The vaginoplasty procedure – also known as vaginal rejuvenation or vaginal tightening – takes between one and two hours for a surgeon to perform. Like most surgeries, total vaginoplasty recovery requires weeks, not days.
You should fully recover from your vaginoplasty surgery within six weeks. If you have given birth vaginally, you may find the healing process somewhat similar.
Most normal activities – with one crucial exception – are generally resumed before that time. That crucial exception is probably why you decided to have this surgery, but it is well worth the wait.
Once out of surgery, a woman waits in the recovery room and undergoes monitoring for an hour or two to make certain no complications develop. She must arrange for transportation home.
Even though most women may start driving again within a week, vaginoplasty is a surgical procedure involving light general anesthesia and pain medication and the patient cannot drive herself.
Expect pain and swelling. Frequently icing the area helps reduce swelling and bruising. The doctor will prescribe pain medication for the first few days after surgery. Beyond that, most women are fine with over-the-counter pain relief drugs.
During vaginoplasty recovery, women should use only pads and liners during their menstrual period – no tampons. Basically, nothing should go into the vagina during this six week recuperation time, and that includes douching. To avoid rubbing, wear only loose-fitting cotton underpants.
During the initial month of the recovery period, women must stick to showers and stay out of the bathtub or hot tub. Swimming is also out of the question until the doctor clears the patient.
Women who suffer constipation or strain during defecation may benefit from using stool softeners or consuming a high fiber diet. Some prescription pain medications cause constipation, and the resultant straining can harm the incisions.
Certain medications and supplements may increase the risk of bleeding and bruising, so women should avoid them for at least a few weeks before and after surgery. These include:
Prior to surgery, a patient must tell the doctor about any medications she takes. During recovery, it is possible that a substitute drug is recommended.
Most women can get back to performing light exercise two to three weeks after vaginoplasty. Strenuous exercise should wait until week five or six, and some forms of exercise, including cycling and horseback riding, may need further postponement.
Ideally, a vaginoplasty patient should take at least a week off from work. Most women can return to relatively sedentary employment after that time, but jobs requiring a lot of physical activity may need additional time away.
Since most women undergo vaginoplasty to improve their sex lives and gratification, resumption of intercourse is a primary concern. Unfortunately, women will have to wait at least six weeks before resuming sex.
It is essential that the vagina heals properly, so avoid any sort of vaginal sexual intercourse for that six week period. The doctor will give the go-ahead for the patient to resume vaginal sexual activity after an examination.
If you would like more information about vaginoplasty or vaginoplasty recovery, call the offices of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation.