Labiaplasty is a safe, popular procedure to reduce the size of the labia minora (outer lips) for improved comfort and aesthetics. It is also an option for women who have trouble with genital hygiene due to overly large labia or asymmetrical lips. In addition, the reduction in labial size can lead to improved orgasms for your sexual partner.
While many patients are able to return to normal activities and exercise following the surgery, the dissolvable stitches will need to heal before you can begin having sex. It is recommended that you wait until you have had a full six weeks of healing before attempting sex. This will ensure that the incisions have matured and are strong enough to withstand sexual stimulation.
In the wedge technique, your surgeon removes a triangle-shaped wedge of tissue from the wide labia center to create a smaller shape. The trim technique, on the other hand, focuses on trimming the excess labia minora for a more refined look. Regardless of the method, your doctor will provide clear guidelines about when it is safe for you to have sex after your labiaplasty.
During the first month after your labiaplasty, you should avoid inspecting the surgical site, Parcells says. “Looking at the genitals after surgery can increase anxiety and make it harder for the body to recover,” she adds. Similarly, she advises her patients to refrain from rubbing and massaging the area, as this can cause irritation and inflammation. Instead, she recommends using a good-quality vaginal lubricant to help you through sexual activity and other physical activities while the incisions heal.