In this article, we try our best to explain how you can best prepare yourself for the recovery period following labiaplasty in Arizona. Knowing how to care for your incisions following the procedure will make your recovery much smoother and less painful, figuratively and literally.
Day 1-2: The day after surgery, expect your vaginal area to be quite swollen. The skin over your clitoris may be bulging as well, even though no cutting was done in this area. Absolutely do not expect them to look “normal.” The tissue down there can stretch significantly. It may look alarmingly swollen. It may look even “worse” than where you started due to swelling. Don’t freak out!
Applying a cold compress to the area will help with pain relief and swelling. Avoid keeping the cold compress on the area longer than 15 minutes at a time. Take your pain medication before you feel the pain to get a head start.
Mild blood-tinged drainage is normal after having a labiaplasty in Arizona. You may have some stinging with urination. Using a spray bottle filled with water to squirt on the incisions as you urinate will dilute the urine running over your incisions and take away the sting. Additionally, it gives the added benefit of cleaning the area after urination.
Day 3-7: Expect that the swelling may get a bit worse before it gets better. Do not be concerned. Keep using the spray bottle with urination to give pain relief and to clean the area.
You should continue to take your pain medications and apply ointment as directed by your surgeon. You may continue to ice as directed if your surgeon has approved this. Friction from your underwear or more fitted clothing may cause discomfort. Ointments and pain medication should be used as directed by your surgeon.
The good news is after the first week, everything starts to feel less intense, and although you may still have pain and discomfort it will be nothing like the past week!
Day 8 and Beyond: You should start to see the light at the end of the tunnel about now with all your symptoms starting to dissipate. The pain will be a lot less. You will still have some swelling and tenderness. At day 7 or 8 after your labiaplasty in Arizona, you will visit your surgeon again for a checkup and have stitches removed.
The wounds will heal quickly and should be sealed within a few days. It is very important that you maintain a high standard of hygiene in order to keep the area clean and free from any infection. You should use a sanitary napkin to keep the area clean and to prevent any rubbing.
Showering twice a day and spraying the vagina with water after toilet visits will keep the area nice and clean and will help speed up your recovery following a labiaplasty in Arizona. The wounds, if not treated properly, can weep and make the incisions take longer to heal, increasing the risk of infection.
You will need to wear loose underwear for two weeks in order to prevent any rubbing. You will also have to abstain from sexual intercourse for four to six weeks and use sanitary napkins instead of tampons for around the same amount of time.
Other everyday activities can be resumed once you feel ready. This is usually a couple of weeks after the procedure. The healing will not be totally complete until about two months after the surgery.
If you want to know more about recovery from labiaplasty in Arizona – or if you would like to know if you are a candidate for the procedure – call our office today to schedule a consultation.