Vaginal rejuvenation is a common procedure for many women after pregnancy, childbearing, and menopause. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that’s primarily aimed at improving the aesthetic appearance of the outer labia. The procedure can also address physical discomfort associated with elongated skin. With careful planning, you can facilitate a smooth and easy recovery after your labiaplasty.
At Longwood Plastic Surgery, Dr. Silver regularly performs the procedure providing her patients with successful outcomes. In many cases, labiaplasty can produce lifelong results that hold up well even after additional pregnancies. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions regarding recovery after this specialized surgery.
Do I Need to Stay Overnight?
Nope! The procedure generally takes about 1-2 hours and is done either in our state-of-the-art surgical suite, an outpatient facility, or hospital. Dr. Silver performs this procedure on an outpatient basis, so you will be able to go home the same day.
Will I Be in a lot of Pain?
Most women feel uncomfortable in the first few days following their surgery. Prescription pain medication and anti-inflammatory medications will be provided during this time. Ice packs can also be utilized to reduce pain and swelling. You’ll also be given oral or topical antibiotics or a combination of both to prevent potential complications.
How Should I Clean the Area?
A warm water rinse is recommended after each bathroom visit. Avoid traditional soaps which can be irritating throughout the first 5-10 days of the healing process. Gently pat the vulva area clean and dry before applying fresh bandages. Dr. Silver will provide you with in-depth information at the time of your consultation.
When Can I Return to Work?
That depends on your individual surgery as well as your profession. In general, women who have non-strenuous jobs can return to work in about one week.
When Can I Exercise?
More strenuous tasks such as exercise should be kept to a minimum for two weeks or more. In some cases, you may not feel comfortable for up to four weeks. The most important thing is to listen to your body.
What About Intercourse?
Sexual intercourse should be avoided for at least six to eight weeks after your surgery. This will help promote healing, minimize scarring, and prevent infection. Once scars are fully healed you can return to sexual activities.
Is Vaginal Rejuvenation Right for Me?
That’s a question only you can decide. If you’re bothered by stretched or elongated labial skin that’s causing physical discomfort, vaginal rejuvenation might be worth considering. A labiaplasty can reduce the size and improve the shape of the labia minora after pregnancy or menopause. Dr. Silver will discuss your aesthetic goals at the time of your consultation and help customize a treatment plan that will effectively meet them.
Such an unbelievably professional experience. Always feeling welcome and supported by all the staff. I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone seeking any kind of cosmetic or plastic surgery.
Take the Next Step
Would you like to learn more about Labiaplasty? To schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call (617) 383-6250 and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Longwood Plastic Surgery will reach out to you promptly.
Longwood Plastic Surgery serves Brookline, MA and the greater Boston area.
*Individual results may vary.