Seven days is too soon to expect edema to resolve, worry that it will not or know your final result. Labia often swell quickly and asymmetrically early on for the first 2-3 days and varies widely from patient to patient. Sitz baths in warm water though good for cleaning and possible infection prevention can cause increased swelling. It can last several weeks to months and vary from day to day if you overdo it, eat a salty meal. Things you can try for early edema resolution: Low salt diet, arnica, bromelain, Ibuprofen. You should have a good idea of your final appearance by 3 months. I tell my patients, for most you are 85% of the way to your final result in about 3 months the rest takes up to a year.
Thank you for your question. Labiaplasty swelling can be very intense,
especially if accompanied by bruising or hematoma. The labial tissue can expand
quite a bit compared to other areas of the body, and it is not uncommon
for one side to swell more than the other. I generally tell my
patients that it will be weeks of swelling, with each week getting
better than the previous. I ask them to avoid anything that can induce
swelling such as strenuous activity or friction on the labia for upto
six weeks. I also recommend that they keep the labia fairly lubricated
(e.g. vaseline or aquafor) during the initial couple weeks when the
swelling is most intense. The end results should be fairly obvious
around the six week, and there can be intermittent swelling due to over
activity or too much friction for another six weeks.
It is indeed completely normal to have swelling a week after most any surgery including labiaplasty. It is also normal for the surrounding tissues to be swollen as well, even though they did not have any surgery done directly to them. Healing after surgery occurs in specific stages which takes months so be patient with "Mother Nature". Glad to help.
as it seems to take longer for genital swelling to resolve since its in a dependent area. Give yourself time and you can critique your results 2 months post-op. Allow your surgeon to help you through the recovery and let your surgeon know of any concerns, should they develop.
This is always an easier question to answer after a physical examination. It is quite typical for patients to be very swollen, even on her nonoperative side 7 days out from a procedure. If the swelling is relatively soft and can be compressed, it is likely just swelling and not a blood clot. This does indeed usually resolve by 3 weeks or so. Everybody heals differently though. I wish you the best of luck with this.
Thank you for your question. Patients differ in the amount of (edema) swelling after surgery and the amount of time for the swelling to resolve.
Most commonly, asymmetric swelling can be from hematoma ( collection of blood in the tissues), which may or may not require evacuation, infection, and irritation.
Most importantly is that your surgeon examines you on a regular basis until the swelling resolves. And yes, it can take several weeks for the majority of the swelling to subside.