What To Expect During Labiaplasty Recovery

What To Expect During Labiaplasty Recovery | Houston Plastic SurgeryLabiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that involves the reshaping and reduction of the labia minora or the outer lips of the vagina. This procedure is becoming increasingly popular and has several benefits, such as improving the appearance of the labia and enhancing sexual function. However, like any other surgical procedure, it requires a recovery period for proper healing. Female board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kristi Hustak, provides labiaplasty to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas.

What is Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce and reshape the labia minora, the thin and delicate folds of skin that surround the vaginal opening. This procedure is usually performed for cosmetic reasons, to improve the appearance of the labia or to correct asymmetry. However, it can also be performed to address discomfort or pain during sexual activity or physical activities such as cycling.

The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation, depending on the patient’s preference and the surgeon’s recommendation. During the procedure, the surgeon will make small incisions in the labia minora and remove the excess tissue. The incisions are then closed with dissolvable sutures.

Procedure

Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure, meaning that the patient can go home the same day. The procedure usually takes one to two hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation, depending on the patient’s preference and the surgeon’s recommendation. During the procedure, the surgeon will make small incisions in the labia minora and remove the excess tissue. The incisions are then closed with dissolvable sutures.

What To Expect During Labiaplasty Recovery

During the first few days after surgery, patients may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the surgical area. This is normal and should subside within a week or two. The surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage the pain and antibiotics to prevent infection.

Patients are advised to rest as much as possible in the first few days after surgery and avoid any strenuous activity. This includes exercise, lifting heavy objects, and sexual activity. Patients should also avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing or underwear to reduce friction and irritation in the surgical area.

Patients may experience some bleeding or discharge in the first few days after surgery. This is normal and should subside within a week or two. The surgeon will provide detailed instructions on how to care for the surgical area and what to do in case of any complications.

Tips for a Smoother Recovery

To ensure a smoother recovery, patients should follow their surgeon’s instructions carefully. Here are some tips for a smoother recovery after labiaplasty:

  • Rest as much as possible in the first few days after surgery and avoid any strenuous activity.
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing or underwear to reduce friction and irritation in the surgical area.
  • Use ice packs to reduce swelling and discomfort in the surgical area.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed by the surgeon to manage any pain or discomfort.
  • Follow a healthy diet and stay hydrated to promote proper healing.
  • Attend all follow-up appointments with the surgeon to monitor the healing process and address any concerns.

Patients should follow their surgeon’s instructions carefully and take steps to ensure a smoother recovery. With proper care, patients can expect to have a successful and satisfying outcome from their labiaplasty procedure. Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kristi Hustak, provides labiaplasty to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas.

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