can help reduce the swelling and related bruising following the surgery.
What About My Menstrual Period?
During your menstrual period, you must use sanitary napkins rather than tampons, cups or anything inserted into the vagina. Dr. Barach will let you know when you can return to using this protection.
Can I Take Baths?
Avoid bathing for a few weeks after surgery, until cleared by the doctor. That also means staying away from any full water immersion, such as swimming. Instead, take showers or give yourself sponge baths.
When Can I Resume Sexual Intercourse?
Expect to refrain from vaginal intercourse for at least six weeks after the surgery. Dr. Barach will examine you to determine if resuming intercourse is safe. Having intercourse before the surgeon’s clearance can cause serious damage.
Are There Possible Complications With Labiaplasty?
Complications with any type of vaginal rejuvenation surgery are rare, but they can occur. Call Dr. Barach if experiencing any of the following:
- Severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding from incisions
For More Information, Contact Dr. Barach
If you would like more information about labiaplasty, contact Dr. Barach and schedule a personal consultation at our Albany practice. We will answer all of your questions and address any concerns, and let you know whether you are a candidate for the procedure.