Labiaplasty 15 days ago - Is this normal? (photos)
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The difference between V-wedge and linear: when to do which..??
It is hard to adequately manage a significantly widened and redundent clitoral hood with a linear resecrion, and frequently it is only a V-Y wedge that produces the cosmetic & functional result envisioned. This is why it is wise, when you have a large hood that also needs management, to make sure that your surgeon is skilled in BOTH linear/trim and V-wedge modifications. Personally, I'd avoid any surgeon who ONLY does one type, as "...if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail..." You can do a V-Wedge on every patient, while there are a few anatomical variants that do not do well with linear/trim.
You may be one of these... Yes, there is a lot of redundant skin left when your surgeon tried to manage what possibly should have been a V-Y approach with a simple "trim." I'd counsel you to wait until you are 3-4 months post-op. "Live" in your new labia, and "use" them sexually and athletically, and see how you feel. If you still feel that not enough was removed, or that there are areas that protrude or irritate, consult both with your original surgeon, and at least one other person (cosmetic gynecologist or experienced plastic surgeon from this site...) and see what advice is proffered to achieve your hoped-for results. I have attached information comparing V-wedge with linear procedures...
Michael P Goodman, MDDavis, CA, USA
Your labia will go through a lot of changes over the next 6 to 8 weeks. Swelling will go way down and at that point you can access if this is the look you were wanting. You will most likely need some of the excess prepuce reduced for a thin strip of labia look. You can have this done at about 4 months.
Dr. Jennifer Hayes, DO, FACOOG
Cosmetic Vaginal Surgeon
The labia minora has a tricky blood supply and making the labia very small can be risky for wound healing problems and disfigurement and deformity. If your labia are still too big for your preference after all the healing is complete it is always possible to trim a little more (but you can't easily fix it if there is too much removed.)
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