What is a clitoral hood reduction?
A clitoral hood reduction – also referred to as clitoral hoodectomy – is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of the clitoral hood (prepuce). This results in the clitoral glans being more exposed. This procedure is often done in conjunction with a labiaplasty.
How is a clitoral hood reduction performed?
The clitoral hood reduction procedure aims to improve the aesthetic appearance while maintaining all functionality.
Prior to the procedure, you will be given a local anaesthetic, which means you will feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. However, if you do not wish to be awake for the procedure, you can undertake the procedure using Centre for Surgery’s ClearSleep™ anaesthetic.
The whole procedure should take around one hour.
There are numerous different methods for completing the clitoral hood reduction. These include:
- Bilateral excision: the prepuce tissues which cover the clitoral glans is cut, with the glans in the middle being maintained.
- Excision of redundant folds: as the name suggests, the redundant folds of the clitoral prepuce tissue are cut away. In this instance, the incisions are made parallel to the long axis of the clitoris.
The clitoral hood reduction is often performed as part of a labiaplasty, which involves reshaping the labia minora. If you combine surgeries, the procedure time may be approximately two hours.
What is the recovery period like?
After having a clitoral hood reduction, it is normal to experience some swelling and bruising. You may also experience some pain and discomfort. Your surgeon will be able to give you medication to take if you need help managing pain levels. Ice packs can be used to help reduce swelling.
Most people will need to take at least two to three days off to recover from surgery.
You will have sutures in place, however, these will dissolve over the following few days.
You should wear a sanitary pad for the first week to help with any bleeding. Any rigorous physical activity – including any sexual intercourse – will have to be avoided for one month.
Are there any risks with this surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, clitoral hood reduction carries certain rare risks. Risks associated with this procedure include:
- Wound separation
- Reactions to the anaesthetic
Centre for Surgery takes all relevant precautions to ensure that the likelihood of risks occurring is minimal.
Frequently Asked Questions about the clitoral hood reduction
Are there any age limits for surgery?
You will need to be 18 years or older. There is no upper age limit.
Am I a suitable candidate for surgery?
You will need to meet our age requirements. You will need to be in good physical and mental health. You will need to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to the procedure and be able to not smoke throughout the recovery process. You will also need to ensure you know the risks associated with the procedure and have reasonable expectations of the outcome. You will need to be undergoing the procedure for the right reasons; we do not offer this procedure to someone who is undertaking it for someone else’s benefit.
Will I have scars?
Any procedure involving an incision will result in a scar. While you will have a scar, it will be more prominent after surgery and will fade in colour and size over time. Scarring will be very minimal and will not be noticeable to others.
When can I start exercising again?
This will vary from person to person, however, we recommend you avoid vigorous physical exercise for at least one month.
When will I notice the results?
You will be able to notice results immediately. However, you will be able to notice the final result once the swelling has gone down, which will be after a few weeks.
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