Unlike a vaginoplasty that focuses on the actual vagina, a labiaplasty aims to remove any excess tissue around the inner vaginal lips.
For some women, excess tissue can be embarrassing and affect their self-confidence in intimate situations but in other cases, it can actually cause pain and discomfort on a daily basis when it rubs against clothing.
Labiaplasty: How Can It Help?
A labiaplasty can be used to remove and reshape any excess tissue around the labia. This is a procedure that will require a general as well as a local anaesthetic but the results are well worth it.
Labiaplasty has become a very popular procedure amongst women of various ages and if you are considering it yourself, here are a few things that you might want to know.
- Questions and Answers about Your Labiaplasty Recovery
- Is there a way to speed up the recovery process?
To speed up your recovery, it helps to be as inactive as possible in the days following your procedure. A cold compress can be used to treat any swelling and cooling pads that contain hazel witch can be used to address any discomfort and itching, which is common after your labiaplasty. It’s best to speak to your surgeon about what you can to alleviate discomfort and accelerate your recovery instead of deciding on a solution yourself.
- How long will I need to deal with the itching and swelling?
Itching and swelling are two side effects that all patients of Brisbane labiaplasty specialist, Dr Justin Perron, will experience after their labiaplasty. In most cases, any swelling will be at its worst 2 days after your surgery and will gradually subside in the weeks that follow. You will also experience itching for about a week after your surgery, which is a good thing because it means your skin is healing. If for any reason the area itches for longer than a week, it’s best to speak to your doctor as it could be a bacterial infection. Allergic reactions to the medication can also cause itching.
- When will I be able to be active again?
Most labiaplasty patients are able to return to their usual fitness routines 2 weeks to one month after their procedure. In terms of sexual intercourse, you may need to wait 6 – 8 weeks to ensure that your scars are strong enough. You can speak to your surgeon about this after your surgery.
- What can I expect my labiaplasty scar to look like?
Following your labiaplasty, dissolvable stitches will be used to close the incisions. Once the stitches dissolve 3 – 4 weeks after your procedure, any scars will blend in naturally with the labia minora tissue because of the folds and wrinkles that are already present. In most cases, not even a gynecologist will be able to tell that you had the procedure. The scar tissue that forms will first become firm before it becomes softer so know that this is completely normal.