Does this look normal? (Photos)

Had the wedge method done. Towards the middle and I tiny wedge upper near my clitoris. This pic was taken almost 24 hours after surgery..the skin is pretty dark I can tell if it's bruised or not. Kind of feel pinchy and it's itchyyyy. Does it look like it's healing okay?

Doctor Answers 7

Swelling post labiaplasty

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Bruising and swelling are common after labiaplasty. Follow your surgeon's directions to minimize swelling and bruising and keep your surgeon advised of all your concerns. Your surgeon knows you best and has your best interest in mind. Best wishes. 

Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Labiaplasty: Postoperative Swelling

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Thank you for your question.  Swelling is common after labiaplasty with the amount dependent in part based on the time since surgery.  The final result will be seen after several months, which at that time one can evaluate if a secondary surgery would be recommended.  I would recommend contacting the surgeon who performed the original surgery to evaluate your current condition.  If you require a secondary procedure in the future, I would recommend an experienced genital surgeon even if that requires traveling.  

Best of luck.      

Jeffrey S. Palmer, MD, FACS, FAAP (Cosmetic Urologist -- Cleveland, Ohio

1 day post op

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Your symptoms are absolutely normal for a labiaplasty and its recovery.   Others have made great suggestions on RS for post operative care.  Best of luck with your healthcare.

John R Miklos MD

Atlanta ~ Beverly Hills ~ Dubai

OMG! My labia look like hamburger 1-2 days after surgery. What To Do?!

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What to do? Ice it every 3 hours. Take ibuprofen 600 mg (3 OTC tabs) every 6-8 hours for 4 days, lay down with pillow under your butt as much time as possible the next 3-4 days. "Baby it!" In the first 4-7 days it can swell and discolor amazingly! And of course, call your surgeon (you know, the one you PAID) and send her/him your photo. Surgical fees INCLUDE close follow-up. Please look at the video and weblink below.


Michael P Goodman, MD

Davis, CA, USA

Does this look normal the day after labiaplasty?

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Dear Expressurself91,

It is normal to have swelling and sometimes bruising after labiaplasty surgery.  This looks normal for the day after surgery.  Itching is also part of the healing process.  See my answer to your second question for post-op care suggestions.

Speedy recovery!


Troy Robbin Hailparn, MD, FACOG

Cosmetic Gynecology Center of San Antonio

Troy Hailparn, MD
San Antonio OB/GYN
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You look swollen, not bruised after your wedge labiaplasty

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You appear swollen. Bruising is darker. Swelling hurts, especially around the clitoris. Lying down with your butt elevated with a pillow helps. So do staying off your feet and taking anti-inflammatory pain killers. So long as the swelling is not increasing hour by hour, it should resolve on it's own. If that's not doing the job, call your surgeon.

Does this look normal?

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Thank you for sharing your question and photographs and congratulations on your labiaplasty.  Though your pictures demonstrate swelling and bruising of the tissues, your current appearance is normal for a day after surgery.  The incisions appear to be opposed and without any significant wound healing issues.  Due to the sutures used, and the development of scabbing, there can be a pinch feeling and itchiness that can develop during the recovery phase.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

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