Labiaplasty Infection

Updated November 21, 2016

Labiaplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery that serves the purposes of labia reduction and beautification. Labiaplasty is often performed in conjunction with vaginoplasty, which is the rejuvenation or tightening of the vagina. Essentially, labiaplasty reduces the size of the labia majora or labia minora, or corrects irregularities and asymmetrical labia.

Labiaplasty is performed primarily for aesthetic reasons, though occasionally when the labia are too large they can cause discomfort and irritation. Sexual intercourse can be very painful for women with enlarged labia to the point where it is unbearable and labiaplasty is the only resort. Tight-fitting clothing can also be uncomfortable for a woman with a larger labia.

Be Proactive

Avoiding labiaplasty infection begins with choosing a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon. There are websites available that show malpractice records and court cases currently pending for plastic surgeons. Reputable plastic surgeons are accredited by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Potential labiaplasty patients should ask their plastic surgeon for a list of testimonial patients. Plastic surgeons often have a list of past patients willing to give recommendations and testimonials.

Post Labiaplasty

Do not wait until an infection appears; instead, treat the area carefully and cleanse it daily. It is normal to have some swelling and pain after labiaplasty surgery. This pain and swelling should only last a few days; if swelling or pain persists, contact your surgeon immediately.

Twenty-four hours after the surgery, the area should be cleansed with mild soap daily.

Sexual Intercourse

A labiaplasty patient should avoid sexual activity for four to six weeks after the surgery to avoid an infection.

Continued Care

For one to two weeks after the surgery, the labiaplasty patient should wear a sanitary towel. This will collect blood and drainage as well as prevent any infection in the labia. The sanitary towel will ensure the vagina only comes into contact with a sanitary surface.


Labiaplasty infection risks can range from bleeding to scarring and infection. Infection can be caused by the self-dissolving soluble sutures used after the surgery. Labiaplasty infection can also be caused by not keeping the vagina clean after the surgery. Many times women are in pain after the surgery and cleansing the area is even more painful. Due to the pain, women often don't cleanse the area and a labiaplasty infection emerges.

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