Every type of surgical procedure can be divided into three stages—the preoperative stage (the lead-up to the procedure), the intraoperative phase (the procedure itself) and the postoperative phase (post-surgical recovery). While the intraoperative phase arguably plays the most crucial role in achieving a successful surgical outcome, the importance of a well-managed recovery is something that cannot be underestimated.
Like any form of surgery, actively managing the recovery following labiaplasty can have a significant impact on the outcome and recovery timeline. If you’re planning a labiaplasty procedure, here are some tips to promote a fast and uncomplicated recovery.
It is common for patients to experience some mild pain following labiaplasty surgery. This can usually be managed by taking mild anti-inflammatory painkillers. It may also help to use ice packs to numb the area and assist with swelling.
While it is normal to notice some pain following a labiaplasty procedure, if you experience more severe or enduring pain, it’s important to seek immediate medical advice.
Like any form of surgery which requires incisions, infection can be a significant risk following labiaplasty. With symptoms which include fever, excessive swelling, discharge, pain and excessive bleeding, it’s important to take steps to avoid infection from occurring.
The most effective way to prevent infection is by using prophylactic topical and/or oral antibiotics. These should be prescribed by the surgeon and used as directed.
It’s also important to adopt proper hygiene practices to avoid bacteria from entering the wound. The treatment area should be kept clean and dry at all times. Avoid using soap on the wound/s, opt for showers rather than baths and wash after toilet use. You should also avoid touching the incisions.
A few adjustments to your physical activity can also have a significant impact helping your body to recover.
You’ll need to allow your body adequate rest during the initial recovery period, in particular during the first 2-3 days following the procedure. It’s also important to attend any post-procedure check-ups with your doctor—this will allow them to monitor your recovery and identify any potential issues early.
It can help to avoid sitting for extended periods, remaining in a reclined position as much as possible to minimise pressure on the treatment area. You may find using a doughnut pillow helpful to reduce pressure while sitting. Wearing loose-fitting underwear and clothing can also help to reduce rubbing or irritation. Good nutrition will also promote a fast recovery.
While most patients can return to work around one week following surgery, you’ll still need to avoid any form of strenuous physical activity including intercourse for at least one month. After the initial recovery period, you can gradually start to introduce some more moderate activities to your routine—when you’re ready, gentle exercise like walking can actually be beneficial helping to prevent blood clots.