Labiaplasty Side Effects By Anya Kishinevsky, M.D. on August 29, 2018

A woman in white underwearLabiaplasty is a plastic surgery that reduces and sculpts the folds of the labia. This may include the inner and outer folds of the vagina. Women may undergo the procedure for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of the labia. In other cases, women choose to undergo surgery due to discomfort. The procedure is safe and effective, but like all surgeries, labiaplasty does result in some side effects.

In this blog post, Dr. Anya Kishinevsky discusses common labiaplasty side effects that patients can expect to experience after surgery. Contact our Darien, CT practice today to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Discomfort at the Surgical Site

As with any surgery, patients generally feel discomfort at the surgical site immediately following their procedure. Post-operative pain and inflammation gradually subsides over the next two to eight weeks.

To facilitate tissue flexibility and aid in recovery, patients can do some vagical stretching excersises about six to eight weeks after the procedure.

While temporary pain is a common side effect after surgery, ongoing labial discomfort that persists beyond the usual healing period is rare.

Discomfort during Urination

Following your surgery, the labia will be more sensitive. As a result, women may feel discomfort when urinating. This side effect usually goes away about six to eight weeks after surgery.


Swelling is the body’s natural response to trauma, even that caused by cosmetic surgery. The inflammation develops when fluid and white blood cells move to the site of the trauma to help the body heal.

Swelling is at its worst in the first week or two after surgery. Over the next month or two, the swelling will continue to go down, revealing the final results of surgery.

Risk of Infection

Infection is a potential risk of any surgery and can be greatly reduced when you choose a qualified surgeon and follow post-operative instructions. Some steps you will be instructed to take to prevent an infection includes taking any prescribed antibiotics and cleaning the surgical site as instructed.

Patients should be on the lookout for the signs of an infection, including:

  • Excessively red or swollen tissue
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Discharge at the surgical site

If you have any of these signs of infection, you need to contact your doctor right away. An untreated infection can quickly enter the bloodstream, spread throughout the body, and require hospitalized care.

Find Out How We Can Minimize Labiaplasty Side Effects

The best way to reduce your already low risk of labiaplasty side effects is by choosing a reputable surgeon to perform your procedure. Learn more about Dr. Kishinevsky’s experience and how she can use it to help you safely achieve your body goals. Call us today at our Fairfield office at (203) 349-9490 or our Norwalk Office at (203) 347-0931. You can also reach out to us online.

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Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Anya Kishinevsky, M.D.

Board-certified surgeon Anya Kishinevsky believes in a completely personalized approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery. She holds several distinctions, has repeatedly been featured on Connecticut Magazine's list of Top Docs, and is a member of the:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Women's Medical Association

Learn for yourself why so many patients choose Dr. Kishinevsky for their care. Schedule a consultation at our Norwalk, CT, office online or call (203) 388-9919.

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