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.
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.
Here are some easy-to-follow tips to help facilitate your recovery:
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.
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.
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:
If you have questions concerning labiaplasty or labiaplasty recovery, call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s office today and arrange for a consultation.