I has Labia Plasty as well hood reductions and my Clitoral hood is still swollen and I feel the same as it was on week 2 how long is it going to take for the hood and labia attached to the clit to stop looking hard and very large as i Noticed in pre op that area is usually very small?
Still Very Swollen 3 Weeks After Labiaplasty with Hood Reduction, Normal?
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Swelling after Labiaplasty with Clitoral Hood Reduction?
Thank you for the question.
Always best to follow-up with your plastic surgeon for direct examination of the area. Generally speaking, swelling after this type of surgery may persist for the first 4 to 6 weeks. This can be especially persistent when clitoral hood reduction is performed as part of the procedure.
It is common for swelling to last several weeks following a labiaplasty. Avoiding excessive activity may help to speed your recovery.
Because the labia tissue is so robust with blood supply it has an amazing ability to heal relatively quickly but it also swells a lot after surgery or trauma. Most patients are sore for 4-5 days before things start to get a lot better from there. Some patients can resume work before this time depending upon their occupation. No exercise for two weeks, no baths/jacuzzi or swimming for 3 weeks, and no sexual activity for typically 4 weeks. My patients are given an oral pain medication such as Vicodin but icing the area for the first 48 hours and applying some custom made take-home topical local anesthetic cream seems to work the best. I would say that about 70 - 80% of the swelling is gone by a month after surgery but it can take up to three months or so for every last bit of swelling to subside.
Most importantly I first recommend following up with your surgeon to see what s/he thinks. Best of luck...RAS