Labiaplasty is a personalized procedure to improve the appearance of the labia. The procedure can also help with physical discomfort due to enlarged labia, or it can be included as part of gender-affirming treatment. While the procedure is safe, the recovery is an important consideration for patients.
Dr. Ravinder Jarial offers labiaplasty for patients in West Palm Beach. Here, he discusses what patients can expect during labiaplasty recovery.
The best time to prepare for your labiaplasty recovery is prior to surgery. You should make sure that you have adequate time and a comfortable space for your recovery. You should ensure that your resting spot has easy access to a bathroom, your phone, food, and water.
You should plan to have a close friend or family member drive you home following the procedure. If you have children or pets, you may need to have someone help you with their care on the day of the procedure and for the first few days following the procedure.
Almost immediately after the surgery, you will be able to go home. You may experience some bleeding and swelling. You will be prescribed anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications. It is important that you take these medications as directed. It is also important that you rest as much as possible.
You will be focused on resting and healing for the first few days following surgery. This involves taking medication and applying cold compresses to help with swelling and inflammation. You will also be focused on reducing the risk of infection by keeping the area clean and taking care while urinating.
By the fourth or fifth day after surgery, you should be able to walk around a little. You should also notice that your skin is healing and that your labia is beginning to look like it should. Depending on how the procedure was performed, you may need to have stitches removed. Most surgeons prefer stitches that dissolve.
After your first week, you should feel much improved. You should notice that any pain and swelling has significantly reduced. You should continue to take medications as directed.
At this point you may begin to move around more. However, strenuous exercise and sex should still be avoided during the second week.
You should continue to feel better and notice improvements. You should feel less tender and more comfortable sitting and walking. You will most likely be able to return to gentle workouts but should check with your doctor first.
Most of your recovery occurs during the first six weeks. However, you should still be gentle with your body as you gradually return to your normal routine.
Dr. Jarial is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and The American Osteopathic Association and is an associate member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has extensive labiaplasty training and experience. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Jarial at Ultra Aesthetics by calling (561) 249-0390.