Labiaplasty Recovery By Michael A. Devlin, MD on July 21, 2016

Labiaplasty Little Rock, AR

More and more women are seeking Labiaplasty surgery in Little Rock, Ar to reduce the size of their labia. While there is no normal size and shape when it comes to the labia, it may be a sill be a source of concern for many women. as with noses and breasts there is a wide range of what is considered normal but a large number of women present for concerns related to their noses and breasts. Likewise, many women seek consultation for Labiaplasty surgery in Little Rock, Arkansas with Dr. Michael Devlin for medical and aesthetic concerns regarding their labia.

Women seek Labiaplasty consultation from Dr. Michael Devlin in Little Rock, Arkansas for possible medical and aesthetic or a combination of the two.

Medical Reasons for Labiaplasty Surgery

Discomfort or irritation with tight pants, sports, cycling or other physical activities. In many instances, women are born with large labia; while others may develop the condition with childbirth or age.

Cosmetic Reasons for Labiaplasty

Self consciousness and self esteem issues and a desire for sculpting to achieve a better look for one’s self.

Labiaplasty is a surgery and there will be a recovery process to it.  The ultimate success of your surgery is partly dependent on your self care in the weeks after your procedure.  

Labiaplasty Healing in the Post-operative Period

Keeping Clean:You will be given a peri-bottle to take home with you. Rinse yourself well with your peri-bottle and gently dab (DO NOT RUB) the area with a Tucks (witch-hazel) pad or wet wipes after urinating or after a bowel movement.  Then apply a clean sanitary pad.  *Do not use toilet paper for the first five days as it can get stuck in your incisions.

Showering: Starting the day after your surgery, thoroughly rinse the area in the shower once or twice daily for the first five days.  Pat (DO NOT RUB) the area dry with a soft cloth or towel.  Apply a clean sanitary pad.  You may also use your peri-bottle for hygiene as needed.

Ice: You may use either a reusable ice pack, crushed ice in a Ziploc bag, or frozen peas in a Ziploc bag.  Cover with a washcloth or paper towel.  Place against the labia for 15-20 minutes 4-5 times a day for the first 48 hours to help with swelling and discomfort.

Controlling Pain: Take your pain medication every 4-6 hours as directed ALONG WITH the anti-nausea medication Zofran.  The pain medication has a tendency to cause nausea so it is important to take the Zofran every time you take a pain medicine along with some food.  Apply either Cu-3 cream or Aquaphor using clean hands.  Gently apply it to your incision two times a day for the first week.  For discomfort or itching, you may use Dermaplast spray as needed.

Shaving and Waxing: You should NOT shave or wax in the vaginal area until cleared by Dr. Michael Devlin at approximately one month.

Activites: For two full weeks after surgery it is extremely important to not do any heavy lifting, vigorous activities or exercising, including but not limited to, fast walking, excessive stair climbing, dancing swimming etc.  Sexual intercourse, biking and running should be withheld until cleared by Dr. Michael Devlin.  Use only feminine pads for your menstrual period for the first month after surgery.  Avoid “ups and downs”, excessive walking and any activity that will result in rubbing of the surgical area.

Bruising and Swelling: After surgery it is very common to be discolored(bruised) and swollen.  The appearance will change from day to day and may remain swollen, bruised, distorted in appearance with irregularities. Complete healing may take 3-6 months.

Avoid Consitpation: Pain medication can be a cause of constipation so therefore it is common to become constipated.  Try not to strain during a bowel movement.  Stay hydrated.  Begin taking Miralax 2 teaspoons once a day the evening of surgery. Continue taking Miralax as long as you are taking pain medication.

Additonal Post-Operative Care

In addition to icing and aquaphor, Dr. Michael may supply you with Sinecch. This is a natural herb that aids in swelling and bruising. It is extremely important to understand that Labiaplasty surgery is a "work in Progress." The visual appearance after surgery can change day by day but the final results may not be totally appreciable for up to one year after surgery.

When Can I resume normal activity after Labiaplasty surgery?

One month after surgery is when you can normally do all that you wish and you can get a pretty good idea how it will be and how it will look. However, it takes a full 3-6 months before you are fully healed and the labia assume its long-term appearance.

To learn more about Labiaplasty or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Michael Devlin call our Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Office at 501-227-8811 or fill out the contact information below.

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Dr. Devlin is a cosmetic surgeon who provides each of his patients with personalized care and a compassionate approach. He offers a range of procedures in an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable, and heard. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Pulaski County Medical Society

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