It’s not only about “keeping up appearances”. While Labiaplasty specifically targets and improves the aesthetic appearance of the external female genitalia, it provides physical relief for many women. Elongated labia can sometimes interfere with exercise and intercourse and causes embarrassment for some women when they wear certain clothing such as bathing suits, leggings, and jeans. These more form-fitted clothing items often call attention to any bulge.
It can give you a confidence boost. Along with alleviating irritation and pain associated with chafing in clothing, most women look and feel more youthful which helps them regain the sexual and physical confidence they might have lost due to elongated labia.
The recovery is pretty quick. Unlike many other surgical procedures, Labiaplasty patients can assume regular activities, including returning to work, typically by 72 hours following the procedure. With that in mind, patients should avoid rigorous physical activity, baths, hot tubs, and swimming and should remain on pelvic rest (no tampons or intercourse) for 6 weeks after having Labiaplasty. Here’s one extra little recovery process perk: you can (and must) rock those comfy cotton “granny panties”!
Pain-wise, it’s not nearly as bad as you might think. We get it. When many women think of any sort of trauma or cutting to our ladybits, they cringe, but it might surprise you to learn that the pain following Labiaplasty is actually pretty minimal. In fact, there is limited pain the first 18-24 hours following the procedure and then mild to moderate discomfort and swelling for a few days. This can easily be controlled ice packs and analgesics if need be.