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Labiaplasty Recovery - How Long Does It Take?

How long is the typical recovery period for Labiaplasty? What can I expect during the recovery period?

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The recovery for labioplasty is fairly easy.

I usually suggest that patients take 2 full days off work/school to decrease swelling.  During this time it is imporatant to stay off your feet and ice the area.  You may shower the day after surgery and wash well with soap.  Most patients need very little pain medication.  Usually anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen is enough and narcotics are not necessary.  I preform the surgery on a Thursday so by Monday most of my patients can return to school/work.  Healing is complete in two weeks and at that point patients can resume excercise. 

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Labiaplasty recovery 2-3 days off your feet, 1 month for exercise and sexual activity.

thank you for your question.  Following Labiaplasty of the Labia Minora or Clitoral Hoodectomy,I recommend 2-3 days of bed rest and staying off your feet to reduce swelling.Ice can help the first 24 hours.he may return to work after 4-5 days however avoid vigorous exercise for 3-4 weeks and no sexual activity for 4-6 weeks.

Labiaplasty recovery is short

Labiaplasty recovery is short... each patient has a different pain threshold.  Some are fine the next day, others can take up to five days to feel ok.  
I tell my patients that they will feel fine the next day but expect to walk like a cowboy for a week or so, and sitting down will be uncomfortable for about a week or so.  However it's nothing that should keep you at home in bed.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery from Labiaplasty, Vaginplasty

For external work (labiaplasty; reduction clitoral hood, superficial reconstruction of the vaginal opening…), you should really take it easy, mostly around the house, for 4-5 days, and, although you may return to relatively sedentary activities at work/home, you shouldn’t “push it” for another ~ 5 days. At 10-14 days after surgery (after your first post=op visit, and you are “cleared,” you may begin modest exercise, and return to normal basic activities. You may exercise fully at ~ 3-4 weeks, and climb back on your bike or lover in ~ 4-6 weeks after your surgery. (**This is for a "trim" or linear procedure.  Add ~ 25% longer for V-wedge. **)

There will actually be less pain than you may imagine, but there WILL be way more discoloration ("black and blue") and edema (swelling) than you think possible.  It can really look awful, and frequently for some reason the swelling is not equal.  The bad swelling usually lasts 5-7 days and then, day by day, it changes.  This truly is a "work in progress.." and you will not know how things will truly look for at least 4-6 weeks, and really it is 3-4 months at a minimum before things are totally healed and you will see how it truly will be.  My advice:  keep an eye on it for 24-48 hours to look for separations, bleeding, truly abnormal swelling, infection- but then do not mess with it or look closely every day or you will drive yourself and your surgeon batty! do not touch, tug, pull at it.  Let it heal...

For internal work (vaginoplasty; “vaginal rejuvenation”), the recovery is similar, but add ~ 5-7 days to everything. Do not go back to internal sexual intimacy until cleared to do so by your surgeon (usually 6-8 weeks after surgery.) Also, you may need a period of gently vaginal stretching prior to comfortable intercourse. And, don’t forget: this is the time to work on vaginal muscular strengthening exercises!

Labiaplasty recovery

Thanks for your question. Labiaplasty is a sensitive operation, obviously because of a delicate anatomy, and so many human functions related to that sensitive and intimate area. Typically, the first 2-3 days are the hardest with the most chance for pain, and that is what pain medications are for. I recommend to all my patients to resume daily activities and return to work as soon as is possible, typically after 2-3 days. Showering happens on the day after surgery, and all that is needed is a quick dab dry with a clean towel, some bacitracin application, and dry gauze. This happens daily and is an easy routine. Usually, i allow physical activity like exercise in 4 weeks, and intercourse in 6-8 week, depending of course on individual progress. Good luck and hope this helps. 

Labia minora reduction recovery

I ask my patients to stay in bed for two days after the labia minora reduction procedure with ice on the area. Most patients are able to return to work 3 to 4 days after surgery (not strenuous). Some swelling and spotting after the procedure is common and I asked my patients not to be concerned about the appearance of the area for the first month given that the swelling may cause unnecessary anxiety.

I also ask my patients to avoid horseback riding, bicycle riding, prolonged sitting, and sexual intercourse for approximately one month after surgery.  This timeline may change depending on how the patient is doing during the postoperative visits.

What to expect after Labiaplasty Surgery

1. You will generally need 3-4 days at home to recover.

2. Take Tylenol or the pain medication prescribed by your plastic surgeon to relieve your pain/discomfort. DO NOT take aspirin or ibuprofen because they can increase bruising and bleeding.

3. Shower the day after surgery.

4. Clean the incision site with hydrogen peroxide and put antibiotic cream/ointment on daily.

5. Your stitches should dissolve within 2-2 ½ weeks.

6. Swelling and tenderness should disappear within 6 weeks.

7. It will take between 6 months to a year before you will see the absolute final results.

Usha Rajagopal, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Labioplasty recovery about 3 weeks

Labioplasty recovery is about 3 weeks. By then all the wounds have healed provided no complications.

No sex for six weeks after the surgery.

These are general guidelines. However, during the recovery period meticulous care of the area is required. Check with your Plastic Surgeon for his advise.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty Recovery

Thanks for the great question -

In our San Francisco area practice we tell our patients that labiaplasty (for just the minora) tend to recover quickly.

We use dissolving sutures which typically are gone in a few weeks. There is usually a moderate amount of swelling for the first 2 - 3 weeks.

Usually patients can resume intimate activity at about a month.

I hope this helps.

Labiaplasty recovery is not too intensive.

  • One should avoid intercourse for 6-8 weeks following labiaplasty or reduction of the labia minor/inner lips.
  • Most swelling will subside in 3-4 weeks.
  • Most sutures will be present for the first 6-8 weeks.
  • Discomfort is usually minimal for the first week.

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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