Can swelling of the clitoral hood skin after labiaplasty result in permanent enlargement??! (photo)

It has been five weeks since I got my surgery and I am so afraid that the very swollen clitoral hood skin won't go back. my labia minora lips have subsided a lot but my clitoral hood skin used to be 50 % smaller than what it is. Because of the severe swelling I had to start with, my surgeon told me it will only go back 80%. Have you experienced permanent change after swelling with your patients?? Or should I expect that it will go down within the next month? Thank you for your time!

Doctor Answers 5

Persistent clitoral hood swelling

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The vulva does tend to swell rather intensely after surgery but resolves universally. It however can take as long as 6+ months so remain patient and follow your surgeons recommendations. Glad to help. 

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Clitoral hood swelling

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Thank you for your question. Labiaplasty and/or clitoral hood 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.

Swellingn after hood reduction/labiaplasty

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When standard techniques are used, swelling, as impressive as it may be, will subside with time.  Unfortunately no one can predict how long that will take.  Be patient and hope for the best.  And realize that if things do not heal to your satisfaction, revisions can be done but also realize that your swelling is more than average and that the marked swelling can again develop.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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I would expect your clitoral hood swelling to go down considerably.  However, it can take up to six months. If it remains too large, it can be reduced.

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Labiaplasty swelling after surgery

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Clitoral hood swelling is normal after labiaplasty. Our office specializes in labiaplasty surgery and we offer a BruiseFighter supplement to reduce swelling in the area after surgery. 

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