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How Long is Recovery from a Labiaplasty?

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Ginger Lizardo, RN

A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure aimed at restoring your natural feminine contours after pregnancy, childbearing, or menopause. The procedure can help improve the aesthetic appearance of your vaginal lips and labia for a renewed sense of self-confidence. Like any surgery, you’ll be able to facilitate a smooth recovery with careful planning after a labiaplasty.

Dr. Brady Harris is a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon. He has helped numerous women achieve their optimal feminine wellness with vaginal rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Harris meticulously uses his advanced knowledge and skillset to produce exceptional results with the least amount of downtime possible.



Preparing for Your Labiaplasty

You may be surprised to learn that there are things you can do before your surgery to improve recovery times. Set yourself up for success by eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting a good amount of sleep. The healthier you are before your procedure, the smoother your recovery will be.

Aside from getting in your best shape possible, it is a good idea to adequately plan enough time for yourself to heal. Dr. Harris generally recommends taking at least one week off work. More strenuous activities should be postponed for several weeks or until your scars are fully healed.

What to Expect from Your Labiaplasty

Labiaplasties are done as an outpatient procedure in our state-of-the-art surgical center in Nashville, TN. The procedure is done under IV sedation or general anesthesia and is generally well-tolerated. After a short observation period, you’ll be able to recover in the comfort of your own home.

You can expect to have some tenderness in the pubic region for the first several days of recovery. Prescription medications will be provided during this time to keep you more comfortable. Icing the treatment area is also a good idea to keep swelling and inflammation to a minimum.

After about a week, you’ll start to feel more like yourself. The results from your surgery will become more evident and you can start to incorporate tasks from your normal routine into your day. However, it is important to remember to listen to your body. Pushing yourself too hard too soon can prolong the healing process and put you at risk for unwanted scarring.

How Long is Full Labiaplasty Recovery?

Labiaplasties are highly customizable. The procedure may involve addressing the labia minora (inner lips), the labia majora (outer lips), or both. Each labiaplasty is as unique as the woman getting it. Full recovery can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for 6-weeks.

Your recovery time depends on the complexity of your individual procedure, as well as your body’s natural healing process. Dr. Harris will provide you with a full list of post-operative instructions based on your specific surgery and lifestyle. Closely following these instructions is the best way to enjoy a smooth recovery.

The staff and Dr. Brady are amazing! Extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Very very very happy with my results!!

Take the Next Step

Ready to learn more about labiaplasty? Schedule your in-person consultation with Dr. Harris at Image Surgical Arts today. Simply fill out the contact form on this page or give us a call or text at (615) 499-4224.

*Individual results may vary.