Labiaplasty, or vaginal rejuvenation, reduces the length and size of the labia minora. Whether you choose this surgical treatment for cosmetic reasons or to reduce discomfort, knowing what to expect during your labiaplasty recovery can help ease your mind and make the recovery process easier.
Your First Few Weeks
After your labiaplasty procedure, don’t expect immediate results. In all honesty, be prepared for the area to look worse before it looks better. The tissue in this area of the body stretches, so this makes the possibility of significant swelling very likely. You can help reduce swelling and relieve mild discomfort with a cold compress applied for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. You will also have pain medications to help ease discomfort.
A small spray bottle filled with water is often beneficial for keeping the area clean as well as easing discomfort. Dr. Nein will provide you with full instructions to best care for your incisions.
Movement during the first week may cause discomfort, so take some time to stay off your feet and relax. Most women can return to work after the first week and resume an exercise program within 4 weeks. Follow all of Dr. Nein’s post-operative care instructions to support your recovery time.
Hold off on Sexual Intercourse
While the swelling starts to go down after the first couple of weeks and things may look and feel “normal,” your body is still healing. So, it’s best to abstain from sexual intercourse for at least 6 to 8 weeks after a labiaplasty procedure. The friction and movement during intercourse can open the scars and create complications. Dr. Nein will let you know when you can resume more vigorous activities. Once you get the green light, you’ll be set to go!