Dr. Shaya Taghechian and our staff are strongly invested in both a smooth treatment and uncomplicated recovery for our patients. We work with you before and after your labiaplasty treatment to ensure that you are comfortable with the treatment plan and are thoroughly educated about the best before and after treatment care.
We recommend reviewing the Pre- and Post-Treatment Labiaplasty instructions several times prior to and after your treatment. We want to provide you with the information and tools you need to have an excellent treatment experience. Please contact our office should you have any questions or concerns about these instructions, your preparation for surgery, or post-treatment recovery. We are here to help!
TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS: SURGICAL LABIAPLASTY
Please read and familiarize yourself with these instructions before and after your labiaplasty. By following them carefully you will assist in obtaining the best result from your surgery. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our office.
Labiaplasty Pre-operative Instructions
Shave the treatment area completely 2-3 days prior to the procedure.
Do not take any anti-inflammatories or multivitamins starting 7-10 days prior to your procedure (see list of anti-inflammatory medications below). Avoid alcohol 48 hours prior to and 48 hours after your procedure.
Have available for post-surgery recovery:
– Plain Tylenol, Motrin
– Plain Benadryl
– Peri bottle (provided in the office)
– Aquaphor or Vaseline or Neosporin antibiotic ointment
– Aloe Vera gel
– Ice packs
– Your favorite music playlist, great books, and the latest and most entertaining Netflix offerings
Immediate Labiaplasty Post-operative Instructions
Immediately following labiaplasty you should remain as flat as possible for the first week.
Apply ice packs to the treated area every 1-2 hours for the first 72 hours while awake, placed over a thin minipad. Ice packs should never be applied directly to the skin. Using ice packs for the first week as much as possible will greatly help your healing process, and reduce the amount of post-operative swelling and discomfort.
It is normal to have swelling and bruising of the labia. This will resolve over the next 2 weeks.
Let soapy water wash over the incision sites at 24 hours after treatment. Do not scrub. Then apply antibiotic ointment to the incision points twice daily for one week. Tiny scabs may appear during the healing process. Please do not pick at the scabs.
Use a peri bottle (clear plastic bottle provided for you) to clean the treated area with warm water after using the restroom; avoid wiping, as this can cause discomfort and bleeding. Use the peri bottle for 1-2 weeks after treatment.
Limit physical activity and exposure to excessive heat (including fires) and UV light for 2 weeks.
Avoid swimming and submerging in water the treated areas for 6 weeks after treatment.
Do not shave the treated area for 2 weeks after treatment.
The surgical dressings can be removed anytime they are saturated and then replaced with a sanitary napkin or maxipad. There will be bloody or blood-tinged drainage for a minimum of 1- 2 weeks following your labiaplasty.
Apply antibiotic ointment to the incisions twice a day for 14 days. Please apply a thin coating only. Excessive amounts of ointment are not necessary.
You may switch to an Aloe Vera ointment after 2 weeks.
Take Ibuprofen 800mg every 8 hours with food for the first 3-5 days after treatment. This can be alternated or combined with 2 regular Tylenol (325mg) every 8 hours. Both medications will help to reduce swelling and decrease your overall need for stronger pain medications.
Most patients will experience relatively minor discomfort after a labiaplasty. However, some patients do experience moderate to severe swelling that can cause much discomfort. Diligent post-operative application of ice packs may reduce swelling thereby reducing pain.
Patients who experience minimal swelling and bleeding should be able to resume sedentary work activities within a few days, resume light exercise at one week, and have no restrictions after 2 weeks (following your postoperative visit).
Patients with more excessive swelling and discomfort may want to limit their activities until they feel comfortable and gradually progress to their normal activities.
No intercourse for 6 weeks post-procedure.
As a general rule, you may resume sexual activity 6 to 12 weeks after surgery. This is totally patient-dependent. We will let you know when you are sufficiently healed.
Healing of sensory nerves
The skin of the labia may be partially numb for several months while the wounds are healing. Permanent numbness is very rare.
Call us at 678-974-8435 (even outside normal office hours) if you have:
• Significant bleeding from the surgical site
• A fever over 100.4° F within the first three days following the procedure
• Significant pain in the area that is not relieved with pain relievers
• Drainage from the site or redness around the surgical site
NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS (NSAIDS) TO AVOID
You should not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Tylenol is the only over the counter pain reliever that should be used. This is an alphabetical list of common NSAIDS to avoid. This is not an all-inclusive list.