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Clitoral hood reduction

The clitoris is the gland located at the top of the vulva, and is a vital part of female sexuality and pleasure. What many people aren’t aware of is that while it may seem as if it’s a small nub on the exterior of your genitals, it actually extends down into your vagina. The clitoral hood (or prepuce) is the skin that covers the outer part of the clitoris, and it is designed to protect the clitoris from friction. Constant rubbing of the clitoris can cause over-stimulation, pain, or desensitization, so the clitoral hood is an important part of female anatomy. In some women, the clitoral hood has excess tissue, creating discomfort or embarrassment at the appearance of your genitals.

Because excess skin on the clitoral hood can be a bothersome issue for women, at Cosmetic Gynecology and Aesthetics, we offer a procedure known as a clitoral hood reduction.

What is a Clitoral Hood Reduction?

A clitoral hood reduction is also known as a hoodectomy or clitoropexy, and is a surgical procedure to reduce the overall size and length of the skin that forms your clitoral hood. This procedure decreases the protrusion of the clitoral hood, improving the appearance and making it more proportional to the rest of your outer genitalia. It can be performed alone or in combination with a labiaplasty.

The goal of clitoral hood reduction surgery is to improve the appearance of the clitoral hood without affecting its function. The excess folds or length of the tissue is trimmed, making it appear less prominent, while also leaving enough skin to properly protect the clitoris.

What to Expect From Clitoral Hood Reduction Surgery

If performed alone, clitoral hood reduction surgery takes about an hour, and is an outpatient procedure typically performed using local anesthesia. Your surgeon will begin by making an incision in the clitoral hood, where they will be able to access the excess tissue, removing it and reducing the protrusion of the skin above the clitoris. The incision is then closed using dissolvable sutures.

At Cosmetic Gynecology and Aesthetics, we are a practice of women, for women. We understand the female anatomy, and the issues that women may experience due to problems with the function or appearance of their genitals. We strive to produce results that look and feel natural, using suture techniques that help to keep the tissue in the clitoral hood from bunching, thereby maintaining the natural contours of your genital area.

Results and Recovery

After your procedure, you may experience mild swelling and bruising in the area, as well as some temporary discomfort. This can be alleviated by (following our simple post op instructions including topical and over the counter medications). It is recommended that you rest for at least three days before returning to work and other daily activities, and avoid strenuous exercise or intercourse for at least a month following the surgery. Initially, there may be some numbness or loss of sensation, but this is also temporary and will resolve once the swelling subsides.

You may see some results immediately after your surgery, but the full extent won’t be completely visible until the swelling has diminished. Once you’ve healed completely, you’ll be able to be intimate with your partner without feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your genitals. You’ll experience less irritation when you wear certain types of clothing, and maybe even increased sensation during sex. Results are considered permanent, but may be affected by pregnancy and childbirth.


Risks of Clitoral Hood Reduction Surgery

As with any type of medical procedure, clitoral hood reduction surgery has risks, though they are rare. Choosing an experienced surgeon and following the post-surgical instructions closely can help to reduce these risks, including:

  • Infection
  • Asymmetry
  • Bleeding
  • Under or over resection of the clitoral hood

If you experience any of the above issues, be sure to talk to your surgeon to ensure that you have a safe, healthy recovery and are left with the results you desire.

If an elongated or overly large clitoral hood is affecting your confidence or self-esteem, we can help. Call our office today at 904-384-8023 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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