One of the most commonly performed procedures in our practice, a surgical labiaplasty is a procedure with high satisfaction and relatively short and straightforward recovery. Board certified Urologist and our women’s wellness expert, Dr. Shaya Taghechian, loves seeing great outcomes in her labiaplasty patients and recommends patients closely review and follow post-treatment instructions for the most predictable healing course. Dr. Taghechian recently shared her recommendations for both getting ready for and recovery after labiaplasty.
1. Prepare well
“As a surgeon, I am not a fan of surprise,” says Dr. Taghechian, “and I want my patients to have the most smooth, surprise-free treatment and recovery.” To this end, Dr. Taghechian recommends patients prepare for their labiaplasty procedure by studying their pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions, and ensuring they have everything they will need after labiaplasty ready at home. “Tylenol, antibiotic ointment, your favorite music—it’s a great idea to have everything you will need double-checked and ready for your labiaplasty recovery,” says Dr. Taghechian.
2. Cut down on bruising
A variety of foods, medications and supplements—including aspirin, Advil, vitamin E, and fish oil—thin the blood, increasing the risk of bleeding during labiaplasty and bruising during recovery. Dr. Taghechian reviews your medications and supplements during your consultation, and recommends stopping all elective blood-thinning medications at least 7-10 days prior to labiaplasty surgery. Please tell us about all the vitamins and supplements you take, and review carefully the extensive list of blood-thinning medications to avoid which is a part of the pre-treatment instructions. Likewise, consider taking Arnica and Bromelain supplements, which help decrease inflammation and bruising, before and after labiaplasty; you can find these online or pick them up in our clinic.
3. Keep cool
Cool compresses help minimize swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Dr. Taghechian feels cool compresses are most important in the first 3 days after labiaplasty surgery, and should be applied to the treated area every 1-2 hours while awake. Keep the cool compresses coming, but do not apply ice directly to the skin, she cautions.
4. Keep the incisions clean
It is important to clean fresh labiaplasty incisions frequently in the immediate post-treatment period, to decrease crusting and the risk of infection. Dr. Taghechian recommends using a peri bottle full of tap water to rinse the incisions after using the restroom and at least twice daily. Do not soak the treated areas for 6 weeks after your labiaplasty. Avoid pool, lake, and ocean water for 3 weeks after treatment.
5. Focus on healing
Your body needs extra energy to heal after surgery. Support your body by eating plenty of nutritious and scrumptious food; drinking plentiful water; managing discomfort with a proactive regiment of Tylenol and Motrin; and listening to your favorite music—which studies show to improve healing.
6. Itching is common and very normal
Immediately after labiaplasty, the labia may be partially numb; this numbness resolves over a few months after treatment. As tissues heal, the sensory or feeling nerves reconnect within them; this healing commonly leads to sensations of itching, electrical “zings,” and even crawling on the skin. Numbness, intermittent tenderness, and itching are all normal sensations during labiaplasty recovery; know to expect them, and know that they will resolve.
7. Keep a positive outlook
A bit of uncertainty and remorse is not unusual after most elective surgeries. “I want you to be excited about your outcome,” says Dr. Taghechian. “The hard work of making the decision to seek treatment, proceeding with the consultation, and getting ready for surgery—all this hard work is done, and so many positives of a more comfortable and confident you are ahead!” Please contact us if you have any questions, worries, or uncertainties about your labiaplasty recovery, and look forward to great treatment results.
Preparing for and recovering after labiaplasty require careful attention to detail and effort—which pays off in a smooth recovery and great treatment results. “My staff and I are invested in your excellent outcome as well as a positive experience,” says Dr. Taghechian, “and I want to do everything possible to ensure these during your labiaplasty treatment.”