Healing After Labiaplasty – What to Expect

Posted by ALVR | February 1, 2024

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So, you’re scouring the internet for innie vagina, barbie vagina, and labiaplasty before and after, trying to figure out if labiaplasty is right for you. There are many concerns we hear in our consultations, chief among them is how long does a labiaplasty take to heal?

Here we explain how long it takes for labiaplasty to heal, what it’ll look like, and what to expect after labiaplasty surgery.

Can’t watch the video? Here’s a transcript!

Hi, my name is Kristin Longshore. I’m one of the nurse practitioners that works here with Austin Urogynecology, and I’m here today to talk to you about labiaplasty healing and what’s normal, and kind of what most patients are concerned about post operatively throughout the healing process. I would say probably the most common concern or complaint that patients have within the first two to three weeks post-op is swelling, assymetry and possible irregularity along the incision line. I do reassure patients that during this time frame, during that initial two to three week period the labia take on an appearance that is going to be nothing like the final outcome, because of the healing process that is going on during that initial time frame, you will see a lot of swelling, bruising. The sutures will still be present. So the area can look a little concerning from a patients stand point. However, from a providers stand point when we see these patient’s in clinic everything is typically healing very well.

I do usually reassure patients if from a asymmetry stand point that that early in the process due to the swelling that is still present in the tissue, usually assymetry is a little hard to discern. We usually wait somewhere till about six to eight weeks after post-op, just to kind of re-assess, ’cause at that time most of the swelling has resolved from the tissue and we can get a better idea of if there is any true assymetry still present, and then start to discuss revision if necessary. Some of the other concerns that happen are the ridging that can sometimes occur along the labia incision line, and this occurs sometimes just from the sutures, especially if there’s excessive swelling within the tissue post-operatively. The sutures can kind of cause some indentation along the labia. The labia themselves even before you have a labiaplasty will have some natural kind of texture to them.

So we usually will tell patients, kind of, even after you get past the six to 12 weeks post-op, even if there is some mild ridging it creates more of a natural look from a aesthetics stand point within the labia, unless there’s a obvious or really concerning dived or kind of separation of tissue that’s present from the incision, from the sutures, excuse me, then that’s when we will be a little more concerned about a possible revision in that area and that type of thing. I hope this was helpful and we look forward to seeing you guys again soon.

En Español:

Hola, soy Kristin Longshore. Soy una de las enfermeras que trabaja Uroginecología Austin y estoy aquí hoy para hablaros sobre el saneamiento de labioplastia y lo que es normal, y de lo que se preocupan la mayoría de los pacientes en el post-operatorio a través del proceso de saneamiento. Probablemente diría que la preocupación más común o queja que tienen los pacientes en las dos o tres semanas de post-operatorio es la hinchazón asimetría y posible irregularidad en la línea de incisión. Aseguro a los pacientes que durante este período, durante esas dos o tres semanas iniciales los labios toman una apariencia que no tiene nada que ver con el resultado final, debido al proceso de saneamiento que sucede durante ese período de tiempo inicial, verás mucha inflamación, y cicatrización. Las suturas todavía estarán presentes.

El área puede parecer un poco preocupante desde el punto de vista de los pacientes. Sin embargo, desde el punto de vista médico cuando vemos a estos pacientes en la clínica todo se está curando normalmente muy bien. Suelo asegurar a los pacientes desde el punto de vista de la asimetría que tan pronto en el proceso debido a la inflamación todavía presente en el tejido, normalmente la asimetría es un poco difícil de discernir. Normalmente esperamos entre unas seis a ocho semanas tras el post-operatorio, para de alguna forma re-evaluar, porque en ese momento la mayoría de la inflamación remite del tejido y podemos tener una mejor idea de si hay alguna verdadera asimetría todavía presente, y luego empezar a ver si una revisión es necesaria. Algunas de las preocupaciones que suceden son el borde que puede a veces aparecer en la línea de incisión de los labios, y esto ocurre simplemente por las suturas, especialmente si hay excesiva inflamación en el tejido durante el post-operatorio. Las suturas pueden causar hendiduras a lo largo de los labios.

Los propios labios incluso antes de tener una labiaplastia tendrán algún tipo de textura natural en ellos. Normalmente le decimos a las pacientes, que incluso de haber pasado de seis a doce semanas, incluso si hay como algún tipo de borde menor crea un aspecto más natural desde el punto de vista estético con los labios, a no ser que que haya algo obvio o realmente preocupante o una especie de separación de tejido que esté presente de la incisión, de las suturas, perdón, y ahí es cuando estaremos un poco más preocupados por una posible revisión en el área y ese tipo de cosas. Espero que haya sido útil y espero veros de nuevo pronto.


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