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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS