What Should You Avoid After Labiaplasty Surgery?

By: James Nachbar, MD, FACS


Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that can enhance both the aesthetic appearance and functionality of the labia minora. However, it is important to note that proper care and attention during the recovery period are crucial for optimal results. Let's discuss the essential things you should avoid after undergoing labiaplasty, based on the advice of Dr. James Nachbar, a highly experienced double board-certified plastic surgeon at Scottsdale Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ.

Avoid strenuous activities and exercise

Following labiaplasty, it is vital to give your body sufficient time to heal. This means avoiding strenuous physical activities or exercises that may strain the surgical area excessively. Dr. Nachbar emphasizes the importance of allowing your body to rest and recover, as excessive movement can lead to increased swelling and discomfort and potentially compromise the healing process. It is advisable to refrain from engaging in activities such as heavy lifting, vigorous workouts, and sexual intercourse for the recommended duration specified by your surgeon.

Say no to tight clothing

Wearing loose, comfortable clothing is recommended after a labiaplasty. Dr. Nachbar advises against wearing tight undergarments or clothing that may rub against or irritate the surgical area. Opt for breathable, cotton-based clothing that allows proper airflow and reduces friction. Loose-fitting bottoms, such as skirts or loose pants, can provide optimal comfort and minimize unnecessary pressure on the delicate surgical site.

Avoid excessive hygiene measures

While maintaining good hygiene is essential, it is important not to overdo it during the healing process. Dr. Nachbar recommends avoiding excessive cleaning or the use of harsh soaps, which can disrupt the natural healing process and cause irritation following labiaplasty. Instead, gently cleanse the area with mild, fragrance-free soap and warm water, pat dry with a clean towel, and follow any specific instructions provided by your surgeon.

Steer clear of smoking and alcohol

Smoking and alcohol consumption can significantly impede the healing process and increase the risk of complications after a labiaplasty. Both smoking and alcohol can negatively affect blood circulation and delay wound healing. Dr. Nachbar strongly advises patients to refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol for the recommended period before and after the surgery to ensure optimal healing and reduce the risk of complications.

Follow your surgeon's labiaplasty post-operative instructions

Each patient's recovery process may vary slightly, and it is crucial to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon. Dr. Nachbar emphasizes the importance of attending follow-up appointments to monitor progress and address any concerns or questions you may have. These instructions may include guidance on medication, wound care, activity restrictions, and the gradual resumption of normal activities. By adhering to these instructions, you can optimize your recovery and achieve the best possible outcome.

Labiaplasty recovery at Scottsdale Plastic Surgery

If you are considering a labiaplasty or have recently undergone the procedure, following these guidelines provided by Dr. James Nachbar at Scottsdale Plastic Surgery will help ensure a smooth recovery and desirable results. Remember, the recovery period is crucial for the success of your surgery, so prioritize self-care, rest, and patience. If you are interested in learning more about a labiaplasty, contact us in Scottsdale, AZ today to schedule a consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.