What should I expect during the recovery period after labiaplasty? January 24, 2023 For the first 24 hours following your labiaplasty in Houston, it is likely you will experience swelling and discomfort. Over-the-counter medications can aid in reducing your swelling and promoting your healing. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will also provide you with prescription medication that can help manage your pain. We recommend patients lay with a pillow under their buttocks and icing on and off for the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery. Because chafing is likely, Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks also recommends wearing skirts or dresses with nothing or extremely loose garments underneath. Patients return to work once chafing and swelling subside, about one to two weeks following surgery. Keep in mind, minor bleeding may continue for up to four weeks following your labiaplasty. Very small scars will likely manifest once your sutures dissolve and fully heal, about one month following your labiaplasty procedure; however, they will be very subtle and easily hidden. Most patients return back to their normal daily activities including chores, moderate exercise and driving, about four to six weeks following surgery. Sexual activity may resume at this time as well, provided that healing is progressing as normal. You’ll be able to see the full results of your labiaplasty about 6 to 8 weeks following your surgery, once you’re completely healed.