So you’ve researched a lot about labiaplasty and you understand the procedure and what is involved. You may know that you want labiaplasty and you may know what is involved during the procedure but do you know what you should expect after the procedure? Like any other surgical procedure, labiaplasty requires downtime and as it is in such a sensitive area you may require some special care or some special precautions may need to be made before or after the procedure.
Dr Anh in Perth is a caring female plastic surgeon that has performed many labiaplasty procedures for patients that were unhappy with the appearance of the genitals. This is a common concern for women of all ages as there is always discussion over what is “normal” and what looks “pleasing”. Dr Anh stresses that when it comes to your vagina and how it looks there really is no normal or expected appearance, however, if you do feel self-conscious about your appearance then there is a surgical solution available to you.
Here’s what to expect after your labiaplasty
Labiaplasty is performed under general anaesthetic, twilight sedation or local sedation and is a 45-90 minute long procedure. After the procedure, you will steadily wake up or become more and more alert as you recover from the anaesthesia. You will not be able to leave until you are able to eat, drink and be fully alert. This includes walking without assistance to the bathroom. Once you are able to go home you will be required to have a friend or family member pick you up and take you home.
Minimising pain and inflammation
You will most likely be prescribed a painkiller that’s stronger than paracetamol. Many patients find that they don’t need to use these, or they only need to use them for the day following the procedure. Of course, we recommend adhering to the directions on the package while also assessing your own pain.
We recommend icing after the procedure to prevent inflammation – you can use an ice pack or even a pack of frozen peas for this!
You will most likely be staying in bed for the following 2-4 days after the procedure. Most patients only require 2 days rest after the labiaplasty procedure although to make sure your swelling is minimised some patients choose to take four days off. We recommend taking time off work on Thursday so that if necessary you can also take the weekend to rest.
Is bleeding after a labiaplasty normal?
Yes, you may experience some spotting after the procedure. During a couple of days after the procedure as well as directly afterwards we recommend that you wear a pad to protect your underwear. You can swap a liner when the spotting reduces (which normally happens after the first day).
Can I shower after having labiaplasty?
Yes, you will be able to shower after having the labiaplasty procedure. We recommend using a gentle heat during the first couple of days just to be safe and reduce irritation.
Can I exercise after labiaplasty?
Please don’t do physical activity directly after the procedure or while you are resting. We recommend walking as little as possible so that the area does not get irritated. You should only go back to your normal exercise routine approximately 2 weeks after the procedure – although if you still have inflammation then we recommend waiting longer.
When should I contact my doctor?
Some pain, inflammation and bruising are expected during the two weeks after the procedure. You should notice the intensity of this gradually improving over this time. If after the first week you feel that your pain has gotten worse then you may need to contact Dr Anh. If your pain or condition is still the same (not worse) then we recommend waiting another couple of days to see how you go. If you notice any puss after the first 2 days please contact your doctor.