I had a labiaplasty 6 days ago but my bruising seems to have only appeared from day 4. Is this normal? (Photo)

My swelling is reducing though. But it is feeling bruised. I am to see the doc on day 9.

Doctor Answers 14

Delayed surgical bruising

This is common and usually of no concern.  However, I would just make sure your surgeon is aware as they may want to examine to be on the safe side.

You should heal just fine.

It can take several days for the bruising to appear

it is not unusual after any surgery, for the bruising to only appear after 4-7 days. it will take 2-3 weeks to go 

away and should be nothing to worry about.

good luck

david berman 

David E. Berman, MD
Sterling Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question.  Bruising can occur  after labiaplasty with the amount dependent in part based on the time since surgery.   I would recommend contacting the surgeon who performed the original surgery to evaluate your current condition.   Best of luck.     Jeffrey S. Palmer, MD, FACS, FAAP (Cosmetic Urologist -- Cleveland, Ohio)

Jeffrey S. Palmer, MD, FACS, FAAP
Cleveland Urologist
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The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

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It seems like you are healing quite nicely.  The bruising is normal and doesn't always happen.  Bruising can look worse before it looks better.  Be sure to inform your doctor with any sudden changes in your recovery.

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You have bruising with minimal swelling. This suggests that you do not have a hematoma. You should heal just fine and your bruises should resolve in a few weeks.

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