What Does the Labiaplasty Recovery Process Look Like?

After childbirth, you might feel disappointed by the resulting changes to your body. If you’re contemplating having a mommy makeover, you may wish to add another popular procedure to help you firm up after childbirth: vaginal rejuvenation, also known as labiaplasty.

What Is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that improves the appearance of the female genitalia by reducing the size of the labia majora or minora, which are the lips that surround the vagina. The result is a more youthful, comfortable, and balanced appearance where the vulva looks more rejuvenated, with the labia minora no longer protruding outside the outer vaginal lips.

Whether elongated or oddly shaped labia are creating physical or emotional discomfort, Dr. Leonard Lu can restore your sense of femininity and self-confidence. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. As a labiaplasty specialist, Dr. Lu has helped thousands of women get their pre-baby bodies back and restore their confidence.

What Do I Need to Know About My Labiaplasty Recovery?

The labiaplasty procedure takes less than two hours, and for your complete recovery, you’ll need to keep specific lifestyle adjustments for at least six weeks while you heal.

In summary, these are the main factors to keep in mind:

  • Labiaplasty recovery is usually not painful, but you may be sore for three to five days. Some labiaplasty patients experience tenderness for up to two weeks.
  • For at least a full month after your labiaplasty, avoid strenuous exercise.
  • Avoid the risk of tearing by abstaining from sex for six weeks after having your labiaplasty.

Labiaplasty Recovery Should Not Be Painful

Most women experience a degree of soreness and swelling for up to five days after their surgery. To maximize comfort, you’ll have prescription painkillersm which you should start taking before your anesthetic has worn off.

Try to spend the first week resting comfortably in bed, only getting up when necessary. Keep cool compresses on hand to reduce the pain and swelling.

Plan to Take at Least One Week off Work

Since most activities will be painful, take at least one full week off work and your everyday activities to help you rest and recover. Since the tissues of the labia majora and minora are extremely delicate, avoid strenuous exercise for at least a full month after your labiaplasty.

Abstain From Sex for Six Weeks

The amount of friction involved in sexual activity creates a significant risk of tearing. To ensure complete healing and to reduce the risk of infection, you’ll need to avoid sex for six weeks after having a labiaplasty.

Expect Mild Soreness for Weeks or Months

Scar tissue can take a long time to heal fully – usually between six months to one year. It’s normal for this type of tissue to become slightly inflamed during the recovery process, causing minor discomfort. If this happens, apply a cool compress to the area. If you experience severe soreness, redness, or inflammation, you should see your doctor immediately to rule out the possibility of infection.

Booking Your Labiaplasty Consultation With Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery

To learn more about labiaplasty and your recovery from the procedure, contact us online at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Vernon Hills, IL, or call 847-367-8815. Arrange a free, virtual consultation, and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have about your procedure.