Normal To Have Itchy Vagina 3 Weeks After Labiaplasty?

Hi, I had a labiaplasty 3 weeks ago and I'm happy with the result so far. My concern is that I feel an itch or even an ache you could say on my vaginal entrance and slightly in my vagina.. Considering only my labia was done I'm wandering is this normal?? Also not all my stitches are dissolved which I thought by now they would be. Thanks

Doctor Answers 10

Post op itchiness

There are a variety of reasons why you might feel some itching post-operatively.  The most important cause to rule out and the easiest to treat would be a yeast infection potentially resulting from the use of antibiotics at the time of surgery.  Probably best to follow up with you plastic surgeon.  Best of luck.

Postoperative course after labiaplasty.

This is pretty common after labiaplasty. The healing process can take several weeks depending on what technique was used. Always be sure to check with your surgeon to make sure  there is nothing to be concerned about. There are some OTC sprays you can use to help with this problem. 

Cheri Ong, MD, FACS
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Itching after Labiaplasty

3 weeks after labiaplasty, it is very normal to have itching.  This is likely from the dissolvable sutures.  I recommend following up with your surgeon to ensure that all is healing well.  Good luck!

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Itching after labiaplasty

Thank you for your question.  Itching is probably the most common side effect of the procedure.  This is often from the sutures as they dissolve.  Most of the time we use quick absorbing sutures because we don't need them hanging around for several weeks. The sutures can be removed if they bother the patient, but often it is more painful to remove them that to let them go away on their own.

Brian C. Reuben, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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Itching after labiaplasty

It is normal to feel itchy after a labiaplasty for several weeks.  This can be caused by irritation from the sutures as they are dissolving, normal healing or a yeast infection that can commonly occur after using antibiotic ointment in the vaginal area.  If you are having any kind of discharge an anti fungal can be prescribed by your surgeon.

Adam Hamawy, MD
Princeton Plastic Surgeon
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Itchy after Labia Minora Reduction?

Thank you for the question.

Some itchiness along the suture line after labia minora reduction is quite normal. An itch or ache on the vaginal entrance is not necessarily normal after the labia minora procedure. If this itch/ache is accompanied by discharge you may be dealing with a fungal infection.

It would be best for you to be seen and examined by your plastic surgeon for accurate diagnosis/treatment.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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See your doctor


Labiaplasty patients vary in the post-operative period. Itching can be a problem with some. In some of those treatment with anti-fungals hastens the recovery. It has always been my opinion that post-operative follow-up with your surgeon is optimal. On sutures sometimes some of them require removal. This can also be easily addressed in post-operative visits with your surgeon.

Best Regards,


John Di Saia MD

John P. Di Saia, MD
Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Itching after Labiaplasty

Itching after Labiaplasty is most commonly caused by one of two things.  Either 1) part of the normal healing process as the tissues release the chemical histamine which causes itching as a "side effect" or 2) from a yeast infection which occurs secondary to taking oral or applying topical antibiotics to the area.  The only way to really tell is make a visit back to your surgeon for a direct exam.  Best of luck...RAS

Ryan Stanton, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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See Your Surgeon For PostOp Concerns

It would be best for you to go to your gynecologist or plastic surgeon who performed the procedure to see if it is normal healing, a yeast infection/overgrowth, or other cause. 

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Vaginal itching after labiaplasty

There are many possible factors.  Infection should be checked.  Yeast infection can occur from anitbiotics or even just the surgery .  Suture healing can create itching.  

Local care and creams can provide comfort.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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