Postoperative procedure after labial reduction or labiaplasty recovery – is the period that addresses a common plastic surgery procedure of overhanging excess tissue of the labia minora. Labiaplasty recovery roughly takes up to 10 days for most women, during which time they may feel slight pain, discomfort, burning sensation, and swelling of the processed area. 

Like any other surgical procedure, labiaplasty recovery time requires downtime and your doctor will typically recommend avoiding any physical activity, intimacy, or even walking for the first 2 days. Recovery from labiaplasty procedures is straightforward and most women return to their normal activities at 2-4 weeks.

How long does labiaplasty recovery time last?

When it comes to labiaplasty recovery time, usually women swell for the first couple of days, and then the swelling subsides. Next, they may have some itching for that first week, and during this period patients should stay in close contact with their doctor. 

Some itching during the first week is normal, but if it persists, we need to rule out an infection or a medical reaction, that is why the closeness of a doctor is important to keep a close eye on your recovery after labiaplasty.

Post labiaplasty day-by-day recovery

  • Day one: Immediately after the surgery, the patient is allowed to go home, and prescribed some of the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications. Usually, the postoperative part of the labiaplasty recovery is followed by some bleeding, but the meds will stop the hemorrhaging.
  • Day two and three: On this day you will already be able to see the bleeding subsided. These are the days that you normally apply the “icing” technique that will also help with the pain, but mostly, the coldness will stop further swelling and it suits the inflamed skin
  • Day four and five: Although still feeling a little tired, on this day you could start walking around just a little. On the fifth day, you will notice that your vagina is beginning to look normal again and feel the skin healing.

Don’t stop with the “icing” non-stop and take the antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to prevent any type of potential infection.

  • Day six and seven: on the 7th day it is usual to go to remove the stitches. It will feel better once you have removed it, and the healing will speed up.

Post labiaplasty recovery week by week

  • The second week of post-labiaplasty recovery time: As the first and the most “dangerous” week has passed successfully, there is nothing less but to proceed with medications and light exercises.  

The icing is not as necessary as it used to be but you are still not in full capacity for more intricate exercising or intimacy. Noticeable swelling, when exposed to high intensity, will be enough to show you that.

  • The third week: Seeing continual improvement, you will be able to sit a lot more comfortably now, move around even more, and be a lot less sensitive or tender. Starting day 16, you can get back into more of an active workout routine (if you are used to it).
  • The fourth to the sixth week of labiaplasty post-op recovery: The tender skin and easy moving will be more of a usual experience now. You can get back to the usual activities but bear in mind that your body will need the whole six-week treatment to get fully recovered.

Labiaplasty recovery tips for getting through the pain

The feeling of discomfort is the most common problem in the time of postoperative labiaplasty recovery pain when most women experience painful or itchy “lady parts”, especially when their labia get wrapped in underwear, sitting or even wearing normal (mostly tight) everyday clothes.

Besides following all the labiaplasty post-op instructions provided by your surgeon, attending all the follow-up appointments, and taking the prescribed medications, there are some pain-relieving labiaplasty recovery tips that could help you go through the days more seemingly.

  1. Elevating the area – this will help you find the right position when resting but also helps in stopping the blood vessels from stretching.
  2. Using cold compresses – this therapeutic sort of massage can help to lower the temperature in the affected part of the body while reducing pain and swelling but avoid keeping the cold compress on the area longer than 15 minutes in a row to avoid skin damage.
  3. “Icing” the area – applying ice to an injury restricts blood flow to the area, which can result in reducing swelling and inflammation.
  4. Refrain from any form of penetration until cleared by your surgeon or until the tissue is completely healed. You should also use pads or liners, avoiding the usage of tampons.
  5. Wear loose-fitting underwear and bottoms.
  6. Instead of wiping with toilet paper, irrigate the area with warm water to avoid unnecessary touching.
  7. Use a doughnut pillow when sitting during the first week to minimize the pressure.

What do scars look like after labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty recovery timeline does eventually result in the creation of scars stemming from incisions made along the labia. The scar after labiaplasty recovery time is usually minor and so inconspicuous in the natural folds and wrinkles of the vagina. The surrounding labia tissue does such a good job of hiding it that even your gynecologist may not notice it properly.

Two most commonly asked questions about labiaplasty recovery

Although many women are very satisfied with the outcome of their procedure, there are, of course, many questions yet to be answered on this topic. Some of the main concerns involving the “trim method” or labiaplasty recovery you could find in the following paragraphs.

How long should I wait for my labiaplasty revision?

Before undergoing a revision, the labiaplasty recovery timeline should take about 6 to 12 months. This should be enough time for the vagina to completely heal. Undergoing another surgery should also wait for at last until your body is ready for it.

What type of aftercare should I be doing if any kind of yeast-like fungus is conceived?

If you notice that your labiaplasty healing time is conceiving thrush or continual itchiness or that the swelling doesn’t minimize, you have to contact your surgeon’s office immediately. As well as the labiaplasty healing time is different for every woman – also every surgeon performs the procedure a little differently. Therefore your doctor should be the one instructing you about the different aftercare.

Note that perineal care must be used to keep the area clean. Strong baths, foams, and gels should be avoided until the business and swelling are resumed. Sprinkled clean water, herbal teas, or mild gels are your best friends now.

Labiaplasty is a way to help women feel good about themselves at their most intimate moments by improving the aesthetics of the female organs. If you’re interested in labiaplasty Boca Raton and Dr. Ress, and his team at liv Plastic Surgery, are here to provide you with great results that will have you feeling and looking your best.

Dr. Andrew Ress, M.D.

Dr. Andrew M. Ress, a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience, practices in Boca Raton, Florida. As the founder of [liv]® Plastic Surgery, he specializes in facial plastic surgery and body contouring. Dr. Ress is also a pioneer in skin health, introducing the [liv]® AI SkinScreen, an advanced AI-powered tool for proactive skin cancer screening. Educated at Cornell University and the University of Miami, with residencies at the Mayo Clinic and Indiana University, Dr. Ress is committed to excellence and innovation. Recognized as one of Boca Raton’s Best Cosmetic Surgeons, he is dedicated to patient-centric care and cutting-edge technology.