Labiaplasty wound care and instructions

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These may be useful in taking care of your labiaplasty after surgery. You should always consult with your surgeon.

1.      You can expect:
·        Black and blue discoloration for 2-3 weeks.
·        Swelling can be severe and distort the labia making them seem significantly larger. This can last several weeks.
·        Mild to moderate discomfort which should be alleviated by prescribed pain medication and ice.
·        Bloody drainage for the first 24 hours.
·        Itching sensations.
  1. Please call your physician if you experience any of the following.
·        Pain not relieved by prescribed pain medication.
·        A sizable difference in the amount of swelling or pain on one side compared to the other.
·        Any other questions you may have following your procedure.
  1. When in bed you may want to place some towels down first to absorb any potential drainage and protect you bed sheets. Wear loose clothing.
  2. Cleanse wounds after each bowel movement by using the shower head as previously described and the peri wash bottle. Use warm water NOT hot, as hot water can cause you to bleed more.
  3. Use Dermoplast spray as needed for additional pain relief.
  4. Sutures may be absorbable but may cause itching. This may be relieved by applying a small amount of antibiotic-petrolatum ointment (Neosporin, Bacitracin, Polymixin, etc.) at least 3 times a day. If persistently irritating, sutures can be removed after 10-14 days.
  5. No driving while medicated.
  6. Avoid any activity that may raise your blood pressure.
  7. Expect a small amount of drainage from incisions especially for the first 24 hours. You may need to place a small absorbent pad over the incisions until this subsides. Call the office for excessive drainage saturating many dressings.
  8. The incisions may be raised and red and feel lumpy for several months, this is normal.
  9. IMPORTANT! KEEP WANDERING HANDS AWAY FROM SURGICAL INCISIONS! We know you’re anxious to see your results, BUT this tissue is very fragile and sutures can be easily separated or torn with your fingers! You may LOOK but DO NOT TOUCH!

 I hope this helps!

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Chicago Plastic Surgeon