When Will Swelling Go Down After Labiaplasty Surgery?

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


No one looks forward to downtime after cosmetic surgery, but the results are certainly worth the wait. When it comes to vaginal rejuvenation surgery specifically, you may be surprised to learn how quick the recovery period can actually be. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Kelishadi and the acclaimed team at SSK Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA understand the importance of resuming your favorite activities as soon as possible after labiaplasty and are committed to using the most advanced tools and techniques available to make that a reality. Get a better idea of what to expect after labiaplasty here, including how long swelling may last and when you’ll be able to return to your normal routines.

Do I need labiaplasty surgery?

Deciding to undergo any form of vaginal rejuvenation surgery, including labiaplasty, is a highly personal choice and should be thoroughly discussed with your surgeon. For many women, labiaplasty helps to restore a more youthful and feminine vagina after having children while other patients undergo the procedure to correct naturally long or asymmetric labia. Following a thorough consultation, Dr. Kelishadi can help determine whether labiaplasty in Newport Beach may be right for you.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms that may mean you would benefit from labiaplasty include:

  • Long labia
  • Hanging labia
  • Asymmetric labia
  • Pain with sex
  • Recurrent infection
  • Discomfort with tight clothing or leggings
  • Self-consciousness about appearance of labia in or out clothing

How long is labiaplasty recovery?

After labiaplasty surgery, which is performed as an outpatient procedure, patients will return home to begin their recovery. Some levels of discomfort, swelling, numbness, and itchiness are normal after labiaplasty, but these symptoms are usually well-tolerated and can be relieved with ice packs, medications, and other recommended remedies. The majority of women who undergo labiaplasty surgery are able to return to work within about a week of their procedure, though exercise, sex, and other activities may be restricted for up to six weeks or longer.

How long does swelling after labiaplasty last?

Swelling is one of the first postoperative side effects of labiaplasty surgery, though it typically subsides within a few days. After one week, the majority of labiaplasty swelling should have resolved. To reduce swelling, Dr. Kelishadi may recommend using a cold compress or taking certain medications. Patients may find it more comfortable to wear loose-fitting underwear and clothing during labiaplasty recovery. Additionally, a donut pillow can be useful to relieve pressure and discomfort related to swelling.

Is it safe to have sex after labiaplasty?

While the majority of your normal activities can be resumed just a few days or weeks after vaginal rejuvenation surgery, it is critical to avoid strenuous exercise, sex, and tampon use. During your postoperative follow-up appointments, Dr. Kelishadi will closely monitor your healing progress and let you know when it is safe and appropriate to have sex after labiaplasty, which may take up to 6 - 8 weeks.

Feel like the woman you were meant to be with labiaplasty in Newport Beach, CA

Whether you were born with long labia, suffered trauma, or experienced vaginal changes after childbirth and aging, you may be a candidate for labiaplasty. To learn more about the life-changing cosmetic and functional benefits of labiaplasty in Newport Beach, call SSK Plastic Surgery to schedule your one-on-one consultation with esteemed, 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.