What Should I Avoid After Labiaplasty Surgery?

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


Following labiaplasty surgery, many women are understandably anxious and excited to resume their favorite activities with a new and improved look. However, there are some things that should be avoided during labiaplasty recovery in order to reduce the risk of complications and ensure the most comfortable and successful healing process possible. Use the helpful information below from top Orange County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi of SSK Plastic Surgery to better understand what to do – and what not to do – during labiaplasty recovery.

What does labiaplasty do?

Labiaplasty is designed to improve the form and function of the labia minora. In most cases, labiaplasty surgery is performed to address labia minora hypertrophy (LMH) – which refers to labia that are long, hanging, stretched out, or enlarged – due to age or pregnancy/childbirth. However, labiaplasty surgery can also be useful for women who have naturally asymmetric, misshapen, or damaged labia. All of these abnormalities can be a nuisance for women, both cosmetically and functionally. Some of the most common concerns and issues that can be corrected with labiaplasty surgery include:

  • Long labia
  • Hanging labia
  • Asymmetric labia
  • Damaged labia
  • Abnormal labia
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Discomfort while sitting or wearing tight-fitting clothing
  • Feeling self-conscious about the appearance of labia in leggings or swimsuits
  • Recurrent infections

How does labiaplasty work?

The surgical approach for labiaplasty may vary slightly based on the patient’s anatomy, specific concerns, and desired outcome. Generally speaking, labiaplasty surgery involves removing a portion of skin from each of the labia minora, taking care to preserve as much of the natural edge of the labia as possible. Sutures are placed within the natural lines and creases of the body so that they are scarcely visible, if at all. Patients can also rest assured that labiaplasty will not affect their sexual sensations or sensitivity, as the clitoris is not involved in the procedure whatsoever.

Are there any things I can’t do after a labiaplasty?

It goes without saying that labiaplasty surgery is performed on one of the most delicate and sensitive areas of a woman’s body. For this reason, proper labiaplasty aftercare is critical for ensuring a comfortable recovery, successful healing, and optimal outcome. Some of the most important dos and don’ts after labiaplasty include:

  • DO get plenty of rest
  • DO take medications as directed
  • DO use a cold compress (no more than 15 minutes at a time)
  • DO keep the area clean and dry
  • DO take medications as directed

  • DON’T have sex
  • DON’T exercise
  • DON’T engage in heavy lifting or strenuous physical activity
  • DON’T smoke
  • DON’T drink alcohol
  • DON’T go swimming, take baths, or otherwise submerge the labia

Most women feel comfortable enough to go back to work and light activities about one week after labiaplasty surgery, but strenuous exercise, sex, and other routines should be paused for at least 4 – 6 weeks – or until cleared by Dr. Kelishadi. While this may seem like a long time to wait, resuming these activities too soon can delay healing and lead to complications in your recovery. With proper labiaplasty aftercare, the wait for a feminine new look, boosted self-confidence, and a better sexual experience is considered well worth it.

Be the sexiest version of yourself with labia rejuvenation surgery in Orange County, CA

Every woman should feel confident about her features – even those that go unseen for the most part. If long, hanging, or asymmetric labia are interfering with your everyday life, we can help. For more information on the life-changing benefits of labiaplasty surgery, call SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with top Newport Beach board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi today.

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