What happens if you engage in sexual activity before the recommended six weeks after having had labiaplasty? Is it a dangerous risk to take?
Sexual Activity After Labiaplasty?
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Labiaplasty takes full six weeks to fully heal. Until then there is a risk of wound breakdown
Labiaplasty, like any other surgery, takes full 6 weeks to properly heal. Any area of the body, whether it's labia or any other part, goes through a standard healing process. Your body works to heal itself and and wound (surgical or accidental) slowly gains strength. It takes about 6 weeks for a wound to be healed well enough to withstand typical stresses such as pressure and shear. Before six weeks, if you are involved in a sexual activity, pressure or shear could rip apart the healing edges.
You've spend the money to get the surgery done, don't destroy your results because you're impatient
The time to sexual activity depends on how well the surgical wounds have healed and the technique used.
The earliest possible time is at three weeks. I usually see my patients two weeks following surgery and at that point I can tell them if the area has healed adequately in order to return to exercise and sexual activity.
Sexual activity early after Labiaplasty might be dangerous
The method of your surgery makes a difference here as does your healing capacity. One of the things you get with a good surgeon is post-operative care, and in this light I individualize things for patients letting them return to "gentle" activity when things look right. Early vigorous sex should be postponed a while especially in "Wedge" patients. In “Trim” method patients early activity would probably hurt more early on, but they have less risk of ripping things apart.
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Sexual activity after labiaplasty
The technique utilized may play a role in this. For example, the "wedge" technique may be more prone to tension than the leading edge resection.
In general, almost any wound needs approximately 3 weeks of healing to achieve satisfactory wound strength to tolerate shear and stress forces and avoid wound separration. There are numerous precations one can take when returning to sexual activities and these include:
- A brief course of massage to the repaired labia to encourage scar maturation as well as diminish hypersensitivity.
- Liberal use of lubricants to minimize labial friction.
- Gentle and slow, manually guided penetration to avoid or minimize tension on the repaired labia.
- Alternative methods of coitus which prevent labial distortion or tension (other than penile or mechanical penetration).
Generally pain in one of the best indicators of your ability to return to normal sexual activities.
In a review of 50 paitents, we found that although we allowed them to engage in sexual activities at 6 weeks, many were hesitant and did not feel comfortable until 8 weeks.
Depending on your own unique wound healing status, sexual activities prior to 6 weeks may on one hand, have few consequences or have dire results such as wound separation or hematoma. If this is a concern, return to your physician prior to resuming sexula activites and inquire about the condition of your labia.f
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You risk early wound separation following labiaplasty if you engage in sexual intercourse too soon.
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Sexual Activity after Labiaplasty
I typically have patients refrain from vaginal intercourse for six weeks after the procedure. The labia skin is very soft, similar to your lips and gums and thus heals very well. However because the tissue is soft it is easy to open part of the incision early in the healing period if intercourse is started prematurely.
Waiting a couple extra weeks will allow you to achieve the results that you desire and are able to enjoy for years.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.