While every woman will experience a slightly different recovery process after their labiaplasty procedure, the following timeline can help you prepare for what to expect:
The majority of your swelling and discomfort will be experienced during this time but can be controlled with prescription pain medication issued by our physicians and the use of an ice pack. Patients should plan to take the first several days off work to rest and recover at home. Loose clothing and underwear should be worn during this time to eliminate any friction that could irritate the incision sites.
Swelling will begin to subside towards the end of the first week of recovery. Itching is normal during this time as you heal, but if itching is severe or persists longer than one week, you should see your doctor as this could be a sign of a bacterial infection. While you’ll likely feel well enough to return to work at the end of the first week, you should continue to take it easy and avoid exercise.
After 2 weeks, your swelling, itching, and general discomfort should be diminishing and you might begin to see the results of your procedure. During this time, light activity can be resumed, but anything too strenuous or that could put pressure on the incision sites such as biking, horseback riding, or sexual activity should be avoided. Tampon use should also be avoided until you are completely healed.
At 3-6 weeks after your procedure, you’ll likely be almost completely back to your normal daily routine and exercise routine. However, you should still avoid biking, horseback riding, sexual activity, and tampon use until you are after the 6-week point. At 6 weeks, patients report feeling more confident with the results of their labiaplasty procedure with improved labia size, shape, and symmetry.
Always ask a Gawley Plastic Surgery staff member first before adding any movement or activity that you aren’t sure about during your recovery. They will make sure you have all the instructions and post-op information you need to ensure a successful recovery process. To learn more about labiaplasty recovery, contact our office today.
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