Four Common Questions Women Have About Recovery After Labiaplasty
Do you have chafing and discomfort in clothing and intimate moments that make you self-conscious?
If so, you may be considering labiaplasty, a common plastic surgery procedure that addresses overhanging excess tissue of the labia minora. Typically several questions jump to mind when we explore a labiaplasty with our patients. Questions like: What is the typical time for recovery after labiaplasty? How much down time will I have? When can I get back to my active lifestyle?
I recently wrote an article titled “Four common questions women have about recovery after labiaplasty” for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons blog. In this article, I address the top questions patients ask me about labiaplasty recovery. My patients feel comfortable having this frank and sensitive discussion with me as a board-certified female plastic surgeon.
Recovery After Labiaplasty
If you’re interested in labiaplasty, I encourage you to read the full article on the ASPS blog. For convenience, I’ve summarized it here.
When it comes to labiaplasty recovery time, usually women swell for the first couple of days and then the swelling subsides. Next, they may have some itching for that first week, and during this period my patients stay in close contact with me. Some itching during the first week is normal, but if it persists, we need to rule out an infection or a medical reaction. Our follow-up visits allow us to keep a close eye on your recovery after labiaplasty.
Women also want to know what they can do to enhance their healing. I recommend elevating the area, using cold compresses and witch hazel pads as needed. My patients often wonder what the scar looks like after labiaplasty. The scar is usually so inconspicuous and naturally hidden in your folds that even your gynecologist may not notice it. Lastly, after plastic surgery, when can you return to your active lifestyle? Recovery after labiaplasty procedures is straightforward and most women return to their normal activities at 2-4 weeks.