Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure to alter female genitalia and is sometimes called labial reduction surgery. In most cases, women seek this surgery because their inner labia have become uncomfortably large, often as a result of genetics, childbirth, hormones, or aging. This can cause significant discomfort from the labia rubbing against clothing or can be a source of self-consciousness, often resulting in a loss of intimacy.

While many women may feel embarrassed to discuss their concerns, Dr. Hendrick is sensitive to the discomfort that women feel when approaching a surgeon for such intimate surgery. He will discuss your concerns with you thoroughly and put your mind at ease that you will be treated carefully and respectfully at all times. A labiaplasty can correct large labia minora that can cause physical discomfort and emotional stress.


Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure that can be performed using local anesthesia with or without conscious sedation, or general anesthesia. This surgery is highly individualized, so Dr. Hendrick will prepare you for everything that will happen before, during, and after your surgery.

When performing labial reduction, the excess skin is excised, and the skin edges sutured closed. In all cases, Dr. Hendrick tries to keep incisions as short as possible to minimize scarring and to provide the most natural-looking result.


After the procedure, you can expect some tenderness, swelling, and bruising. Pain medication will be prescribed to ease any discomfort. Incisions are cared for each day by cleansing the incision lines with mild soap and water, and any external stitches typically dissolve on their own.

For labial reduction, you may not need to take much time off from work. However, exercise, sexual intercourse, and the use of tampons should be avoided for a few weeks.

A full set of post-operative instructions will be provided to you prior to your surgery. Of course, feel free to ask any questions during your pre-operative visit.

Labiaplasty results are generally permanent. Stretching of the labia can still occur, but it should not be as extensive as prior to surgery.

Unless there is a medical reason for the surgery, labiaplasty is not covered by insurance.

Contact the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery today to find out more about expert labiaplasty.