A labiaplasty is a great way for Houston women to gain more self-confidence in their bodies as well as improve their sexual experience. If you’ve decided to have this procedure under the care of Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett, you’ll soon have firsthand experience of its benefits. To ensure your recovery goes smoothly and to maximize your results, utilize the following tips as you heal.
1. Take Pain Prevention Measures
It is common to experience some discomfort after a labiaplasty, so make sure you have some preventative measures ready. Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett usually recommend over-the-counter pain medications to control unwanted aches. However, using an ice pack can also reduce inflammation and swelling to help you feel better.
2. Avoid Baths or Swimming
You need your incision to stay dry so it doesn’t get infected, so this means you’ll need to avoid baths or swimming. Even your showers should be kept short, and you’ll want to pat the area dry immediately after you’re done. Make sure you keep your dressings dry as well and change them promptly if they get wet.
3. Avoid Sex
Your labia need time to heal, and having sex will definitely interfere with this process. It can rip open sutures or even cause the wound to bleed. Therefore, avoid intercourse for at least six to eight weeks after the surgery (your doctor will let you know when you’re cleared for sexual activity at a follow-up appointment at our Houston office).
4. Rest at Home
You may be tempted to get back to your normal routine as soon as possible, but your body needs time to heal, which means you should limit your activities. Ideally, stay off work for at least a week so your body can focus on making repairs. This doesn’t mean you want to be completely sedentary; taking short walks is crucial to the recovery process because it minimizes the chance of blood clots forming.
5. Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing
Recovering from a labiaplasty means you get to enjoy a comfortable wardrobe. This includes loose-fitting underwear and pants, as tight clothing can irritate your wound and prevent it from healing quickly.
6. Utilize Pads on Your Period
If you’re unlucky enough to be on your period during your recovery from labiaplasty, you’ll want to rely on pads and liners as your method of feminine hygiene. Tampons can cause irritation to the area, so you’ll definitely want to avoid them.
7. Look out for Signs of Infection
It’s rare, but some patients do experience an infection after the procedure. If you notice any of the following signs, get in touch with our Houston office right away:
- Wound discharge
- Extreme pain
- Increased swelling
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If you follow these recovery tips, it will increase your chances of getting amazing results that will boost your self-esteem and help you feel more comfortable in your own skin. When you’re ready to take the next step and get started on your path to a new you, give us a call at 713-467-0146 to schedule your consultation in Houston.