Cosmetic procedures are growing in popularity. And with chemical peels, Botox injections and nose reshaping comes a much more private type of procedure that is also getting plenty of attention. Labiaplasty, rejuvenating the labia with injectable fillers or via a lift, surgeries jumped by 39 percent in the year 2016, according to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons.
If you're considering this procedure, what can expect in the post-procedure period? Take a look at what you need to know about labiaplasty after-care.
Even though the goal of your procedure may be to reduce the size of the labia, you may find that this area swells directly after surgery. It's completely normal to have some degree of swelling for the first few weeks after your labiaplasty. Swelling may cause discomfort, especially when urinating.
What can you do to minimize swelling and reduce the effects on your body? Using ice packs can help you to heal and eliminate some of the discomfort. Never place ice directly against your bare skin. The surgical area will be sensitive. Use ice packs over your underwear or other light clothing.
While it's ideal to schedule your labiaplasty when you won't have your period, sometimes you can't control Mother Nature. If you get your period (whether it's expected or unexpected) directly following your procedure, avoid tampons or any other menstrual device that requires insertion.
Unless your doctor says otherwise, use pads during your first post-procedure period. Pay close attention to keeping the area clean. This means changing the pad often. Avoid douche, specialized 'cleansing' products or wipes that contain fragrances, dyes or other potential irritants.
Surgery and Sex
The swelling and discomfort that comes immediately following a labiaplasty procedure may make abstaining from sexual activity easy. But if it doesn't (or you only have minimal irritation after the surgery), it's likely that your doctor will still recommend waiting. Waiting six weeks, before engaging in sexual intercourse, is standard after this type of surgery. If you have concerns, anxieties or discomfort when it comes to restarting your sex life, talk to the doctor.
Activities to Avoid
Going back to your spinning class immediately after your labiaplasty isn't exactly advisable. Strenuous activity or physical activities that would increase vaginal irritation (by excessive rubbing) are no-no's during the healing process. Talk to your medical provider about when you can return to your normal fitness routine before going back to the gym, resuming your daily jogs or taking any exercise-related class.
Always pay attention to what your body is telling you during the post-surgical time. If something doesn't feel right, you have excessive itching or you aren't progressively getting better, bring your concerns to the doctor immediately. Your medical provider is here to help you heal and give you the best results possible from your labiaplasty procedure.