Labiaplasty

If you have concerns about the size and shape of your labia, you are not alone. Whether due to childbirth, aging, or genetics, many women undergo external vaginal rejuvenation or labiaplasty. At our New Orleans practice, we see women who want to enhance their comfort during intimacy and others who simply want to feel better about the way this part of their body looks. At the MODERN Plastic Surgery & Medspa, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters can elevate your comfort and confidence with labiaplasty surgery.

On this page, you will find answers to all your questions about labiaplasty, including how the procedure is performed, its benefits, what to expect during the recovery process, and more. You deserve to feel confident from head to toe, and we look forward to helping you make that goal a reality.

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What Is Labiaplasty?

The decision to pursue labiaplasty is a highly personal one, as your body is unique and there is no “correct” way for a vulva to look. However, you may benefit from the surgery if you:

  • Are unhappy with the shape or size of your vaginal lips due to childbirth, aging, genetics, or physical trauma
  • Experience discomfort, pain, irritation, or itching
  • Want to be able to wear more revealing outfits, such as tight pants, swimsuits, and leggings

Candidates should be nonsmokers (or willing to quit) who are in generally good health. While labiaplasty will not affect your ability to get pregnant, Dr. Walters recommends waiting until you are done having children, as future births may compromise your results.


What Are the Benefits of Labiaplasty?

Labiaplasty offers both aesthetic and functional benefits, including:

  • More confidence in what you wear and how you feel
  • Increased sexual comfort and enjoyment
  • Overall better vaginal health and hygiene

Dr. Walters often performs labiaplasty as part of a mommy makeover, which offers additional benefits to women looking to reclaim their bodies after having children. This combined procedure may be right for you if you would also like to address changes to the breasts and body common after pregnancy.


How Much Does Labiaplasty Cost in New Orleans?

The cost of labiaplasty at our New Orleans practice varies depending on the complexity of the procedure. Because each procedure is customized, it is difficult to quote a price without discussing your unique treatment plan. After you consult with Dr. Walters, we will provide a personalized pricing estimate of your expected costs.


Will My Labiaplasty Cost Be Covered by Insurance?

In most cases, labiaplasty is considered an elective cosmetic procedure and does not qualify for insurance coverage. While the surgery may relieve discomfort, insurance providers, unfortunately, do not typically recognize the procedure as medically necessary.

What To Expect During Your Labiaplasty Consultation

Our goal is to empower you during the consultation process by providing all the tools you need to make informed decisions on your aesthetic journey. To that end, we take a two-step consultation approach:

  1. Your Phone Consultation: You will start with a phone consultation with our patient care coordinator to help you get the most out of your in-person labiaplasty consultation with Dr. Walters. Our coordinator will help you uncover questions to ask the doctor and provide more information on pricing, scheduling, recovery, and other treatments that may be right for you.
  2. Your In-Person Consultation: You will meet with both Dr. Walters and our patient care coordinator in our beautiful office space for your thorough in-person consult. Dr. Walters will evaluate your concerns in a private consultation room and have an in-depth discussion with you about your customized treatment plan. The goal is for you to be well informed and one step closer to attaining your cosmetic goals. We want to help you feel and look amazing.
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Jules Walters, M.D.

Dr. Walters draws from his exceptional training, experience, and skill to create beautiful, natural-looking results. His credentials, integrity, and patient-centered approach, make him one of the most highly rated plastic surgeons in the New Orleans, LA, area. 

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How Is Labiaplasty Performed?

Dr. Walters performs many labiaplasties in our on-site procedure room using a local anesthetic and oral sedation. He performs more complex procedures at a local surgery center, typically the AAAHC-accredited Houma Outpatient Surgery Center, while you are under general anesthesia.

Dr. Walters typically uses today’s most advanced labiaplasty technique, known as the wedge technique. In this approach, he cuts away a triangular area of skin and excess folds from the labia minora before stitching the tissue closed. This technique results in the most natural-looking results possible with minimal noticeable scarring. Dr. Walters prefers this over the trim technique, which trims away the natural edges of the labia.

How Is Labiaplasty Performed?

  • Removes a wedge-shaped section of tissue
  • Maintains the natural edge of the labia
  • Preserves smooth contours of upper labia near the clitoris
  • Does not remove darkened edges of the labia

Trim Labiaplasty

  • Trims off tissue with linear incisions
  • Creates a new linear edge of the labia
  • May leave unnatural-looking scarring or tabs of tissue near the clitoris
  • Removes darkened edges of labia

How Long Is Recovery After Labiaplasty?

Expect to return to desk work and other light daily activities after about a week. You will need to refrain from sexual activity and tampon use for at least 4 to 6 weeks to avoid irritating your treated area. Your results will begin to take shape as swelling subsides, around the 6-week mark, with final results appearing after about 3 to 6 months following your procedure.

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Post-Op Experience

Our care for you continues long after you leave the office. Your recovery experience includes:

  • 24/7 Follow-Up Care: Dr. Walters will call to check on you after surgery. You will also have his personal cell phone number to reach him at any time.
  • Lymphatic Massage: We will refer you to a local massage therapist for a manual lymphatic drainage protocol starting 1 to 3 days after surgery.
  • Post-Op Garments: We will send you home with any post-surgical garments you need.
  • Scar Therapy: We offer scar gel, scar sheeting, and laser treatments to reduce visible scarring.
  • Accommodations & Transportation: We work with certified nurses in the area to provide transportation and overnight care services, if needed.
  • Guidance & Support: Your helpful patient care coordinator and surgical nurse will educate and advise you each step of the way.
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Is Labiaplasty Recovery Painful?

It is normal to experience some soreness, itching, and irritation in the initial days after labiaplasty surgery. However, Dr. Walters prescribes pain medication to keep you comfortable, which you can pick up in advance and take as soon as you arrive home. After the first week or so, you’ll likely be able to comfortably transition to over-the-counter pain medication.

You can apply cool compresses to your treated area on and off throughout the day to minimize swelling and discomfort.

Your Labiaplasty
Recovery Timeline

Day 1

Return home. Expect swelling, bruising, and some soreness.

Days 2 to 6

Limit activity and take it easy. Bruising and swelling peak.

Day 7

Return to desk work and light movement.

Weeks 2 to 3

Swelling and bruising dramatically subside.

Week 4

Sutures fully dissolve. Resume sexual activity and tampon use.

Week 6

Resume most exercise. The area is 90% healed.

Months 3 to 6

Residual swelling subsides and results take shape.

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Does Labiaplasty Affect Sensation?

Labiaplasty typically does not affect sensation as it does not involve the areas of the vulva where most nerve endings are concentrated. This is especially true for the wedge technique. The main difference you’re likely to notice is increased comfort and less irritation during intimacy and physical activity.


How Long Do Labiaplasty Results Last?

Labiaplasty results are generally very long-lasting. The natural aging process may create normal changes to your labia over time. However, labiaplasty is generally a one-time procedure, meaning you shouldn’t need additional treatments to enjoy your results for many years to come.

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If you would like to discuss your labiaplasty options with Dr. Walters personally, please request a consultation online or call (504) 517-6200. The MODERN welcomes people from Mandeville, Covington, Baton Rouge, Southern Louisiana, the Gulf Coast, and beyond.

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