Labiaplasty Surgery & Recovery
- Swelling peaks at day 2-3 and then slowly improves
- After 2-3 days, most patients can do light activity
- No exercise for 2 weeks
- No sexual intercourse for 6 weeks
Labiaplasty has rapidly become a popular procedure over the last decade. This has been due to the improved surgical techniques and awareness. The procedure addresses the labia minora that can be large congenitally or enlarge after childbearing.
Labiaplasty is chosen for a number of reasons, but primarily, it’s as a solution for pain caused by the twisting and tugging of the labia. When the labia minora is large, it can cause this type of discomfort and pain during certain activities like riding a bike or during intercourse.
However, some women select this procedure to simply resolve general itching and irritation or to improve the overall appearance of the vaginal area as well.
Ideal labiaplasty candidates are healthy women who are no longer planning on having children and desire genital rejuvenation.
The Labia Surgery Procedure
Labiaplasty reduces the labia minora, causing them to no longer hang below the labia majora. This procedure can be completed to reduce asymmetry – when one labia is longer than the other, or to shorten both labia so that they do not twist, tug, or become exposed. The technique can be performed under local anesthesia and involves excising the redundant skin. These incisions are hidden and only absorbable sutures are used.
Our very own Dr. Daniel Butz will provide expert advice and consultation so you can decide if this procedure is right for you before committing.
Preparing for your Labiaplasty
You should stop any medication or supplements that are not essential for 10-14 days prior to your labiaplasty to decrease your risk of bleeding complications. Please refer to your list of medications to avoid and always check with your doctor prior to stopping medications.
Labiaplasty Recovery & postoperative planning
The recovery process following a labiaplasty depends on the individual. However, most patients take a week off of work to fully recover. Some swelling and pain is expected and best relieved with an ice pack and rest. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least 2 weeks and avoid lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk. Most people are able to resume all normal activities after four to six weeks. Be sure to speak with our staff about any recovery questions you may have.
The procedure can be performed in the office under local sedation or in an accredited outpatient surgery center with the assistance of an anesthesiologist.
Recovery Time: 2-3 weeks
How much does a Labiaplasty Procedure Cost?
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BEFORE AND AFTER
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How painful is labiaplasty recovery?
Everyone recovers a little differently and prolonged sensitivity can occur. See your doctor to make sure everything is healing appropriately. Then scar massage and desensitization can help settle down any hypersensitive nerves. Labiaplasty recovery time can vary depending on the patient. Patients who have experienced childbirth often tolerate it better as they've been through the postpartum swelling before. Most patients have moderate pain for a few days. Icing and rest can help this significantly. The swelling peaks at day 2-3 and then slowly improves. After 2-3 days most patients can do light activity. No exercise for 2 weeks. No sexual intercourse for 6 weeks.
Do you offer the wedge procedure instead of trimming?
My preferred technique for labiaplasty is a central wedge resection. Every case is a little different and I do modify my technique when necessary. Some patients require clitoral hood reduction as well and this can be incorporated in with the central wedge quite nicely.
Am I able to do labiaplasty under local anastetic instead of general?
The procedure can be performed in the office or operating room. I leave this up to the patient. Some people are more comfortable in the operating room and want to be asleep or lightly sleeping. Others are fine with no sedation or just a little oral sedation. In the office, I use topical local anesthesia before the numbing injections to help decrease the initial injection pain. Once that is over, it is a very tolerable procedure. Performing it in the office is more time efficient for the patient and less expensive overall. Most importantly, consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience with labiaplasty. The majority of patients undergoing labiaplasty are very pleased with their results and wish they had done it years earlier.Read More