As if puberty and childbirth weren’t challenging enough, your vagina and the surrounding areas are in for many more changes as you age, especially after menopause sets in. And many women are typically uninformed and unprepared for the realities of the aging that occurs in and around their vagina. Today we’re discussing some of those changes and treatment with labiaplasty in Scottsdale.
Following are some of the most common ways a women’s vaginal area changes.
- Vulvovaginal Atrophy: At some point, women can begin to experience VVA resulting from the ongoing loss of estrogen that comes with menopause and perimenopause. The labia often become less distinctive, and the vulva loses its plumpness.
- Vaginal Changes: VVA affects the vagina as well as the vulva. The loss of estrogen can result in rather dramatic changes in the function and appearance of the vagina. The vaginal opening and the length of the vagina can shrink.
- Infection: Without estrogen, the flora of the vagina changes and the tissue around the urethra is thinner, so women become more prone to urinary tract infections.
- Prolapse: Approximately thirty to forty percent of women experience some amount of prolapse. There are many different kinds – uterus, bladder, urethra and the top of the vagina. While it may not hurt, prolapse can be upsetting to many women.
Labiaplasty surgery can help!
Undergoing labiaplasty surgery is an extremely personal decision, but once you’ve decided that the procedure is right for you, you may have some questions about what recovery from labiaplasty will be like.
Fortunately, labiaplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure; both the surgery itself and the recovery period take a minimal amount of time compared to more invasive or involved surgeries.
To keep you reassured through every step of the way, we’ve prepared this list of four things you should keep in mind for your recovery from labiaplasty surgery in Scottsdale.
1. Mild Pain After Surgery: The labiaplasty surgery will be performed with anesthesia, and you will feel little to no discomfort, but some mild post-op pain will most likely occur. Operating on a sensitive area like the labia will cause some discomfort. You will be given medication to help with your symptoms after your surgery, which you should take as instructed by your surgeon.
2. Swelling and Bruising: It is almost guaranteed that you will have swelling and/or bruising for a few weeks following your labiaplasty in Scottsdale. If you experience discomfort while urinating, you can ease the pain by running warm water over the affected area as you urinate. Icing the affected area can also help reduce swelling.
3. Feminine Hygiene: In order to minimize discomfort, you should wear loose-fitting underwear and clothing. Tighter clothing can cause rubbing, which will hurt and extend recovery. Additionally, avoid using tampons during recovery – instead use pads and liners until your gynecologist indicates otherwise.
4. Refrain from Sex: For six weeks following your surgery, you must abstain from sexual intercourse. After this time has passed, you may resume sexual activity as comfort permits, but consult with your gynecologist to be safe.
While patients can typically return to work in as little as two to five days, the full recovery and results of your labiaplasty surgery won’t be complete until four to six months afterwards. Be patient, follow all your surgeon’s instructions, and you will be pleased with the results!
Want to know if labiaplasty surgery in Scottsdale is an option for you? Call our office today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss the procedure and your goals.