Labiaplasty

1. After surgery, women may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which usually disappears completely after 1-2 weeks. The labial incisions usually heal quickly and are rarely noticeable.2. After the procedure you will wear a panty liner. The sutures dissolve so there is no need for physical removal.

3. You are advised to avoid vigorous exercise for 2 weeks and vaginal intercourse for 4 weeks.

4. A daily bath or gentle shower ensures quick healing which is usually complete within two weeks. Follow up visits will be scheduled to check on your progress. This will depend on the individual patient however recovery is quite rapid – a week after surgery you should be able to return to work, and be able to resume normal activity after 2-3 weeks.

5. After labial reduction surgery you will feel tired and sore for a few days. Get as much bed rest as possible during the first week after surgery.6. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by prescription medication.

7. In the first week after surgery the area is likely to be swollen and bruised. An ice pack (or bag of frozen peas) can be used to alleviate the discomfort and reduce the swelling. The sutures dissolve so there is no need for physical removal.

8. Urinating may be uncomfortable for the first week after surgery. This burning and stinging sensation can be eased by pouring lukewarm water from a jug over the area whilst urinating.

9. A daily bath or gentle shower ensures quick healing which is usually complete within two weeks.

10. Loose underwear should be worn for the first two weeks. After the procedure you wear a panty liner. Tampons should not be used during the first six weeks.

11. Penetrative sex should also be avoided during the first six weeks.

12. Follow your surgeon’s advice on when to begin exercises and other normal activities. By six weeks after surgery you should no longer be sore. In this particular area the scars are always very inconspicuous.

How can you prepare at home before surgery?

• Unless you have someone who can cook for you, you should shop for food and treats such as prepared meals, frozen dinners, puddings and such. You can also cook a few meals ahead of time and freeze portions.

• Instead of heavy 2-litre bottles, buy bendable straws and canned drinks.

• Clean your house – or have it cleaned. You are not going to be up to housecleaning for at least a few days after your surgery, and probably longer.

• Take out the rubbish, recycling, etc. so you don’t have to worry about it when you get home after your procedure.

• Do all your laundry and change the sheets on the bed.

• Make a ‘Things to Do’ list (pay bills, change thermostat settings, errands, feed the pets, whatever) to remind your significant other what needs to be done.

• Purchase all of your medications, vitamins and bandages beforehand so that you have them ready.

• Place all medications either in a weekly pill case or in labelled containers. Mark the containers with the day and time you need to take them.

• Ask a friend or neighbour to look after your pet until you’re on your feet again.

• Have a table by your bed or reclining chair prepared with all of your medications, ample light, bottled water, a few packages of crackers, remote control (with new batteries!) and your phone.

• Have a night light set up so you don’t fall during late night bathroom trips. Medications can make you disoriented.

• Get some extra blankets, since you may get the chill>s after surgery.

• Place anything you usually need on a daily basis at hip level or on counters so that you don’t have to reach up or bend down. This means canned and dry goods in the kitchen and toiletries in the bathroom.

• Have your dressing gown and slippers nearby. Get slippers with non-slip soles, since you will be a bit unsteady on your feet for a few days.

• You may want ‘black out’ shades or curtains at your windows so that when you do get to sleep – regardless of the hours – you can stay asleep.

• If you think television, video games, or reading are eventually going to bore you or stress your eyes, have a CD or tape player on hand with your favourite relaxing music.

• Put crockery, cups and other frequently used items in easy-to-reach places.

• Have lots of pillows on hand.

Contact your surgeon immediately if you:

a) Experience shortness of breath, chest pains or unusual heart beats.

b) Notice any signs of infection.

c) Experience bleeding.

d) Experience a sudden increase in pain.

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