What to Expect During Labiaplasty Recovery
Labiaplasty, also known as labial reduction, is an outpatient procedure that can be completed in a single visit to Dr. Franckle’s surgery center with anesthesia helping to minimize any pain during the procedure. While this is a relatively ‘easy’ procedure, it is normal to have questions or concerns about the recovery process once you return home. Here’s what to expect and when you will be ready to plan that summer trip to the beach post-recovery.
The First Few Days
Once the local anesthetic wears off, patients are advised to use an ice pack in the surgical area to reduce swelling and provide comfort. Feminine pads can be used to absorb blood and discharge. Dr. Franckle will instruct how to use any prescribed medication for pain management.
Swelling and Bruising
Some swelling and bruising can be expected in the next few weeks. Ice wrapped in a clean, soft cloth or a cold compress will help reduce swelling and pain.
Cleansing the Area
After giving the incision site two full days to heal, patients can resume normal bathing. Keep the area clean with soap and water, and a sitz bath once or twice a day can also help. Stinging may occur while urinating. If so, urinate in the shower or pour warm water over the area when using the bathroom.
Wear Loose, Airy Clothing
Always wear loose and airy underwear, shorts, and dresses while healing. Friction from taut underwear, thongs, swimsuits, and anything tight is certain to rub against and irritate the treatment.
Abstain From Sex
Do not insert anything—including tampons—into the vagina during recovery. The only exception is estrogen cream, which should be used daily to accelerate healing and regenerate new skin. Any sexual activity in the surgical area must be suspended for at least one month. Dr. Franckle generally schedules a post-surgery follow-up one month after the procedure, so patients will have a better idea of their healing progress at that time.
Daily Activities & Work
For the first week after surgery, avoid activities like vacuuming, lifting children, or carrying heavy objects. If comfortable and able to do so, driving is fine. Depending on progress, patients may be able to return to a sit-down job after a few days. Patients can usually resume normal daily activities after a month, and the full recovery after labial reduction will be completed after four to six months.
If you’re interested in learning more about labiaplasty and the recovery timeline, please call William Franckle, MD, FACS at 856-772-6500 or fill out our contact form to schedule your consultation. William Franckle, MD, FACS serves patients across the Voorhees and Philadelphia areas with face, breast, and body surgical procedures and non-surgical services.