More specific risks of the labiaplasty procedure include:
- Dehiscence (separation of wound edges)
- Under or over resection of labial tissue
In order to minimize the chance of these risks occurring, it is of utmost importance that your procedure is performed by a skilled cosmetic surgeon who can take necessary precautions to prevent these risks, while also possessing the skills to perform the procedure in an effective and safe manner.
As you recover from your labiaplasty procedure, it is important that you take care of yourself in order to recover properly and maximize the effectiveness of the procedure. Swelling and bruising of the genital region may begin to develop over the first few days. If you are experiencing discomfort in the area as a result of this, gently apply ice packs to the area, rest well and ask your cosmetic surgeon if there is any oral medications you can take to make this discomfort minimal. You may shower the day after the procedure and showering twice a day is very important for your personal hygiene after this procedure, after which it is important to apply antibiotic ointment twice a day to the suture line. It is also recommended that you wear a panty liner to absorb any spotting or light bleeding for a week or two after surgery. As aforementioned, the body dissolves the stitches used, so there is no requirement for physical removal in this delicate area. While you are recovering, loose underwear should also be worn for the first two weeks in order to prevent unnecessary pressure on the affected area. Finally, it is advised that you are abstinent for six weeks post procedure in order to allow the area to heal completely.