Laguna Beach, CA
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August 8, 2012 1:18 AM
I often tell my patients that the period of time about two weeks after surgery is the most scary time. Tissues are puffy, look infected perhaps, sutures are falling out, there is a sticky
I often tell my patients that the period of time about two weeks after surgery is the most scary time. Tissues are puffy, look infected perhaps, sutures are falling out, there is a sticky discharge and it basically can look like a landmine exploded in your private parts. But do not despair, this is extremely normal and heals with time. Even firm areas such as you describe. These are just the suture lines that have sutures below it that keep your edges intact. The healing process results in local inflammation and tissue response of healing. the suture line gets firm since there may be rows of sutures under the skin. If you did nothing at all it gets softer at about six months post op. I tell my patients to relax and place estrogen cream on the surgical site and gently massage the suture line starting at about four weeks post op. If you do this for about two weeks your tissues will be softer and there will not be a scar felt. In all honesty, I have never seen a labial scar that was permanent. They all seem to soften with time, massage, and estrogen cream. So relax, do not panic, you will regain your normalcy and sex life back.
One more thing, use of ice packs to the surgical site immediately after surgery keeps the swelling down and is soothing to the area. Try that for some comfort.
Hope this helps.
Red Alinsod, MD