Clitoral Hood Reduction

A clitoral hood reduction (a.k.a. a hoodectomy) is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the tissue around the clitoris for aesthetic and/or functional concerns.

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

3 weeks

Permanence

Permanent

Application

Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$5500 - $17000

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The Specifics


What is a clitoral hood reduction?

A clitoral hood reduction (a.k.a. hoodectomy) is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the length and projection of the skin around the clitoris. Candidates may seek a clitoral hood reduction for sexual function or aesthetic concerns.

Excess skin around the clitoris can be due to genetics, aging, weight changes, pregnancy, and childbirth. Removal of tissue around and covering the clitoris can eliminate discomfort/chafing, improve sexual sensation, and enhance the aesthetic of the area. A clitoral hood reduction may be a component of other vaginal rejuvenation cosmetic surgeries like a labiaplasty (to alter the labia minora and labia majora) or vaginoplasty.

What cosmetic concerns does a clitoral hood reduction treat?

  1. Female Sexual Wellness: In a clitoral hood reduction, excess skin is removed, and the clitoris is more exposed to enhance sexual stimulation and alter the aesthetic of the genital area.
  2. Mommy Makeover: After pregnancy and childbirth, a clitoral hood reduction can be performed alone or as part of a larger vaginal rejuvenation treatment plan.

Who is the ideal candidate for a clitoral hood reduction?

The ideal candidate for a clitoral hood reduction is in generally good health and is seeking to reduce the tissue around the clitoris for aesthetic or functional concerns. A clitoral hood reduction is not recommended for those with psychosexual dysfunction such as low sex drive or anorgasmia.

What is the average recovery associated with a clitoral hood reduction?

Most candidates resume work and light activity within a few days after a clitoral hood reduction procedure. Exercise can be resumed after four weeks. Sexual activity should be limited for one month.

What are the potential side effects of a clitoral hood reduction procedure?

Possible side effects following a clitoral hood reduction include abnormal discharge, bruising, edema, bleeding, infection, tenderness, and unsatisfactory results.

What can someone expect from the results of a clitoral hood reduction?

The results of a clitoral hood reduction are immediately visible and permanent following the cosmetic procedure. Results may be affected by pregnancy and childbirth.

What is the average cost of a clitoral hood reduction?

A clitoral hood reduction procedure can cost anywhere from $5,500 to $17,000. The actual cost of a clitoral hood reduction is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

thumbs-upPros

  • Increased Sensation
  • Improved Look
  • Less Discomfort

thumbs-downCons

  • Infection
  • Wound Separation
  • Asymmetry

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


A clitoral hood reduction, also know as a hoodectomy, reduces the length and projection of the skin around the clitoris. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a clitoral hood reduction.

The Takeaway


A clitoral hood reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the skin surrounding the clitoris for improved aesthetic and function.

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  1. Sejal A Desai Vaginal rejuvenation: From scalpel to wands PubMed.gov
  2. Otto J Placik Female Genital and Vaginal Plastic Surgery: An Overview pubmed.gov; 2019-08-01
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