Many patients often ask how their menstrual cycles might affect the healing process after a labiaplasty surgery. This is a great question and an important one to consider while preparing for this treatment.
The simplest answer to this question is no, your menstrual cycle will not affect the healing process. However, there are a few factors you might want to keep in mind when scheduling your appointment and during your recovery. Scheduling your labiaplasty procedure soon after the last day of your menstrual cycle might make the recovery process a bit easier – sometimes mother nature adds extra inconveniences that you won’t want to be worrying about at this time. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Semira Bayati, recommends using only pads or liners when your period begins. As you will likely have stitches or sutures in the procedure area, it will be important not to insert anything into the vaginal canal. Abstaining from sex during the recovery process (generally 4-6 weeks) is also recommended. To maintain vaginal cleanliness, it’s recommended that you bathe in warm, soapy water or use a warm towel to gently dab the treatment area during the first two weeks.
Asking questions is a crucial part of the learning process, so if you have any other inquiries about this topic, please reach out to our office by phone or email.