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how much does a labiaplasty require in terms of recuperation?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Not much: Obvoiusly, you will be sore for several days but will be given pain pills to take. Sitz baths will also help. Because of the nature of the operation, most surgeons Prohibit their patients from engaging in intercourse for 4-6 weeks or so.
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Labiaplasty post op: Labiaplasty can easily be performed under twilight IV anesthesia and the procedure only takes a little over an hour. You should not have to take more than a few days off from work. However, ask your plastic surgeon about his guidelines for exercise and other activities.
Dr. J. Kyle Mathews
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Recuperation: I suggest patient keep ice packs on as much as possible for the first couple of days. After that, if swelling is minimal, they can resume light activity for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Pain is usually mild to moderat and pain medication may be required for the firs week. Labiaplasty may be performed under general anesthesia, i've sedation, or under local anesthesia.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Few days but 8 weeks: Most patients return to normal desk jobs within 5 days and many sooner. However unrestricted sexual activity and physical exertion is generally deferred for 8 weeks.
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Varies: If you just have external lip surgery, it is usually a week or two of minor discomfort when walking (related to how much swelling you develop.) sexual intercourse is off the table for a month or so and vigorous workouts are curtailed for the first few weeks depending upon how everything is healing.
Dr. Arthur Desrosiers
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Not much: Here in miami we are using a new technique intraop for anesthesia and the results are amazing-- 72 hours of less-pain postop -- many patients report 'zero pain' and are not taking any pain pills. In the past, most patients reported significant pain for 3 days after the surgery.
Dr. Anthony Brignoni
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
4-6 weeks: With proper technique labioplasty is a well tolerated procedure. If done alone discomfort usually is minimal. Patients will feel and look healed within 2 weeks. However because this is a delicate surgery using tiny sutures, patients have to be very careful for at least 6 weeks. There are special garments that help protect the area. You should be able to return to work within 3-4 days.
Dr. Bruce Genter
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Rest the area postop: You have to keep the vaginal area clean after surgery, and I have my patients apply antibiotic ointment. There should be abstinence from sexual activity and from heavy exertion for 6 weeks.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

I want to know how much on average a labiaplasty costs?

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Dr. J. Kyle Mathews
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Labiaplasty: The cost of labiaplasty can vary depending upon the extent of the surgery. As an example, labiaplasty minora usually cost from $3000 to $6000.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can I justify labiaplasty for sexual reasons?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Only if bothers you: Or partner. Very pendulous labia minora may appear unattractive or a turn off for you or partner, only have something done if pendulous labia are uncomfortable, interfere or painful with intercourse or they really just bother either of you. Surgery is really simple and ridiculously high fees charged by some so called "gyn plastic surgeons" are unjustified. Thus shop around if you decide in favor.
A 40-year-old member asked:

When would someone get a labiaplasty?

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Dr. J. Kyle Mathews
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Labiaplasty: Many women desire a reduction in the lips of the vagina, labiaplasty, because they cause discomfort during activities such as sports, bike riding, intercourse, etc. Other dislike the way they look in workout clothes, swimsuits, etc.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Will medicaid cover labioplasty?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: If as a cosmetic procedure or not medically necessary, then no.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Embarassing question about labiaplasty; I have sui. What will catch it if I dribble?

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Dr. J. Kyle Mathews
Urogynecology 33 years experience
Labiaplasty: Reducing the labia will not affect your sui. If you leak you will still need to wear a pad if your leaking is significant. By the way, your sui can be easily treated with a simple, safe, and effective procedure called a mid-urethral sling.

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