When Will My Labiaplasty Stitches Fall Out?

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


When it comes to cosmetic surgery for women, some of the most frequently performed procedures include breast enhancement and body contouring. Another popular and beneficial treatment that is not discussed openly as often as it should be is vaginal rejuvenation surgery. At SSK Plastic Surgery in Orange County, CA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi helps women transform their lives, boost their self-esteem, and enjoy improved intimate form and function with advanced vaginal rejuvenation surgery, including labiaplasty. Learn more about what to expect after labiaplasty here, and find out how long your sutures may stay in place.

What does a labiaplasty do?

Labiaplasty surgery is a highly beneficial procedure for women who are struggling with physical, aesthetic, or psychological issues related to the form and/or function of their labia. During labiaplasty surgery in Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Kelishadi uses state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to reshape the labia for a more feminine and attractive appearance, as well as enhanced comfort. In many cases, labiaplasty involves trimming excess skin and creating a tighter, more symmetric, and more youthful look. Common signs and symptoms that may mean labiaplasty surgery could be beneficial for you include:

  • Pain with intercourse
  • Discomfort with tight clothing or leggings
  • Discomfort when sitting down or crossing legs
  • Self-conscious about appearance in tight clothing
  • Embarrassed about appearance of vagina
  • Long labia
  • Asymmetric labia
  • Stretched out labia
  • Hanging labia
  • Recurrent infections
  • Irritation or chafing
  • Difficulty keeping labia clean

How is labiaplasty performed?

The specific approach for labiaplasty surgery will vary from case to case depending on the patient’s anatomy, specific concerns, ideal outcome, and other factors. During your initial consultation for vaginal rejuvenation surgery in Newport Beach, Dr. Kelishadi will perform an examination, discuss your goals, and recommend the most appropriate surgical technique for you. Generally speaking, labiaplasty can be performed in the office using local anesthesia only. Dr. Kelishadi will strategically trim excess labia skin, tighten the remaining skin, and reshape the labia to ensure the most feminine, symmetric, and appealing look possible. Deep-layer stitches and external sutures are used during labiaplasty, and Dr. Kelishadi takes great care to place these within the natural creases and folds of the tissue to minimize any visible scarring that may result.

Do labiaplasty stitches have to be removed?

Most often, labiaplasty sutures are dissolvable and will disintegrate or fall out on their own. During your labiaplasty follow-up appointment, which is usually scheduled about 1 – 2 weeks after surgery, Dr. Kelishadi will examine your sutures and evaluate your healing progress. On average, labiaplasty sutures take about 3 – 4 weeks to dissolve. Supportive sutures used in deeper layers of tissue may take several months to fully disintegrate. During labiaplasty recovery, patients must take great care to keep the healing tissues and sutures clean and dry. Dr. Kelishadi will thoroughly discuss proper labiaplasty aftercare techniques to ensure patients are prepared for their recovery period and reduce their risk of infections, delayed healing, and other complications. On average, full recovery after labiaplasty surgery takes about 8 – 12 weeks.

Feel sexy and feminine once again with advanced labiaplasty in Orange County, CA

At SSK Plastic Surgery, top Orange County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi believes every woman deserves to feel confident and comfortable with their intimate appearance. If you are embarrassed about how your vagina looks or experience painful symptoms related to your labia, you may be a candidate for labiaplasty surgery. Call today to schedule your private labiaplasty consultation with Dr. Kelishadi in Newport Beach, and take the first step toward feeling more confident and comfortable than ever before!

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