Labiaplasty Post-Op Concerns- Itchiness, Stinging Pain and Swelling Normal?

I had Labiaplasty surgery about 3 and a half weeks ago and over the past 2 weeks ive noticed alot of itching that is keeping me up at night, i have a perscription cream but that seems to be only a temporary fix, I also noticed a stinging pain and it is very irritated and a little swollen, is this all normal??

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Labiaplasty Post-Op Concerns

Definitely contact your surgeon to rule out yeast infection or bacterial infection.  Always take probiotics when you take antibiotics.  Your irriation may be part of the normal postoperative course.  Suture removal may provide relief.  The sutures are dissolvable but removal at two weeks often provides great relief for your symptoms.  Also consider that your activity level and garments could aggravate the irritation and swelling during the first 6 weeks.  Take care.

Columbia Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty Post-Op Care

Swelling should be decreasing three weeks following labiaplasty surgery.  If you feel that there is increased redness, irritation or swelling at this point you should see your surgeon.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Itching and swelling after labiaplasty

Dear Katharina,

you need to see your doctor to be examined ASAP. There are several causes of itching after labiaplasty, but my main concern would be that you do not have any infection.

your question was asked 18 days ago, so hopefully, you have seen him/her since.

Good luck with your recovery.

Florence Mussat, MD

Florence Mussat, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Itching and Stinging After Labiaplasty



Itching a few weeks after labiaplasty is not uncommon as your hair grows back. Stinging pain is very unusual. A trip back to your surgeon is in order to have that evaluated. Swelling can be a sign of a problem at this stage as well. It should be coming down. Get to your surgeon.


Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty post-op expectations

Barring a yeast infection, itching (without "cottage cheese-like" disharge) is rather typical 2-3 weeks after most surgeries.  It is a sign of ongoing healing caused by the release of certain chemicals of the body such as histamine.  Thus an anti-histamine such as benadryl can be quite helpful but can also be sedating for most people.  Before assuming this is all it is, I would strongly recommend following up with your operating surgeon first so s/he can take a look.  Best of luck...RAS

Ryan Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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