Labiaplasty is the surgery that corrects any anatomical problems in a female’s reproductive organ, particularly a protruding or asymmetrical labia, which creates significant discomfort or pain. Therefore to remedy the problem, this surgical procedure was introduced in order to remove any excess skin or protrusion, and to balance out any asymmetry. The results can give a woman better comfort, more confidence and an improved sexual life.
However, part of the success of a labiaplasty procedure is how the recovery process goes about. This boils down to how you manage in order to heal the wounds faster, and for your labia to fall into better shape. So, here we give you helpful tips to make your recovery process easier which would eventually result to a desirable outcome.
1. Immediately after surgery you may start to feel pain as the effects of anesthesia slowly wears off. To relieve this you can apply cold compress above the surgical area. This will also reduce the swelling which usually occur around this time. It is important to keep the cold compress on for 24 hours as you rest.
2. You would need to use a sanitary napkin to avoid soiling your underwear because some amount of bleeding will be expected. The pad will also serve as protection or cushion for the surgical site.
3. For pain, the surgeon will be prescribing you with pain medications which you will be taking according to the instructions given.
4. Antibiotics will also be prescribed in order to prevent any opportunistic infection, especially since the area can be rather difficult to keep sterile. Infection can also lead to delayed healing, therefore follow the schedule accordingly for optimum results.
5. It is best to wear light and loose clothing to prevent any irritation on the area.
6. You can shower on the second day after surgery, but do not use a soap to clean the surgical area as of yet. This will only irritate the site and cause some burning sensation. However, it will be safe to use a mild soft or a gentle feminine wash on the third day onwards.
7. Wash the area properly after you urinate and then pat it dry gently to prevent moisture and bacteria from thriving. Bacitracin ointment may also be prescribed, and this is what you apply on the incisions after cleaning the area.
8. A stool softener can help prevent you from straining too much during bowel movement. Doing so can also be painful on your surgical site.
9. As soon as the dissolvable sutures are gone you may feel some itch on the area. Be very cautious not to scratch it because this might cause a break in the integrity of your skin, which is a good portal of entry for infection.
10. Recovery entails that you take it easy on yourself for a few days. This means avoid any strenuous activity, though you may be able to return to normal routine or work within 3-5 days, but make sure to avoid any stress. Do not lift or strain since this can actually affect the surgical site.
11. Sexual intercourse should be put off for at least 6-8 weeks after your labiaplasty procedure to ensure that your wounds are totally healed.
12. If ever you notice something unusual, such as increased bleeding, abnormal discharges, temperature elevation or aggravated pain, immediately inform your surgeon because this can be a sign of infection.