How Long Do I Have To Wait To Have Sex After Labiaplasty

By: Dr. Sean Kelishadi, M.D. FACS


It is a very personal decision for a woman to decide to have labiaplasty. Generally, women opt for this procedure if they are experiencing discomfort or pain during sex as the result of a stretched or enlarged labia, or if they feel self-conscious about how it looks. Labiaplasty not only helps women alleviate pain and feel more comfortable during sexual intercourse, but aesthetic changes can also help patients feel more confident in intimate situations. It is one of the main reasons Newport Beach, CA women turn to Dr. Sean Kelishadi when they want to know how this surgery can help them feel more self-assured in both intimate and social situations.

Dr. Kelishadi is a board-certified plastic surgeon and President of SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA. This premier cosmetic center offers numerous surgical and nonsurgical options to patients wanting to improve how they look and feel. Women considering labiaplasty often wonder how long they must abstain from sexual intimacy after undergoing this type of cosmetic procedure. Here is an in-depth look at how labiaplasty can help women feel more attractive and satisfied during sexual intercourse, and how abstinence is only necessary for a short time during recovery.

Why do women decide to get labiaplasty?

The experts at SSK Plastic Surgery understand that this type of plastic surgery is very personal. Studies show that confidence plays a role in feeling desirable and comfortable during intimate situations. Labiaplasty is a procedure to reshape a woman's labia minora, also referred to as the inner "lips" of the vulva. When a woman's labia are elongated, the excess tissue can cause discomfort during intercourse, even making everyday situations, like sitting on a bicycle seat or wearing yoga pants, uncomfortable. Pregnancy and vaginal births can change the structure of the labia, causing women to feel self-conscious or embarrassed during sex. While some women have cosmetic reasons for considering labiaplasty, others have a medical need to improve their sexual well-being.

What issues does labiaplasty address?

Dr. Kelishadi performs labiaplasty with a local anesthetic, enabling patients to drive to and from their appointment. For the treatment of more complex issues, a general anesthetic will be used, and patients will need to be driven home afterward. Whether the problem is a functional or an aesthetic concern, labiaplasty can correct the following:

  • Shape
  • Asymmetry
  • Excessive skin folds
  • Labia minora hypertrophy

Dr. Kelishadi is a leading expert on this surgical procedure and has written various articles on labiaplasty. The primary goal is reshaping and contouring the exterior area while making suture lines virtually invisible. By removing excess skin from the vaginal lips, the area can be made tighter while not compromising this highly sensitive area. The team at SSK Plastic Surgery takes excellent care in providing labiaplasty techniques that preserve a woman's natural sensations in the affected area while helping to restore her confidence.

What is the recovery after labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure. Patients will experience some swelling and bruising during their recovery. For patients who have undergone general anesthesia, it is advised to remain under another adult's care for at least 24 hours. The average recovery period is 1 – 2 weeks before patients can return to work. Strenuous exercising should be avoided for at least 3 – 4 weeks. A common question asked by patients is, "When can I have sex after labiaplasty surgery?" It is generally recommended that patients abstain from sexual intercourse for a few weeks after any type of plastic surgery. It is advised to wait about 6 – 8 weeks, or until cleared by your plastic surgeon, before engaging in sexual activity.

Labiaplasty is an effective and gratifying procedure with lasting results. Women can feel more confident and comfortable during sexual intercourse, and even participate in other physical activities that they may have refrained from doing in the past. If you are considering this surgical procedure, we invite you to contact the experts at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi is highly regarded in the Orange County, CA area and can help you with this life-changing procedure. Our staff at SSK Plastic Surgery offers a caring and comfortable environment, so you can feel better about getting the help you need. Call to schedule your labiaplasty consultation today.

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