Will severe swelling after labiaplasty go completely back? Or will the swollen area remain larger than its original size?(Photo)

I have had labia majora reduction and clitoral hood reduction for 7 days ago and have severe swelling on one of my labia minora, which I did not operate at all. The swelling has not in any way decreased yet and I can barely walk or sit. My doctor tells me he has seen cases like me before but that it will take another 3 weeks before I can expect to see a reduction. Is it possible that it will completely go back in size or is it physically not possible when having an abnormal swelling for so long?

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Swelling Expected Immediately after Labiaplasty

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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.

Labiaplasty swelling

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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.

Swelling after labiaplasty

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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.

Your swelling WILL go down...

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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.

Swelling after labiaplasty

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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.

Labiaplasty, swelling, recovery period

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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.

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