Is Moderate to Intense Pain 5day Post Op Labiaplasty Normal?

I had labiaplasty via trimming method on Friday. I had quiet a bit of excesses to be removed. I am 5 days post op and feel no progress is being made. I am still having severe burning, aching, and swelling. Standing up causing major discomfort. I have no abnormal discharge and the vagina looks to be healing okay even though the labia is uneven on both sides due to swelling. I am really wondering what is wrong since I feel no improvement with pain. Please help!!

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Is Moderate to Intense Pain 5 day Post Op Labiaplasty Normal

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Thank you for your question.  A photo would be helpful.  You should not be experiencing the pain your describing after 5 days.  Swelling will occur in the first week and can be asymmetrical.  Make an appointment with your surgeon for an examination.   Best wishes. 

Healing: early after labiaplasty

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Generally, patients are able to walk comfortably within a few days and can return to work within a week. Swelling can persist for several weeks.
Patients return to most normal activities immediately after surgery with the exception of activities that will create direct pressure on the area, such as certain exercise equipment and sexual activity. It will be necessary to refrain from these forms of physical activity, including sex, for approximately 4-6 weeks.
Postoperative care will usually consist of sitz baths or soaking the area in warm soapy water starting approximately 2 days after a surgery. The sutures will dissolve over the course of several weeks. Swelling can persist for two or three months. Ice can help reduce swelling. Ice may help

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Pain and swelling

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Some pain and swelling is normal after surgery, particularly when the correction is more extensive, but I would recommend see your surgeon for a followup just in case everything is okay.

Labiaplasty recovery and pain level

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Discomfort and pain levels may vary from person to person after labiaplasty.  I would first check to see if there are alternate pain medicines you can use and also schedule an early visit with your labiaplasty surgeon to check the incision. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Pain 5 days after trimming labiaplasty

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Pain 5 days after a trimming labiaplasty is common and should eventually subside. However, it may take a prolonged period for the pain to totally go away. The pain should gradually subside. If not, please see your surgeon in the near future.  In general, trimming labiaplasty technique is a more painful recovery than a wedge technique.  


Dr. Gary Alter


Gary J. Alter, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Trim Labiaplasty Pain at 5 Days

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    Patients who have had trim labiaplasty at 5 days may be anticipated to have pain.  The pain should get better over the next week or so if the healing is uneventful.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Moderate to Intense Pain 5 day Post Op Labiaplasty Normal?

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In general, this sounds like it could be within normal limits after this surgery.  This part of one's anatomy is, of course, extra-sensitive and so it's not surprising that surgery in this region is associated with greater-than-average discomfort.  There should, however, be at least a little improvement with pain so if you have any concerns you should contact your surgeon.  The overall trend should be "getting better" even if you don't see that yet; you can think of the recovery process as "Two steps forward, one step back."  Hang in there.

Dr. E

Moderate Pain 5 day Post Op Labiaplasty is Normal

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Sorry to hear you are having discomfort after the procedure, but it is to be expected after labiaplasty surgery.  The first 7-10 days are typically the worst with swelling, bruising, throbbing and pain of the area.  The symptoms usually improve greatly between 2-3 weeks.  We usually have our patients return to normal activity around 3 weeks including working out, but letting pain be your guide.  We recommend refraining from sex for 4-6 weeks after the procedure.  It is important to keep your follow up appointments with your plastic surgeon to make sure everything is healing up well in this post operative period.

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Pain following labiaplasty

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I routinely tell my patients that they will "hate" me for the first week after a labiaplasty. There will be pain, swelling and itching. I find that at 7-10 days these symptoms get markedly better, and by 2 weeks almost all of the severe symptoms are gone. Of course, all patients are different and I will perform two labiaplasties in a day and the first patient will be fine and feel great in a few days and the second will be more like you and unhappy for a week. Eventually everyone recovers, so be reassured that your symptoms are normal at this time.


Daniel Medalie

Pain after labiaplasty

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It is normal to have some pain after labiaplasty, especially at 5 days out from surgery. If the pain seems out of proportion to what's expected, I would see your surgeon sooner rather than later to make sure you don't have any bleeding under the skin, or early infection. Generally speaking the pain gets better each day.  If you have a lot of bruising, it takes time for this to go away and the area can be sore in the meantime. Close follow-up with your surgeon is a good idea just to be safe.

Anita Patel, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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