just had labiaplasty yesterday. Is this normal?
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Swelling and bruising is normal
Swelling and bruising
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What to expect post-op Labiaplasty; all you need to know!
First I will answer you briefly. But-- forfull info on recovery, click on the link below for much additional info from my website. The last 2 blogs I've written are about recovery..!
The 2nd-5th/7th day after labiaplasty is usually marked by significant swelling and discoloration. It gets "bloated," purple, "knobby" & irregular and can look absolutely awful! Be patient and don't get too fearful. Ice the area for 15-20 minutes every 3-4 hours. Don't pull or tug at it. Rest!! Take ibuprofen 600 mg 3 X/day for 3 days if the swelling is significant. Somewhere around post-op day 5 or 6 the swelling & discoloration will begin to recede. It's best if your doc sees you for your first post-op check somewhere around day 5-10. It is also normal to have some light bleeding for 1-3 days, and for one side, or the clitoral area to be more swollen than the rest.
Danger signs: Brisk bleeding ("drip-drip-drip.."); incision wide open (a very small separation in some area is not unusual); one side WAY larger than the other, or a "goose-egg"; pain increasing after the first 24 hours. If you are unsure or worried, contact your surgeon; he/she may ask you to take a "selfie" and send it to him/her in order to better guide you on what to do...
Michael P Goodman, MD
In general most labiaplasty patients experience very little pain. The procedure should be done very meticulously and repaired with very fine smooth sutures. Some minor bruising is to be expected, but it should not be extensive. In most cases where there is a problem related to post surgical bleeding the area can become swollen and painful. Make sure to follow up with your plastic surgeon to discuss your concern.
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