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Labiaplasty Recovery

The labiaplasty procedure is relatively quick, but recovery takes a while. For an effective recuperation, it is critical to take the doctor’s advice regarding labiaplasty recovery. You do not want to damage your incision and prolong recovery time, or risk infection.

While you will feel better within a few weeks, it can take four to six months to completely recover from labiaplasty.

Pain Medication

Labiaplasty is surgery, and patients may require prescription pain medication for a day or two afterward. After that, over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should relieve pain. Icing the area regularly helps reduce swelling and discomfort.

The doctor may advise applying an antibiotic ointment on the incisions several times daily.

Tips to Help Recovery Along

Here are some easy-to-follow tips to help facilitate your recovery:

  • Bathing: Avoid bathing or swimming after surgery until the doctor gives the okay. During this timeframe, which usually lasts a few weeks, take showers instead.
  • Clean After Urinating: Have a spray bottle of water handy to cleanse the vagina after urination. This spraying also helps relieve stinging from urine splashing onto the incision.
  • No Tampons during Menstrual Periods: During labiaplasty recovery, use menstrual pads rather than tampons during a period. The doctor will inform patients when it is appropriate to start using tampons again.
  • Avoid Tight Clothing: For the first two weeks after labiaplasty, stay away from tight and/or thong underwear. Invest in some loose, cotton panties until healing is further along. By the same token, avoid wearing any tight pants or shorts. It is essential to ensure the area is not rubbed by clothing until sufficient healing occurs.

Returning to Work

Most women can return to work within two to five days post-surgery, depending on their type of employment. Women who work in an office or more sedentary type of job may return sooner.

Those whose work involves more physical activity may have to wait up to 10 days before returning. Discuss all physical aspects of the job with the surgeon prior to labiaplasty.

Exercising Again

Wait approximately a month before engaging in any strenuous exercise. Ask the doctor about a timetable for performing lighter workouts. Go out walking as soon as possible, as it reduces swelling and is easy, low-impact exercise.

Certain types of exercising, such as riding a horse or bicycle, are put on hold. It may take two or more months before a patient can get back in either type of saddle.

Sexual Activity

This is the toughest abstention, but it is crucial. Do not engage in any vaginal sexual activity until at least six weeks after surgery. It does not matter whether or not a woman feels “fine” in less time. Premature vaginal intercourse can cause damage, so it is important to wait.

The doctor will advise the patient when it is safe to resume intercourse. The good news is that sexual pleasure is enhanced for many labiaplasty patients once healing has taken place.


Most patients do not have any serious issues during labiaplasty recovery if following the doctor’s recommendations. Patients dealing with any of these problems should call the doctor immediately:

  • High fever
  • Infected incision
  • Reactions to medication
  • Severe pain
  • Bleeding from the incisions that does not stop

Contact Dr. Jacobson Today

If you have questions concerning labiaplasty or labiaplasty recovery, call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s office today and arrange for a consultation.