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Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby Irene209876 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:23 pm

I had a labiaplasty done a week ago with a cosmetic surgeon. I went in with as much research as I could have possibly done, but still wasn't happy with the amount of knowledge I had on the recovery process. So I decided to make a post that explains some things that one might not be told when going in for the procedure.
It cost around $3000 to even out my labia. Performed under local anesthesia (which I find MUCH better than general anes) the procedure took only 25-30mins to do. I stood up and walked out of the facility 15mins after they stitched me up (which you cant do with general). I was prescribed tylenol but found no need to use it because I felt minimal pain even when the freezing wore off. I didn't even use extra strength advil, the 200mg gel caps were fine for me. I took 2 every 6 hours for the first 2 days and then 1 every 6hrs for the next 2 and now i've gone down to 1 a day (not because it hurts but cuz advil is anti-inflamitory). I iced the area with a small ziplock of frozen peas through the pad in my underwear(5-10mins on, 15mins off). I only needed a pad the first day for some minor spotting, and then used a liner. I stayed in bed for 4 days total (recommended is 2 but I didn't want to swell too much, and it was the weekend so I only missed 2 days of school) and slept with 2 pillows under me to keep the area elevated(I know it sounds ridiculous but take it from me, I experienced very minor swelling). Showering is not a problem and I took my first shower the next day. Don't be scared cleaning the area, and use your regular shower gel. Keep some water bottles in your bathroom, and poor them on the area when you go pee, so it doesn't sting. This week, i've tried to do as little walking as possible, and when I come home, I do homework in bed while icing. Here are some other things I noticed that might help those who are like me and want to know EVERYTHING about what they are getting themselves into:
My doctor told me not to look at the area for about 2 weeks because you'll probably get freaked out from all the swelling and stitches. But I took a little peak anyways out of curiosity, and she was right, had she not told me that I might freak out, I probably would have dialled her in that moment. You probably won't even recognize what is what if you take a peek but don't worry the swelling goes down after about 5-6 days.
Also, since I shaved down there before the procedure, when the hairs started growing back, it was a little irritable because your labia stick out from the swelling. Maybe I recommend waxing before instead so the hair grows back even later and doesn't irritate the fresh stitches.
The doc says you should be able to go back to your normal exercise routine after about 2 weeks but I might just give it a couple more days.
I really hope this helps, especially for those who like really detailed explanations on what to expect. Anyone seeking to get this done, I would say don't worry, the method I took (cosmetic and under local anesthesia) was almost painless and had no complications.
ps. I'm a week into recovery and feel no pain, take no Advil,the swelling has gone down significantly(almost back to normal) and the stitches just started coming out today. Overall i'm very glad I got it done. Does anyone who got it done under general anesthesia and with a gyno have any differences with their experience?
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby robyn845 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:13 pm

I had it done on Wed, 2/15. Mine was done by a urogynecologist who is well known for procedures like these as well. It was done under general anesthesia. The procedure took 20 minutes. Like you, I haven't had any pain, no bleeding, and haven't even needed pain meds. If I move around too much I feel a little bit of the bruising but I really expected a lot worse. My doc also told me not to look so I have made sure to avoid that.
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby Nelly23 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:14 pm

Hello Irene,

I had mine done Feb. 21st, so i'm a week out tomorrow. I had mine done by my gyno and it was general anesthesia. Im still a tad bit swollen, not much pain anymore either. Im trying to not look at it cuz it's obviously not healed yet, I dont wanna scare myself :) But im sure im gonna be very happy with the end results!
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby flower123456 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:43 pm

Hi Irene,

sounds to me like you have been super lucky. Did you get the trim method or wedge method?

I didnt know about the difference and chose trim. He seems to have completely cut my labia off there is nothing left. Everything is black and puffy and hugely swolen (see my pictures, im going to take daily pictures of the process). I have also been told to try and not look but i just cant help it because im so worried i have no labia and because my clitoris is hugely swolen i look very strange.

Im 7 days post op today and am back at work (office role). Everything seems a to be healing. I have been taking arnica montana to help swelling and infection tablets. I do feel like my stitched are really pulling today like they are too tight. does this mean they are too tight or they are coming out? how can you tell once they have come out as mine all look in place. Having showers i have just be cleaning with water and got told to stay clear of baths. When using the toilet i also pour sterile water over and dab down with a clean towel. I think when in consultation they do not tell you about possibilities of bad healing process as i thought everything would be fine a week after and i look like i have been malled by an angry dog :-(

i think these forums are great as they help everyone communicte about what they are going through. xxxxxxxxxx
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby Irene209876 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:34 pm

Hey everyone,
I'm exactly 3 weeks post op now, and can feel that the wounds are completely closed and all the stitches have dissolved. I was told by my surgeon that 3 weeks is about the time it takes for most stitches so dissolve and for the skin to be able to hold itself together. However she also told me not to do any strenuous activities until 4 weeks. She also said 4 weeks post op is when I can go back to my regular exercise routine, go to public swimming pools, take baths, use my sauna ect. My labia are still swollen but I can start to see the final result a bit (only swollen by a couple millimetres). Doc says about 9weeks post op is when all the swelling should be gone. Also, the area doesn't hurt at all, even to the touch.

In response to flower,
I got the trim method as well as I had darker pigmentation to my labia. I also heard that this method has a faster healing time, but I don't know this for certain. I did start to notice only a couple of days ago that my trimmed labia seems to be a bit shorter than the normal one, but I'm hoping that this will get better after the swelling goes down. (I really hope that I haven't gotten my entire labia removed :? )
You'll be able to tell that your stitches are about to come out because they will start to itch a lot! Don't itch when they do though! I hard to learn the hard way that doing so only makes the stitches itchier!!
Also, if you have a lot of swelling, that could be the reason for the "tight" feeling of your stitches. Just ice a lot and take advil.

I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you enjoy your end result!! :)
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby flower123456 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:57 am

sorry irene just seen this message too.

The itching just starts at night but i'm just trying to ignore it. When i went in for my appointment the other day the nurse told me i didnt have dissolvable stitches (even though i was told i was getting them) and they would have to be removed. I messaged my surgeon and he said they are absorbable stitches so i am unsure what i am being told.

What colour are the dissolvble stitches? mine are a black colour?

Did your inner labia start to appear once all the swelling went down then? im so glad your becoming happier with your results and thanks for sharing your story xxx
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby Irene209876 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:04 pm

hey flower!
Well my stitches were clear and very thin, I could barely see them.
And actually my swelling hasn't gone down completely, although I think it might be that the elasticity to my skin hasn't kicked in yet, if that makes sense.
I really hope it does though!
Because the result I see now is just soooo close to exactly what I wanted!

Hopefully your healing has gone well so far!

sincerely,

Irene
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby maggie1992 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:23 pm

i had labiaplasty yesterday (in brisbane australia) under general anaesthesia and have had no problems at all. woke up at the day surgery pain free and was sent home about an hour and a half later after they fed me etc. was sent home with prodeine fort and endone but have only used prodeine but i dont even think id need to because i feel hardly any pain just slight discomfort. ivr also kept an icepack on it. really surprised with my recovery so far, after all the research i did anf peoples bad recoveries im so happy mine has been easy and painless. i had a great surgeon and anaesthetist
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby circlegirl » Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:41 pm

Hi ladies,
I also had labiaplasty 5 days ago (in Melbourne, Australia), and i was really apprehensive about it, but i did it anyway - and i'm so glad i did. It's SO great not to have these yuk things hanging between my legs anymore. Yay!

So i had mine done under a general anesth because i'm way too squeamish to have dealt with it while mostly awake. I went under at about 1pm and was out the door by 2.30.
There was mild discomfort as you would expect but i survived the hour-long trip home - probably because i was still a little high from the general! :D

The first evening, when the anesthetic really wore off, it did sting a fair bit and whenever i stood, the stinging was worse. I made sure to spend as much time as i could get away with lying down and icing the area. I stayed off my feet for 2 whole days after the operation.

The first trip to the bathroom that first night was a bit scary because i didn't want to touch it, but it didn't sting when i peed and EVERY time i went to the bathroom i made sure to have a shallow lukewarm bath of salt water ready, so as soon as i came out, i hopped in the bath and cleaned myself well.

For the first two days i applied the antiseptic ointment they gave me to the area after each saltwater bath (after every bathroom visit WITHOUT fail).

Then on the third day, i stopped applying the antiseptic ointment and instead started applying Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (i bought it from the local health food store). I've read so much about coconut oil and its healing properties, antibacterial properties etc, and since i started using it, the area is WAY less sensitive to touch and clean, i'm not apprehensive about touching it and i'm up and walking about. I'm still taking it easy but i think the Coconut Oil has REALLY sped up the healing process. I intend to keep using it during the day for as long as it takes to fully heal, but to be safe i'll still use the antiseptic ointment they prescribed overnight at least for the next few days.

Today is day 5 and i havent felt any stitches come through, but i'm not sure if they will. The area is a bit hard and whilst i had no major swelling anyway, the labia are still a tad swollen. I imagine this will take awhile to go back to normal.
I still have spotting every day but they told me that this is normal.


I want to encourage everyone to try the coconut oil. I would recommend applying the antiseptic ointment they give you for the first TWO days following the procedure, but then after that i say give it a try. Do some research on Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (has to be unrefined).
And if it speeds the healing process like it seems to be doing for me, that's gotta be a good thing.
I am not only applying it to my surgery wound after cleaning, but i am also eating a few tablespoons of it every day mixed into food and hot drinks. I think this is all part of the fast healing that i'm seeing because i'm getting it internally as well as externally - double power.
I just wanted to share this with others who are going through the same thing. The sooner this heals up and i'm back on my merry way, the better!

Good luck everyone.
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby violetesque » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:29 pm

circlegirl, thanks for sharing and glad you're doing well. I didn't use coconut oil on my incisions but wish I had. Instead I used a combination of vaseline, Aquaphor, and jojoba oil. I've been using coconut oil lately though and it's so wonderful for the skin.
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby Aprilhaylee » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:06 pm

[quote="maggie1992"]i had labiaplasty yesterday (in brisbane australia) under general anaesthesia and have had no problems at all. woke up at the day surgery pain free and was sent home about an hour and a half later after they fed me etc. was sent home with prodeine fort and endone but have only used prodeine but i dont even think id need to because i feel hardly any pain just slight discomfort. ivr also kept an icepack on it. really surprised with my recovery so far, after all the research i did anf peoples bad recoveries im so happy mine has been easy and painless. i had a great surgeon and anaesthetist


What surgeon/clinic did your operation ? :)
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby Irene209876 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:30 am

Thank you for sharing Ladies!
First time I've heard of the coconut oil for this use but I know of it's healing properties so it makes sense that it worked for you, and I'm glad that it did! :)
I'm 9 months out now and I am so happy I did not go back on my decision to go through with the surgery!
I am extremely pleased with my results and I know that had I not done it, I would not have the same level of confidence I have today.
I would definitely recommend this procedure to anyone that has been contemplating it for a long while, as I had. Once you thoroughly research the surgeon, method you could be getting, and the specifics of recovery, I would say; don't be scared to go for it. For me, it was merely uncomfortable, I experienced no pain at all, and the healing was much quicker than I had anticipated. Without a doubt it was worth the result I got. I wish a speedy and painless recovery to those who are healing, and luck to those who are about to have the procedure done. Please don't hesitate to PM any questions and have a wonderful day everyone! :D
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby JulieLeB » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:54 pm

Hi, I'm 3 weeks post op and am loving the results. Just curious though, no one talked about the texture of the skin. Right now where I'm assuming cuts were made the skin feels harder. Has anyone experienced this? Will it go away?

Tks :0)
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby robinlv11 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:16 pm

I had my surgery about 3 weeks ago. Everything seems fine so far except after I wipe about 5sec later I have a slight sting/itching feeling and then it goes away. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
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Re: Detailed Recovery from Labiaplasty

Postby jillian1234 » Wed May 01, 2013 4:11 pm

Hello, Ive been contemplating this surgery for years and I have now decided to go ahead. I was just wondering how much it cost for everyone, and is there any kind of Medicare rebate available? thanks :)
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