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If you’re considering labiaplasty, you may be wondering what to expect afterward during the healing period. Even with the latest radio frequency techniques and tiny dissolving sutures, there will be some pain and swelling in the first few days. You will be better able to take care of yourself if you know what to expect

The First Few Days After Labiaplasty

Make sure you have enough loose clothing and cotton underwear to last several days. Be sure to take your prescribed medications and use the topical cream or ointment as directed.

Get up and walk—very carefully—as often as possible in the first several days. You’ll want to be especially careful moving around in the first few hours, since the local anesthetic means you won’t have any pain to tell you if you’re putting pressure on your labia. Wear a sanitary napkin or cotton gauze dressing to absorb any seepage from the wounds.

Irrigate your labia with fresh, lukewarm water and pat dry after using the toilet. If possible, expose the sutures to air a few times daily. Keeping the area as clean and dry as possible will get your healing off to a great start.

Six Weeks for Full Healing

After just a few days, much of your pain and swelling should be gone. Listen to your body; if certain positions, clothing or activities are uncomfortable, avoid them until your healing has progressed further.

You may feel completely healed in as little as a month. However, it’s important to wait at least six weeks before swimming, engaging in intercourse, wearing tight clothing or participating in any vigorous activities. Not waiting for complete healing puts you at risk of separating the sutured edges of skin, which will continue to knit together for some time after the stitches have dissolved.