Cosmetic Gynecology: Clitoral Hood Reduction Information
What is a clitoral hood reduction?
The clitoral hood, or prepuce, is the flap of skin that covers the clitoris. A clitoral hood reduction is a procedure to reduce the size of the clitoral hood by removing the excess tissue.
Candidates for a Clitoral Hood Reduction
Any woman with uneven or an enlarged clitoral hood may be good candidates for this procedure.
For some women, the clitoral hood is too large, and it covers the clitoris to the extent that it can't emerge from underneath the clitoral hood, even when it is stimulated during intercourse. When this occurs, the woman may have diminished ability to achieve an orgasm, which can severely limit her level of satisfaction with sex. Other women are not happy with the appearance of their clitoral hood and would simply like to reduce it for aesthetic reasons.
Our physicians are skilled in performing clitoral hood reductions, and can assess your suitability for the clitoral hood reduction surgery. We offer a no cost consultation to discuss your specific needs.
The Clitoral Hood Reduction Procedure
The clitoral hood reduction surgery is a fast and simple in office procedure that takes only about one hour. The physician makes an incision in the clitoral hood and removes a portion of the hood, allowing the clitoris to become exposed and stimulated during intercourse. This procedure may also improve the cosmetic appearance of the area, which can increase your confidence during sexual intercourse.
Many women who have an enlarged clitoral hood may also have large labias. The clitoral hood reduction is often performed in tandem with a labiaplasty, which is a procedure in which the physician reduces the size of the labia minora and/or the labia majora in a similar manner as a clitoral hood reduction. Our physicians will explain all of your options during your consultation, and help you decide which procedure or procedures are right for you.
Recovery after clitoral hood reduction
Most women return to work and daily activities within a day or so. Strenuous and sexual activities may be resumed after six to eight weeks, once your physician examines you and determines that you are fully healed.
The clitoral hood should heal without scarring or any visible evidence that you had a surgical procedure performed on the area.
Clitoral Hood Reduction Risks
A clitoral hood reduction does not affect the nerves that lead into the clitoris, so the possibility of nerve damage or diminished sexual satisfaction due to reduced feeling is unlikely. However, scarring may occur on the clitoral hood in rare instances. Additional risks include bleeding and infection as with any other minor surgical procedure.
The procedure can be performed on its own or combined with a labiaplasty and/or vaginoplasty.
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