Labiaplasty, a type of vaginal rejuvenation surgery, was once a little-talked-about facet of plastic surgery. Now, it is a rapidly growing trend among women throughout the country. The surgery involves some combination of altering the appearance of the labia minora (inner lips), labia majora (outer lips), and/or clitoral hood. There are many reasons why women choose to have this surgery: It may be done for functional or medical purposes, such as to reduce chafing or the visibility of overly large labia, to reduce discomfort with tight clothing, or gym clothes, or for purely aesthetic reasons. Dr. Amaka Nwubah routinely performs labiaplasty at the Nashville area’s Nashville Plastic Surgery Institute, hearing from women who worry about whether the anatomy in their intimate area looks “normal.”

As she explains to them, the reality is that the appearance of the labia and vulva vary widely depending on the person. No two are identical. Thus, labiaplasty is best enjoyed by women who are making the decision for surgery for their own reasons, not to conform to a specific idealized standard.

No matter the reason for choosing labiaplasty, here are some of the best ways to heal faster and enjoy an easier recovery:

Keep Free from Infections

It’s important to keep the vaginal area as clean and dry as possible after surgery. You will be prescribed topical and oral antibiotics, as well as antifungals to reduce the risk of infection while you heal. Refrain from using soap on the area, soaking in bathtubs, or swimming during the first four weeks of recovery.

Manage Discomfort

It’s normal to experience soreness, itching, and swelling in the days following surgery. Taking anti-inflammatory medication as directed can help to decrease pain. Apply cold compresses to the area to reduce swelling and wear loose clothing, as friction can cause discomfort in the sensitive area. As part of your surgery at Nashville Plastic Surgery Institute, patients are provided ice packs and numbing sprays to assist with their recovery.

Restrict Your Activity Level

Patients should schedule at least one week for recuperation. During this time, sitting, walking, and urination may be uncomfortable. Aside from short walks to improve circulation, it’s better to rest as much as possible and avoid physical exercise that may strain or stretch the operative site. This means that lifting heavy objects, running, and other intense workouts should be avoided for at least the first few weeks.

Abstain from Sexual Intercourse

It’s important to avoid having sex for the first six weeks to prevent scarring and infection and allow the area to heal properly.

For more information about feminine rejuvenation in the Nashville area, and for the removal of extra skin on the vagina, discuss your goals with Dr. Amaka Nwubah at Nashville Plastic Surgery Institute. Call us at 615.932.7700 or fill out a contact form to request an appointment.