The clitoral hood is a protective fold of skin covering the clitoris.
Clitoral hood reduction is a procedure which reduces the thickness and length of this skin in order to increase clitoral stimulation and sensitivity during sexual intercourse.
The skin covering the clitoris is present at birth. In certain women, the clitoral hood may be thicker or longer, leading to possible hygiene issues. Furthermore, this excess skin can seem disproportionate in size and make the genitalia less visually appealing.
In short, reducing the clitoral hood can:
- help with hygiene
- reestablish aesthetic proportions
- enhance sexual pleasure in women.
What does the surgery entail?
The excess tissue is removed from the clitoral hood and its shape is carefully sculpted. The incisions are then closed using melting stitches, which the body absorbs in approximately two weeks. Once you have fully healed, the scars will be practically invisible.
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Frequently asked questions
As with any surgery, clitoral hood reduction is associated with minor risks of postoperative bleeding and infection.
In general, sensation in the genitalia is not altered by this surgery. When resuming sexual activity following a normal recovery period, certain women may temporarily experience slight sensitivity during sexual intercourse. The clitoris is not affected by the surgery; sensation should therefore remain intact.
A clitoral hood reduction is a minor procedure which can easily be done under local anesthesia, just like a trip to the dentist.
Patients heal in the days following the surgery and are therefore able to return to work. Sports are generally resumed about two weeks after the surgery. However, certain physical activities may cause discomfort in the areas affected by the operation beyond the initial two-week recovery period. To ensure you heal properly, it is therefore recommended that you avoid sexual contact with vaginal penetration for the first four to five weeks following the procedure.
Depending on the correction required, this minor surgery may last from 50 to 75 minutes.
Proper hygiene following surgery is instrumental in ensuring that the wound heals well. You can clean your genitals delicately every day in the shower, letting the soapy water run off your body. However, you must avoid taking a bath during the first three weeks following surgery.
Generally, the cost of a clitoral hood reduction is $3,895. When the procedure is combined with a nymphoplasty, the cost is $6,090. However, additional charges may apply if the patient has a particular condition or if different surgeries are combined.
PLASTIC AND AESTHETIC SURGEON
Dr. Mario Luc
PLASTIC AND AESTHETIC SURGEON
Dr. Marie-Pascale Tremblay-Champagne
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