How Can Labiaplasty Massage Increase the Risk of Infection?

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Labiaplasty: recovery process and massage

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The specific risks and suitability of these procedures for each individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk.

Massage after several weeks and being seen by your doctor can help firm tissues soften.
 Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare. These can include infection, bleeding, (hematoma) , separation of the incision, changes in sensation , pain, increased sensitivity, unsatisfactory cosmetic results

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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If done improperly yes.

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Massage after labiaplasty is generally not needed if the operation is done well in the first place. Massaging too early can increase the wound breakdown and infection rate so I do not generally advise it in my patients. I would only do this if your surgeon recommended it.


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John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon

Labiaplasty massage

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Labia minora reduction is a technique to remove excess labial tissue. The suture used to repair the labia are typically small and delicate and theoretically, early massage could disrupt the sutures. After 2-3 weeks, though, massage should not be a problem and will not cause and damage or infection. I typically don't tell my patients to massage the tissue since the incisions heal very well with almost no scarring. I hope this helps.


Daneil A. Medalie, MD


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I am unaware of a direct relationship. The only issue is if the incision is still healing, then aggressive massage could disrupt the edges of skin and leave an open wound. That could possible get infected. I do not have patients massage after surgery

Labiaplasty Massage?

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Thank you for the question.

The labia minora reduction procedure is a patient pleasing operation with scars that  generally heal nicely.  Massage of the labia minora reduction incision line is not something I  routinely ask patients to do. Therefore, I am not aware of an increased risk of infection with massage of the area. 

Best wishes.

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