Clitoral Hood Reduction
A clitoral hood reduction, also know as a hoodectomy, reduces the length and projection of the skin around the clitoris. This procedure can be done for various reasons, but is typically done to enhance stimulation during sexual activity or reduce excess skin that causes discomfort while exercising or wearing certain clothing.
Clitoral Hood Reduction
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About the Procedure
The clitoris is a small, sensitive area on the upper portion of the vulva that some women find pleasurable to stimulate during sexual activity. With age, pregnancy, childbirth, and fluctuations in weight, the skin surrounding the clitoris can become elongated, covering the clitoris and reducing sensitivity. For some women, an enlarged clitoral hood can be uncomfortable when wearing tighter clothing or exercising. Other patients are born with a clitoral hood that keeps the clitoris hidden, making it difficult to stimulate. A clitoral hood reduction reduces the size of the skin surrounding the clitoris for increased comfort, enhanced stimulation, and improved aesthetics. During the procedure, patients will only require a local anesthetic but may be given an oral sedative for increased comfort. The patient will lay comfortable on a table with the legs spread apart. The incisions will vary from patient to patient depending on the goals of the surgery. If the patient’s anatomy only requires a greater exposure of the clitoris with no skin excision, an incision will be made to in the center of the clitoral hood, extending the length of the prepuce and lateral folds of the vagina. If a clitoral hood reduction is being performed in conjunction with a labiaplasty, the incisions for the labiaplasty may simply be extended into a “Y” shape to reduce redundant skin above the clitoris. Other patients may only require skin excision to reveal a hidden clitoris. Dissolvable sutures will be used during the procedure. Most patients are able to resume normal activity within a few days and penetrative sex within 1 month.
The goal of a clitoral hood reduction is to eliminate the excess folds of the clitoral hood, or prepuce.
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.
- Do not take any blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol for at least 2 days prior
- Local anesthesia with sedation
- Incisions vary depending on the patient
- Some patients may only need an incision in the center of the clitoral hood to better expose the clitoris
- Some patients may have a clitoral hood reduction as an extension of a labiaplasty
- Some patients may only require skin excision to reveal a hidden clitoris
- Dissolvable sutures to close incisions
Following a clitoral hood reduction, it is normal for patients to experience some mild swelling, discomfort, or bruising. It is recommended to take 2-3 days off from your daily routine including work and exercise. Resume normal activity as tolerated however refrain from sexual activity for 1 month.
The ideal candidate for a clitoral hood reduction has difficulty stimulating the clitoris or is unhappy with the appearance of the clitoris.
Not Recommended For
Cllitoral hood reduction is not recommended for patients who are seeking to treat pyschosexual dysfunctions such as inability to achieve orgasm or low sex drive.
Side effects from a clitoral hood reduction can include redness, swelling, tenderness, and discharge.