Everything you need to know about healing from surgery of your intimate parts (labiaplasty)Leave a Comment »
Labiaplasty continues to be a trend-setting contender in the surgical arena, according to the latest statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
How do you prepare for this surgery?
Be comfortable that you have chosen the right surgeon for your procedure
Choosing the right surgeon to perform your surgery is the first step to success. Choosing an experienced surgeon who can discuss your goals with you and come up with a plan that is aligned with your desire is critical. Heading into a surgical procedure with a calm mind and positive attitude will help with your healing and increase your chances of a successful outcome.
Make sure you ask your surgeon all questions that come to your mind during your consultation.
Prepare the essentials that you need for the surgical after-care
Being prepared with the essentials for labiaplasty healing prior to the procedure is important. Some of the postoperative care we provide at Ong Institute are:-
These are used early on in the healing period to help reduce swelling, bruising, and pain. Dr. Ong recommends 15-20 mins every hour for the first few days after surgery. We find that patients that follow this have less swelling, less pain and heal quicker.
Growth factor cream:
If resurfacing of the labia, is done the use of topical growth factor creams can aid in healing. Other topical creams such as estrogen and numbing cream are also used to help with healing and pain.
Ask your surgeon if there is an option of injectable growth factors from your blood, platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) to help you heal better.
Ask your surgeon if Exparel™, a long-acting numbing local anesthetic that lasts up to 72 hours can be used during your surgery. This helps reduce early discomfort after surgery.
Supplements and medications
Itching is the main concern after the first week. The use of over-the-counter antihistamines such as Benadryl or natural supplements to reduce the itching can be very helpful. Topical Benadryl creams can also help..
Stool softeners. Avoid straining after surgery with stool softener use.
Wear loose comfortable clothing
Wear loose comfortable pants or clothing to wear after surgery. Tight pants are not advisable. Prepare your home and make arrangements for help during the recovery period.
Get things arranged around the house so that you can recover: make arrangements for your children, prepare food in the fridge. Don’t expect to drive for 3-5 days.
Here are the postoperative instructions that we use at Ong Institute.
Don’t be alarmed by the way it looks
Don’t be alarmed by the way the area looks. After a labiaplasty surgery, your anatomy is going to look really bad! Swelling and bruising can scare anyone. Do not worry, the “Frankenstein vagina” is only temporary. This is the number one worry factor for all patients after this procedure.
Follow your postoperative instructions And contact your surgeon if you have any questions.
Get things arranged around the house so that you can recover:- make arrangements for your children, prepare food in the fridge and arrange for help around the house. Don’t expect to drive for 3-5 days.
Follow the postoperative instructions given to you by your surgeon. Take medications as instructed. If you have any questions, reach out to your surgeon. They will be the best resource to help you after your procedure
Depending on how much surgery was done, healing may be different from one person to another. On average, full healing is 6 weeks, but most people are back to work or school after 7-10 days.
This intimate surgery done right can be a very satisfying procedure for women.
- Improve self-confidence in appearance
- Allow women to perform the activities that they enjoy
- Allow women to wear the clothing that they want
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