Undergoing labiaplasty surgery is an extremely personal decision, but once you’ve decided that the procedure is right for you, you may have some questions about what recovery from labiaplasty will be like. Fortunately, labiaplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure; both the surgery itself and the recovery period take a minimal amount of time compared to more invasive or involved surgeries.
To keep you reassured through every step of the way, we’ve prepared this list of 5 things you should keep in mind for your recovery from labiaplasty surgery as well as details about the cost.
Some Mild Pain After Surgery
The labiaplasty surgery will be performed with anesthesia, and you will feel little to no discomfort, but some mild post-op pain will most likely occur. It is surgery after all, and operating on a sensitive area like the labia will cause some discomfort. You will be given medication to help with your symptoms after your surgery, which you should take as instructed by your surgeon.
Swelling and Bruising Are Normal
It is perfectly normal—and almost guaranteed—that you will have swelling and/or bruising for a few weeks after surgery. If you experience discomfort while urinating, you can ease the pain either by urinating in the shower or by running warm water over the affected area as you pee. Additionally, icing the affected area can help reduce swelling (don’t apply directly to the skin—use cloth coverings). One side is always more swollen than the other.
Clothing & Feminine Hygiene
In order to minimize discomfort, you should wear loose-fitting underwear and clothing. Tighter clothing can result in rubbing, which will hurt and prolong recovery. Additionally, avoid using tampons during recovery. Make use of pads and liners until your doctor indicates otherwise.
Abstain from Sex
Yes, we know, you’re devastated. For six weeks following your surgery, you must, must, MUST abstain from sexual intercourse. After this time has passed, you may resume sexual activity as comfort permits, but consult with your doctor to be safe.
Before even undergoing the procedure, one of the most important questions women have about labiaplasty is how much the procedure costs. It’s important to note that a labiaplasty is a highly individualized procedure. No women’s labia are the same, meaning that even women who want the same end result can have a very different surgical path to get there. Some women may just need a bit of sculpting to provide a more symmetrical look, while others may need an extensive reduction of severe labial hypertrophy or even labial augmentation to add volume.
Due to these the multiple variables dependent upon patient desires, Dr. Brady isn’t able to quote an exact estimate for this procedure until after the initial consultation and physical exam. However, patients can expect to pay somewhere between $3,000–$8,500 for their labiaplasty. During the consultation, Dr. Brady examines the labia minora, labia majora and clitoral hood and, after a careful, detailed discussion with each patient, determines the final surgical aesthetic and functional results each patient desires. With this personalized information, it’s far easier to quote an exact fee.
Dr. Brady wants every one of her patients to be fully informed about labiaplasty, both with costs and the recovery process, in order to make every women feel reassured and properly guided through this experience.
While patients can usually return to work in as little as 2 to 5 days, the full recovery and results of your labiaplasty surgery won’t be complete until four to six months afterwards. And when it comes to cost, Dr. Brady also offers financing options so no woman’s financial circumstances holds them back from improving their life and health.
Be patient, follow all of Dr. Brady’s instructions, ask as many questions about the cost as you need, and you will be pleased with your results and how you were treated at Women’s Wellness Institute of Dallas!