Recovery from Labiaplasty
A few years ago, few people had heard of labiaplasty; now it seems to be all the rage, perhaps partly because of Hollywood stars getting the procedure, as they seek out a so-called "designer vagina." Fortunately labiaplasty is a fairly simple procedure, and recovery comes rather quickly. Let’s take a look at what is involved
While techniques differ among surgeons, many labiaplasty surgeries are done now without the need for an IV, epidural or general anesthetic. And the immediate post-operation recovery following the operation is quite minimal, with the say averaging 15 minutes or less. After the surgery is done, the effects of the local anesthetic will be felt for about two hours. Patients nearly always walk out the door comfortable, experiencing no pain.
After the local anesthetic has worn off, patients may use an ice pack to reduce swelling in the vulvar area, and also to provide some comfort. A feminine pad can also be used to absorb blood and discharge that the surgery has produced. Some patients might also find a Dermoplast spray helpful as a topical anesthetic.
All patients are prescribed some form of oral pain medication. This could be something such as Darvocet, Vicodin or Tylenol w/ Codeine, combined with an anti-inflammatory medicine like Toradol, Ibuprofen or Naproxen. Significant relief comes by combining a narcotic and non-steroid agent for pain.
During the first few days following the surgery, the patient should feel free to pamper herself. She should take a break and not do too much. She should know that you might have some discomfort, irritations and pain as her clothing rubs the surgical edges. For this reason, it’s advisable to wear loose clothing such as boxer shorts, sweat bottoms or dresses. She should definitely not wear any bikini bottoms or thongs or even tight jeans in these early days of recovery.
The patient should try to keep herself clean by using water and soap and doing regular sitz baths. A hand sprayer can be useful for keeping debris and discharge from accumulating in her vaginal area.
The patient should limit her activities for the first week to light work or desk-work. This would be a great time for catching up on hobbies, reading, or even favorite TV shows. She can walk short distances, drive, and cook, but she should avoid any strenuous work like vacuuming, carrying heavy items, swimming or gardening.
The patient should put nothing into her vagina, including a tampon, for the first few weeks. The one exception is estrogen cream. She should also avoid sex for 6 to 8 weeks.
Finally, for the first three months after the surgery, take a vitamin daily to ensure proper nutrition. Make yourself eat and drink healthy during this time as well (and for the rest of your life). In a matter of weeks to possibly three months, you’ll find yourself returning to normal, and able to resume normal activities. In the end, the time recovery will be worth it as it results in a new, more vibrant you.