Everyone wants to feel confident and comfortable with their body. However, women with large or uneven labia may feel self-conscious or uncomfortable when partaking in everyday activities or more intimate activities such as intercourse. Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the labia for improved comfortable and a boost in confidence for an overall improvement in well-being. Read on to learn more about this procedure and what you should and should not do following surgery for the best possible results.
Labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to alter the size or shape of the labia minora. Women who are born with large or uneven labia, or those who are unhappy with their labia following pregnancy or aging. Large labia can cause discomfort and self-esteem issues in those living with them. Not only can they cause clothing to feel uncomfortable, but taking part in certain physical activities and intercourse can also become uncomfortable. Labiaplasty can reduce the size of the labia minora for improved symmetry.
Following labiaplasty surgery, swelling, and discomfort is to be expected and can be controlled with over-the-counter (OTC) medication or prescription medication. Cold compresses can help to reduce swelling and reduce pain. Most patients can return to work in about 2-4 days depending on the nature of the job. Regular physical activities and sexual intercourse can be resumed after 4-6 weeks. For the best possible outcomes, it is vital that you follow the aftercare instructions provided to you by your surgeon.
To ensure optimal results, it is important to properly care for the treatment site. Following labiaplasty surgery, proper hygiene is important. It is recommended that patients use lukewarm water with no soap to wash the wound. Your surgeon may also have you take certain medications or recommend a specific diet to prevent constipation and straining which could break your stitches. It is also important to gently wipe or dab the area after urinating, as the surgical area will be tender.
Following this procedure, is it vital that you follow your surgeon’s recommendations regarding physical activity. Partaking in strenuous exercise, sexual activity, or physical activities such as swimming and running too early can lead to complications with the recovery process and less-than-desirable results. Patients should also avoid smoking following this procedure, as smoking can impair the healing process and lead to unwanted complications.
If you are interested in learning more about labiaplasty and if this procedure is a good match for you, please contact K Plastic Surgery in Latham, NY today to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Kayastha. During this appointment, Dr. Kayastha will determine if this procedure is right for you and create a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.