Labia Majora Plastic - Outer Labia

There are great variations in the intimate area, and nothing is abnormal. Operating the intimate area only to imitate a desired appearance is not recommended. It is only when it gives you discomfort in terms of hygiene, physical challenges such as during exercise and especially cycling, tight clothing etc., or injuries that have occurred after birth, as well as psychological and/or intimate conditions (discomfort during intercourse), that you can get help to correct this with a plastic surgeon. For example, there may be asymmetry between the sides, or they may be too large or small, which may cause discomfort in the above categories.

In some women, the labia majora (the outer labia) are abnormal in size. They can be too big, too small, or asymmetrical. Some suffer from this and want to correct it. The procedure can be corrected either by contouring, fat injection or surgery. In principle, correction of the labia majora should not leave a scar.

If you have asymmetry or a lack of fullness without much excess skin, your own fat can be used to correct this. Small amounts of fat are harvested from a selected area such as stomach and is transplanted into the labia through tiny incisions. The wounds are only taped, and the operation is relatively short (approx. 1 hour).

It can be assumed that around 30% of the inserted fat will disappear within 4 months. We take this into account and transplant some more fat to give a satisfactory result. In some cases, more than 40% of the fat disappears. We therefore have a guarantee where we transplant new fat free of charge within 1 year if there is a medical indication.

A labia reduction is performed if you have loose skin that you do not want to fill with your own fat, but rather remove surgically for tighter outer labia. This method leaves little visible scar as the sting is on the inside of the labia after the excess skin has been removed. We have received no feedback and late injuries or complications after such interventions and experience many satisfied patients.

Pre-Operation preparations

To get optimal results and avoid complications: Avoid stress, stay out of the sun, eat healthily, keep your weight within a normal BMI range, exercise regularly, and refrain from alcohol for 2 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Please refrain from smoking/snoozing for at least 2 weeks before surgery and a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery as smoking can interfere with the result.

Before surgery

You must ensure your personal health on the day of surgery. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are in doubt, as we may have to postpone your surgery therefore saving you a journey to our clinic.

Prior to surgery you will have received a prescription for antibiotics, pain killers and Hibiscrub 40 mg/ml which are all available from your local pharmacy. The day before surgery you must shower using the Hibiscrub and again on the day of the procedure immediately
before surgery. Use a clean towel for drying and put on clean clothes when you leave home and change the sheets on your bed.

YOU MUST NOT EAT ANYTHING 6 HOURS BEFORE SURGERY, but you may drink water and light juice (not milk) and chew gum up to 4 hours prior to your surgery. You may take necessary medication/s with a sip of water on the morning of the operation.

Please decide for an adult friend to pick you up after surgery, as you will not be able to drive or take a cab alone. We also advise you to have a responsible adult person staying with you during the first 24 hours.

Taking medications prior to surgery:

It is very important that you stop using the following medications 2 weeks before surgery: Acetylsalisyre, Albyl, Albyl-E and other medications that cause extended bleeding as Ibux, Alka-Seltzer, Antineuralgica, Asacol, Artrizin Alka, Brufen, Butazolidin Alka, Codacetyl, Confortid, Dispril, Dispril med kodein, Doloxene Forte, Denobid, Felden, Fenylbutazon, Gamaquil Comp, Globentyl, Globoid, Indocin, Kodein-Magnyl, Kodifen, Licyl, Magnyl, Magnyl-Koffein, Mundisal, Napren, Naprosyn, Novid, Novid with koffein, Paraflex Comp., Tanderil, Vitamin E, and Selen, Tricycliske antidepressiva.

We also recommend you omit
Garlic, evening primrose oil, Gingko Bilabo, Aspirin and any drug containing blood thinners.

The above products are known blood thinners therefore not beneficial when you are having surgery.For Marivan we have individual arrangement. Please request this information on your consultation.

Day of Surgery

After a final discussion with your surgeon the planning process will begin. You will be photographed, and markings will be made on your surgical areas. At this stage you will have time and the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have forgotten so that your surgeon can reassure you that he fully understands your goals and expectations.

You will be introduced to your anesthetist (who will be happy to discuss any fears or issues you have regarding your anesthetization). You will also meet your theatre nurse.

The sedation which you are given in your arm is a quick and painless procedure and you will fall asleep very quickly.

You should be ready to go home within 1 hour following surgery and remember to arrange for someone to pick you up. You should have adult company with you for the next 24 hours to assist you with general tasks, so that you can relax and take it relatively easy.

We will provide you with the cell phone numbers to call us should you feel the need, but this is very rare. We just need to reassure you that we are there for you 24 hours a day.

After Surgery

We will require you to come to the clinic for a follow up check. WITH ALL SURGERY THIS IS IMPORTANT AS YOUR SURGEON NEEDS TO SEE HOW YOU ARE SETTLING.

We do not recommend you fly for 48 hours post-surgery. You may feel nauseous and tired in the hours following surgery. It is important to take your painkillers and drink enough fluids.

You may experience dizziness if you get up quickly from a chair or perhaps when you are lying in bed, so be sensible, take it easy and move slowly. This is quite normal following surgery and should pass within a couple of days.

Follow ups will be carried out at the clinic/alternatively through phone or video consultation:

1 day after surgery, after 1-2 weeks, after 3-6 months and finally after 1 year when our guarantee to you is completed.

Bleeding and infection are unusual and if they do occur, they may need to be treated with a small operation and/or an antibiotic.  Asymmetry, incorrectly placed implants, or the formation of hard capsules” capsular contracture” can also occur. If corrections are needed, they will be scheduled free of charge within one year after your surgery. Anesthesia allergy is extremely rare.

If correction is necessary due to complications or unsatisfactory results, this is done free of charge within one year if there is a medical indication and a clear potential for improvement. This is our warranty period.

Heavy physical exercise and strenuous body movement or lifting must not be undertaken for a minimum of 4 weeks following the surgery.

The results will emerge between 3 to 6 months following surgery.

Pick-up and accommodation

If you live some distance from the clinic, we recommend that you spend one night in or near Oslo Plastic Surgery Clinic so that our caring staff are on hand to reassure you should any issue arise, that will cause you concern.

You must agree in advance with a person to pick you up at the clinic approx. 1 hour after the end of the operation, as you cannot drive, take public transport or taxi alone. You should also have someone with you the same day and the first night.

If you live far from the clinic, we recommend that you spend the night in Oslo, either with family / friends or at a hotel.

Hotels near Oslo Plastic Surgery:
-Frogner House Apartments, Bygdøy Allé 53. Website: https://frognerhouse.no (We have an agreement with Frogner House Apartments).
-Hotel Gabel’s Hus in Gabel gate 16. Website; www.nordicchoicehotels.no

Contact form

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Dr. Amin Kalaaji

The responsible physician is Dr. Amin Kalaaji, senior physician MD, specialist in plastic surgery and head of clinic at Oslo Plastic Surgery, and head of the Norwegian Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (NFEP) 2018-2020.

Dr. Kalaaji holds many positions and gives lectures and training around the world. This benefits all our patients as he is always up to date on the latest and most advanced treatments and surgical techniques.

Patient safety, high quality and individual treatment always weigh the most at Oslo Plastic Surgery.


Oslo Plastikkirurgi answers here frequently asked questions, and we hope that this will give you good information. We want to be helpful in the process before an operation. If you have more questions, just write or call us.

An indication for undergoing an operation may be that the outer/inner labia cause discomfort in terms of hygiene, physically such as when cycling, training, clothing etc., the labia twist and come into contact during intercourse, as well as psychological and/or intimate conditions that one can get help to correct this surgically.

Normally, you can exercise carefully after 4 weeks.

You can work normally after 1-2 days if you do not have hard physical work. Consult your doctor about this at the consultation just in case.

All patients must have a consultation before the operation. The consultation is conducted by our experienced plastic surgeon who will confer with you and your medical condition and motivation for surgery. An examination is then performed, and the surgeon assesses a possible operation.

If you are suitable for the procedure, you will receive information about the procedure, precautions for the time before and after the procedure, and you will receive answers to your questions.

In a consultation you get a prescription for antibiotics, possibly painkillers and Hibiscrub solution 40 mg / ml which you can buy at the pharmacy.

You must be healthy on the day of surgery. If you are in doubt about whether you have a cold or the like, you must contact us. The operation is not performed when you have the flu and / or fever or cough or other infection in the body. Our staff will receive you and together complete you for the operation, the surgeon looks at you before the procedure and draws up the planned procedure, as well as answers your questions. Anesthesia staff also come to greet you and answer your questions. After the operation, you will be served food and plenty of drinks in the form of bread, yoghurt, and juice (tell us if you want another diet / have allergies).

In Norway, it is not allowed to show before and after pictures from cosmetic procedures during marketing or on the clinic’s website. However, we can show great pictures from previous patients when you come for a consultation with the surgeon. This can be very helpful when choosing the shape and size of the implant, and it can make it easier for you to imagine a result. We do not send photos.

We have a 1-year warranty. If correction is necessary due to complications or unsatisfactory results, this is done free of charge within one year if there is a medical indication and a clear potential for improvement. This is our one-year warranty agreement.

The operation does not provide grounds for sick leave, but we can issue a doctor’s note/certificate for the time you are at the clinic.

Patients undergoing surgery are given sedation to fall into a light sleep during surgery, with the patient breathing on their own. In addition to local anesthesia where the procedure takes place. Then you will not experience pain during the operation.

An intervention causes mild pain over a short period. Many describe the pain as mild soreness. You will receive pain-relieving tablets to take home with you, and you will have a manageable course after surgery.

Surgery where the outer labia are reduced or enlarged, minimal scars are left, and after approx. 6 months be difficult to see with the naked eye.

Many patients take approx. a week off from work. This is because it is a little sore, and because there is a bandage/bandage that needs to be changed. In addition, it is important to take it easy to avoid bleeding or other complications. You can normally start using tampons, exercise and have intercourse after approx. six weeks.

You will receive a detailed description of wound care and hygiene measures after the operation, as well as a prescription for antibiotics in advance and by careful cleaning with a hand shower you avoid complications after the operation.

It may feel painful after the operation, and you will therefore find it painful to sit on hard surfaces for the first few days.

It may feel painful after the operation, and you may therefore find it uncomfortable to move a lot. Many will prefer to take it easy right after an operation.

The operation takes about 1 hour, depending on what is being operated on. If you are going to undergo several interventions, it will take longer.

After the procedure, you will lie in our postoperative room until you wake up. Here you will be able to lie until you feel well enough to go home. You will be served something to eat and drink. Most stay here for around an hour.

Normally it takes approx. six weeks before you can have intercourse again.

The risk of intimate surgery is, as with all other surgery, bleeding, bruising and infection in addition to reduced sensitivity in the scar. Some have also reported pain/discomfort in the scar for quite some time after the operation. You will receive information about the procedure, risks and expected results during the consultation.

1. For the first 48 hours, it is very important to keep the area dry and clean. Do not shower, and when you urinate you can use a soft cloth/cotton to push very lightly upwards 2-3 times. Remember to wipe from front to back, so that bacteria from the rectum does not come against the sutures. Remember not to wear tight pants or panties, and ‘air’ the abdomen as much as you can in the first few weeks.

2. In some cases, the surgeon advises if you must use Jelonet and Q-tips to lubricate, and remove any smegma that forms in the folds, to keep the area clean.

3. On day 3, you can start washing yourself once a day. It is then important not to let the shower stand directly against the abdomen, but that you let the water run down from the pubis/lower abdomen. Do not use soap, but only lukewarm water. You can use Hibiscrub if you wish. Don’t be afraid to touch between the folds and wash well but do so with a light hand and don’t try to remove sutures/wounds with your fingers.