Recovery after Labiaplasty – Timeline, Tips, and Healing after Labia Surgery


Recovery After Labiaplasty with Dr Rebecca Wyten – Female Plastic Surgeon Melbourne

  • Do you have long, or ‘hanging’ vaginal lips?
  • Do you feel labial discomfort, pain, or irritation  particularly during certain  activities or while wearing certain clothes?
  • Are you feel embarrassed during intimate moments?

If you suffer from an excess of skin that extends from your vagina, you are not alone. It’s an embarrassing topic to discuss with a doctor, yet there is no reason that you should live in discomfort or aggravation with the excess tissue that gets in the way. Labiaplasty could be an effective solution for your problem.  If you meet the specific criteria – you may get Medicare coverage for your Labiaplasty. Dr Rebecca Wyten is a Victorian Female Specialist Plastic Surgeon and performs Labiaplasty in Melbourne’s Eastern and South-Eastern Suburbs.

PLEASE NOTE – Dr Wyten only performs Labiaplasty Surgery in hospital in conjunction with other larger cosmetic surgery – Breast and Body Surgery for Women.

Labiaplasty reshapes your labia for a more desirable appearance or to relieve discomfort, such as to address the inner vaginal lips protruding beyond the outer vaginal lips. But this is only the beginning. Knowing how to care for your incisions after labiaplasty will make your recovery much smoother and less painful.

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Preparation for labiaplasty surgery

There are a few common guidelines that you should be aware of and keep in mind before your surgery. Some of these guidelines include the following:

  • For at least two weeks prior to your labiaplasty surgery, be sure to avoid blood thinners and medications such as NSAIDs. If you aren’t sure if your medications fall into these categories, ask.
  • Avoid supplements, such as vitamin C, herbal supplements, and weight-loss supplements, for at least four weeks before your labiaplasty surgery is scheduled.
  • Do not eat or drink for at least eight hours before your surgery. Often you will be advised not to eat or drink after midnight on the night before. However, if you have medications you need to take, these can often be taken with a small sip of water. Ask the doctor for advice regarding medications.
  • Get some rest. The night before your procedure, get plenty of sleep. This will help ensure that your body can recover quickly and properly.

What should you expect during your recovery?

After the procedure, Dr Rebecca Wyten will prescribe medications to help manage pain and discomfort. You should receive post-surgical instructions regarding incision care and it is essential to follow them.

People recovering from the procedure are usually advised to:

  • Wear Loose, Breathable Clothing — during healing, your labia will be more susceptible to irritation and friction, especially from tight clothing. While recovering, it’s suggested to wear loose, breathable clothing and fabrics so as to prevent unnecessary rubbing and reduce discomfort.
  • Stay Fresh —  the area should be gently cleaned to reduce your risk of infection and other complications. Dr Wyten will provide you information on how you can keep your vulva clean after the procedure and may provide you with antibiotics, creams, and ointments.
  • Invest in a Sitz Bath — A method of keeping your genitals clean is by slit bath using warm water,  which is often sold in kits that comfortably fit over the seat of the toilet. Your genitals are submerged in a small, tub-like container that gently cleanses the area, relieving minor irritation, itchiness, and inflammation. A sitz bath also helps in increasing blood flow to the area and removing any discharge, dried blood, or dead skin that may be present. It promotes quicker healing and reduces the risk of infection.
  • Try Irrigation —  the use of toilet paper is another way of keeping the area clean and minimizing irritation.  Avoiding toilet paper after using the bathroom help keep you clean by using a squeezable water bottle or sprayer instead of wiping to irrigate the area with warm water and patting dry with baby wipes or a clean towel.  Doing this after every time to the bathroom, the gentle irrigation i on the incision site and better at removing any discharge.
  • Avoid Intercourse —  you should avoid sexual activity while healing, as it can lead to painful tugging and pulling causes injury, resulting in pain and increases the risk of infection.  Sexual activity can be resumed in six weeks after surgery in most cases, but this may differ depending on your progress during recovery. You should also avoid tampons until directed by Dr Wyten.
  • Use a Donut Pillow — Although most patients can get back to work four to seven days after their labiaplasty, assuming your work includes sitting for extended periods, the utilization of a doughnut pad is strongly suggested. A doughnut cushion will help keep pressure off the surgical site and make sitting more comfortable.

Recovery varies from person to person, but most women are able to return to their normal routine within 1 to 2 weeks. You will, however, need to refrain from sexual intercourse for at least 6 weeks after your procedure.

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What should you expect during the procedure?

Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you should be able to go home the same day. How long your procedure takes will depend on your specific treatment plan.

There are two main forms of labiaplasty. A labia majora reduction reduces the size and shape of the outer lips of your vagina. A labia minora reduction reduces the size and shape of the inner lips. These reductions are either made using the trim technique or the wedge technique.

 Trim procedure

  • It is the original technique and is most natural to perform. It is also the most widely used technique used by surgeons. In this procedure, the excess part of the labia minora is removed and sutured so that it is symmetrical with the labia majora.

Wedge procedure

  • In this procedure, a partial thickness wedge is removed from the thickest part of the labia minora. The submucosa (layer tissue beneath a mucous membrane) must be left intact by removing only a partial thickness. This procedure gives the vagina a natural look after the surgery as well, preserving the wrinkled edges.

60-90 minutes after surgery

  • You will be in the recovery area while recovering from anesthesia after which you will be discharged to go home.

The first few days

  • The majority of your swelling and discomfort will be experienced during this time but can be controlled with prescription pain medication issued by our physicians and the use of an ice pack. Patients should plan to take the first several days off work to rest and recover at home. Loose clothing and underwear should be worn during this time to eliminate any friction that could irritate the incision sites.

Week 1

  • Swelling will begin to subside towards the end of the first week of recovery. Itching is normal during this time as you heal, but if itching is severe or persists longer than one week, you should see Dr Rebecca Wyten as this could be a sign of a bacterial infection. While you’ll likely feel well enough to return to work at the end of the first week, you should continue to take it easy and avoid exercise.

Week 2-3

  • After 2 weeks, your swelling, itching, and general discomfort should be diminishing and you might begin to see the results of your procedure. During this time, light activity can be resumed, but anything too strenuous or that could put pressure on the incision sites such as biking, horseback riding, or sexual activity should be avoided. Tampon use should also be avoided until you are completely healed.

Week 3-6

  • At 3-6 weeks after your procedure, you’ll likely be almost completely back to your normal daily routine and exercise routine. However, you should still avoid biking, horseback riding, sexual activity, and tampon use until you are after the 6-week point. At 6 weeks, patients report feeling more confident with the results of their labiaplasty procedure with improved labia size, shape, and symmetry.

What are the potential risks of labioplasty?

  • Decreased vulvar sensitivity
  • Chronic dryness
  • Numbness
  • Scarring that results in painful vaginal sex
  • Bleeding
  • hematoma

Is a follow-up appointment necessary?

Yes. Usually, you’ll have 1 or 2 follow-ups so Dr Rebecca Wyten can make sure the area is healing well.

Longer-Term Results of Labiaplasty

Dr. Rebecca Wyten ’s advanced technique using magnification helps to ensure good and natural-looking results, and her use of dissolvable sutures helps to achieve excellent healing with limited discomfort.


FAQs – Questions about Labiaplasty

How painful is labiaplasty recovery?

  • Labiaplasty is not a particularly painful procedure, and patients are encouraged to be up and about straight away. Some swelling, bruising, and soreness should be expected post-procedure. Most of the swelling usually settles in the first few days or early weeks.

How long does it take to heal after labiaplasty?

  • Labiaplasty is a safe, effective, and straightforward surgery, and it does not take long for patients to return to their normal activities. It takes 6 weeks to fully recover from labiaplasty.

How can I recover faster from labiaplasty?

    • Follow All Pre-Operative Instructions
    • Get Proper Rest
    • Eat and Drink Well
    • Take All Medication as Directed
    • Care for the Surgical Site
    • Use Cold Compresses
    • Avoid Strenuous Activity
    • Don’t Smoke or Drink Alcohol
    • Prepare for Some Discomfort
    • Follow All Hygiene Guidelines
    • Wait the Appropriate Amount of Time to Resume Normal Activities
    •  Maintain a Positive Outlook
    • Do Not Hesitate to Contact  Dr Rebecca Wyten

Will I lose feeling if I have a labiaplasty?

  • It is very rare to lose sensation from labiaplasty–that utilizes the wedge or trim technique. The fact is, women are more likely to experience an increase in labial and clitoral sensitivity. This fact along with a woman’s increase in self-esteem after labiaplasty may further enhance enjoyment with sexual relations.

Can you be awake during labiaplasty?

  • Yes, Labiaplasty is sometimes done under local anaesthesia if you feel more comfortable this way. So, you can be awake during the procedure. In other cases, Dr Rebecca Wyten might recommend general anaesthesia for added comfort.

How long after labiaplasty can you wear jeans?

  • It will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks for the swelling to get reduced after the surgery. Lifestyle modifications have to be made till that period including wearing loose clothing and avoiding tight innerwear and jeans, after that time period you can wear jeans.

How long does it take for labiaplasty stitches to dissolve?

  • To avoid discomfort during stitch removal usually resorbable or dissolving are most commonly used. The resorption time differs based on the type of suture used.  They generally resorb within about 10 days of surgery.

How are labiaplasty stitches performed?

  • Labiaplasty is most commonly performed under local anaesthetic.  The wounds may be stitched closed in two main ways: continuous (running) vs. interrupted sutures.  Dr Rebecca Wyten generally does not perform continuous stitches in this region given the greater risk of healing complications.  If a running stitch breaks or the knot unravels prematurely, the entire wound could develop dehiscence (wound separation). If an interrupted stitch falls out prematurely, many other stitches remain intact, which may lower the risk of healing complications.

Should I get a Labiaplasty?

  • Labiaplasty is your best option if you are extremely unhappy with the shape of your labia or face problems such as rubbing, chafing, prominence in clothes, difficulty in wearing certain underwear, tight clothing, swimming attire, or getting in the way with sex. 

How much does a Labiaplasty Cost?

  • Dr Wyten’s team will provide you a personalized fee for your surgery depending on the type of procedure, hospital fees, and whether you want to stay overnight in the hospital. An approximate fee range for your labiaplasty surgery can be provided over the phone when you speak to a Patient Care Advisor. We also provide information on different methods of payment.

At your initial consultation, you will be provided with a detailed quote for your procedure. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, an Anaesthetist fee, a Surgical Assistant fee, and hospital fees.

Dr Rebecca Wyten is extremely dedicated to helping you to reduce the size of the labia and achieve a more aesthetically appealing vulva and help you restore your physical comfort and your sexual confidence.

Dr Rebecca Wyten operates at accredited major hospitals in Melbourne to assist patients in providing optimal care. She only uses experienced Anaesthetists and a top Surgical Support Team for best practice labiaplasty procedures.

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Dr Rebecca Wyten has Clinic Locations in Hawthorn & Berwick serving the Eastern and South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, Australia

About Dr Rebecca Wyten

Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeon


Dr Rebecca Wyten is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon from Melbourne. Patients choose Dr Wyten for just some of the following reasons:

  • Female Plastic Surgeon is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery.
  • 21 years of expertise in the field of plastic surgery, particularly breast augmentation surgery.
  • A ‘Fellow’ of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. FRACS
  • Most up to date techniques for fat transfer or fat grafting to the breast.
  • Warm, engaging and down to earth and is highly regarded by her patients and team.

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Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Call or Email to request more detailed information
  • Organise a free phone call with Patient Advisor
  • Organise a Virtual consultation

What to bring to your Consultation

  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly

How to Book your Initial Consultation

  • A referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral.
  • Book a consultation with Dr Rebecca Wyten by paying the $300 consultation fee.
  • Email us or call the team 1300 264 811 to arrange an appointment and consult with Dr Wyten for further advice.

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