After undergoing labiaplasty surgery, it’s crucial to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to promote proper healing and minimize the risk of complications. While specific guidelines may vary depending on your surgeon’s recommendations, here are some general things you should avoid doing after labiaplasty:
Strenuous Activities: Avoid strenuous activities, including heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, and sexual intercourse for the recommended period specified by your surgeon. Engaging in such activities too soon can increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and delayed healing.
Excessive Sitting: Prolonged periods of sitting can put pressure on the surgical area and hinder proper blood circulation, potentially leading to increased swelling. Try to limit extended sitting and take breaks to walk around if possible.
Tampons: Avoid using tampons during your menstrual cycle for the duration recommended by your surgeon. Instead, use sanitary pads or the menstrual products recommended by your surgeon to reduce the risk of infection.
Hot Baths and Hot Tubs: Stay away from hot baths, hot tubs, and swimming pools for a specified time after surgery to reduce the risk of infection. Stick to warm showers for cleaning the surgical area.
Wearing Tight Clothing: Wear loose-fitting, comfortable underwear and clothing to avoid unnecessary friction and irritation on the surgical site.
Alcohol and Smoking: Avoid alcohol and smoking during the recovery period, as these substances can impair healing and increase the risk of complications.
Over-the-Counter Medications: Consult your surgeon before taking any over-the-counter medications or supplements, as some medications can increase the risk of bleeding or interfere with the healing process.
Ignoring Signs of Infection or Complications: Keep an eye on the surgical site for any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, pus, or worsening pain. If you suspect an infection or experience unusual symptoms, contact your surgeon promptly.
Improper Hygiene: Follow your surgeon’s guidelines for proper post-operative hygiene, which may include gentle cleansing of the area with mild soap and water, patting dry, and avoiding the use of harsh products or scrubbing.
Ignoring Follow-Up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress, assess healing, and address any concerns or questions you may have.
Remember that everyone’s healing process is unique, and recovery times may vary. It’s essential to be patient and give your body the time it needs to heal properly. If you have any doubts or questions about post-operative care, don’t hesitate to reach out to your surgeon or their medical team for guidance and clarification. Following your surgeon’s instructions diligently can help ensure a smoother recovery and better outcomes.
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As one of the nation’s leading innovators in aesthetic surgery of the face, hand, breast and body, and a pioneer of reconstructive surgery and stem cell procedures, Dr. Richard Young is certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
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