Common Questions about Labiaplasty Recovery
Recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reveal that the demand for labiaplasty, a surgical procedure that reshapes and resizes the labial tissues, is rising. Not only is labiaplasty safe, it also has a high patient satisfaction and success rate.
The success of labiaplasty (and any plastic surgery procedure) hinges on a number of factors, including the recovery process. Recovery from labiaplasty varies from patient to patient. Every woman recovers at her own pace, based on the degree of correction, her health status and how well she follows her doctor’s instructions for recovery.
Dr. Bruce Barach, a top plastic surgeon in Albany, regularly fields many questions regarding the recovery process for labiaplasty. He answers some of those questions in this blog post.
What post-op side effects should I expect? How long will they last?
Common side effects of labiaplasty are swelling and itching. Swelling can be managed with cold compresses while itching and discomfort can be minimized with cooling pads and oral pain medication prescribed by your doctor. Swelling typically peaks at the two- or three-day mark after surgery, and then subsides over the following weeks. If itching persists after one week, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Will scarring be obvious?
Scarring from labiaplasty is not visible. Incisions will naturally fold into the creasing of the skin and blend in with the tissue in the labia minora (inner vaginal lips).
How soon can I return to work?
Most patients are able to return to work one to two weeks after surgery. Your doctor can provide you with a more accurate timeline depending on your personal healing progress.
When can I resume exercise and engage in sexual intercourse?
Strenuous activities, including exercise, should be avoided for at least three to four weeks after surgery. In addition, it may take six to eight weeks until it is safe for you to engage in sexual intercourse. Do not resume any physical activities until cleared by your doctor.
To learn more about labiaplasty, including whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Barach. Contact his Albany plastic surgery practice by calling (518) 346-3125 or sending us an email today.