We have provided some useful postoperative instructions and advice following your labiaplasty/ labia minor reduction with us. The information is also beneficial if you are considering surgery with us as it will give you an idea of what to expect after labiaplasty.
Remember that you can shower and bath when you get home to keep your wounds clean. Please apply the antibiotic ointment you have been provided twice a day to your wounds for the first 3-4 days.
Medications – You will be provided with simple painkillers before discharge.
Change of dressings – We suggest using simple pant liners over your wounds. These should be changed regularly.
Follow up appointments for dressing clinics – You will be handed a card with details of your first follow up appointment and contact details for the ward should you have any concerns once you get home.
Have someone drive you home after surgery.
Get plenty of rest.
Start walking gently as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots. Do not overdo things.
Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake. It is important to avoid constipation as straining may increase the risk of bleeding.
Take pain medication as prescribed. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are usually sufficient during the first few days.
Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
Avoid alcohol when taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for 3 weeks as it can cause fluid retention which may worsen swelling.
When can I go back to work?
This will depend on your recovery and job. We would normally advise taking at least 1 week off work.
Showering/ bathing – You may bathe once you are home. You should bath or shower daily. It may be helpful to have a warm salty bath for a short soak. Use a mild baby shampoo/ shower gel. Dry well with gentle patting with a towel and then apply the antibiotic ointment you have been provided for the first few days.
Sleeping position – Sleep in a position that is comfortable for you.
Clothing – Wear loose cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting trousers.
Tampons – Avoid using tampons until the area is healed.
Driving – We recommend not driving for at least 4-5 days after your surgery as you may be on pain medication and still be experiencing some discomfort.
Exercise – Avoid strenuous activities for 3-4 weeks. Avoid doing things that may cause friction/ rubbing of your wounds.
Intercourse – It is advisable to avoid intercourse for 3-4 weeks or until your wounds are fully healed and it feels comfortable.
Showering – You may shower when you get home. Use the supplied antibiotic ointment and local anaesthetic gel as directed
What to expect
You will be up and about straight after your surgery, but it will be a week or two before you are entirely up to speed.
Your mood may fluctuate after surgery – this is normal. A small amount of blood staining on the inside of your dressings is typical during the first few days.
Discomfort is common in the first few days and is to be expected.
Swelling is to be expected and can be quite severe. It may get worse before it get better and usually has improved significantly by 7-10 days.
Most of swelling will subside in 1-2 weeks. A small amount of swelling may persist for up to 3 months.
Scars may be red and inflamed for the first few weeks. In time, these usually soften and fade.
Weeks 1-3 after your operation – You will attend a specialist nurse clinic on at least two occasions to have your wounds reviewed. All the sutures are dissolvable but may remain visible for up to 4 weeks.
4-6 months – You will be asked to arrange a follow up appointment with your surgeon at 4-6 months to discuss the outcome of your surgery and any concerns you may have.
Please note – Some of our patients will get in touch prior to their 4-6 month follow up appointment and we are often able to address any concerns you may have over the phone or via email. You are welcome to make an appointment (at no cost to you) prior to your 4-6 month follow up if you wish to be seen in person to discuss any issues.
Healing is a gradual process and the operated area may remain slightly swollen and sensitive for several weeks.
When to call
If you have increased swelling or bruising which is not settling.
If you notice swelling of one/ both of your legs or feel short of breath – this may indicate a clot in one of your veins/ lungs – Deep vein thrombosis/ Pulmonary embolism.
If you have increased redness along the incision (this may be a sign of infection).
If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.
If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
If you have a temperature over 38 degrees Celsius.
If you have any yellowish or greenish discharge from the incisions.
If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.
If you have painful swelling/ lump that is not settling.
If concerned, please call Beechwood House on 0131 316259 between the hours of 8am-8pm or after that on 0131 334 0363.