A labiaplasty is a relatively simple procedure intended to reduce the amount of labial tissue, otherwise known as the vaginal lips, in an effort to decrease discomfort and create a more pleasing aesthetic of the vaginal area. Women may have different reasons for getting the procedure done, but everyone considering a labiaplasty surgery will benefit from knowing how to prepare for their procedure. Here are a few of the things you should know before going into surgery and some excellent tips to help you prepare for your labiaplasty procedure.
First steps prior to surgery
First and foremost, you should consult with an experienced and qualified surgeon that you can trust. The surgeon will help you decide which type of labiaplasty method is best for you.
After you’ve decided on the most appropriate method of labiaplasty for the best results then your surgeon will likely go through a list of things you should or should not do prior to the surgery. Be sure to go over the list and ask any questions you may have beforehand. The list from your surgeon will likely include the discontinuation of smoking and certain medications, vitamins, and supplement use prior to the surgery.
Your surgeon will also perform a physical exam, discuss your medical history, and you will need to fill out the proper paperwork, including insurance information. Be ready with this information when you go in for your appointment. Once you’ve gone through these preliminary steps you will be ready to prepare yourself for the surgery itself.
Preparing for the time following your surgery
You should be given detailed post-surgery instructions as well, but here are some additional tips to help you prepare for the time immediately after the surgery and the days that follow. Preparing for the surgery requires some planning ahead to make things easier during the recovery period.
You will want to make this as easy and comfortable for yourself as possible. This means doing housework beforehand, taking time off of work, or enlisting a helping hand to care for your children or pets. Often times the recovery period is quick, but it still helps to make the healing process go by smoothly. You should wear comfortable clothing following the procedure. Loose fitting clothes such as sweatpants and cotton underwear are good choices. Pick up any prescriptions you’ll need beforehand so you won’t have to get them while you’re recovering and feeling any discomfort. The downtime can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks so be prepared to take it easy during this time.
You will likely be asked to reduce your physical activity in the time after the labiaplasty procedure. This will likely include sexual intercourse. You may be sore for a while after the procedure. Temporarily abstaining from sex can help the sutures stay in place and allow for the area to properly heal. Follow through with any dressings, pain or topical medications given or prescribed by your surgeon. Watch for any signs of complication such as severe pain or fever. Report these signs immediately to your surgeon.