When the clitoral hood is too thick or long, it can cause embarrassment, especially if it is not addressed at the time of a labiaplasty. Fortunately, women in Marin County, San Francisco, and beyond have discovered that the innovative clitoral hood reduction, from Plastic Surgery Associates, can improve the overall appearance, which is often associated with increased confidence.
The Clitoral Hood Reduction
The prepuce protects the clitoris and keeps the area moist. However when thick or abundant, it can negatively affect a woman’s daily life. Some patients feel it impacts their erotic sensation.
Also known as a hoodectomy or clitoropexy, the clitoral hood reduction is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate the bulky tissue covering the clitoris. The procedure reduces volume of skin, without adversely affecting the nerves in this sensitive area. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales are among a handful of board certified plastic surgeons, experienced in restorative procedure of the female genitalia, providing the specialized technique for clitoral hood reduction.
An Ideal Candidate for a Clitoral Hood Reduction
Most clitoral hood reduction patients present for labiaplasty. The excessive length of the labia are generally the focus of their complaints, and many have never heard of or thought of the procedure before. However, if a labiaplasty is performed alone, and a heavy clitoral hood is not addressed the final result can look top-heavy and distorted. Prospective clitoral hood reduction patients should understand the corrective surgical procedure, commit to the necessary recovery requirements, and hold realistic expectations for their recovery process.
Before scheduling a clitoral hood reduction, a private consultation will be scheduled with Dr. Furnas or Dr. Canales. At this time, the surgeon will get to know your concerns and goals before performing a physical evaluation. The clitoral hood reduction will be explained in detail, including the pros and cons of surgery. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will have photographs of patients who have undergone the same technique. After answering any remaining questions, the doctors will determine if a clitoral hood reduction is the right technique, and if so, they will create a custom-tailored treatment plan. In some cases, adding an additional procedure, such as a labiaplasty or vaginoplasty, will help to obtain ideal results,
The Clitoral Hood Reduction Procedure
The surgeons at Plastic Surgery Associates perform their clitoral hood reduction procedure in the adjacent surgical suite, using general anesthesia. The technique will take about an hour, depending on the specific patient and whether any additional procedures are to be included.
First, Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales determine the tissue to be removed. Using a tailor-made incision shaped according to your anatomy, the bulky, extra prepuce tissue is excised. The surgical goal is to improve the appearance of the genitals, without adversely affecting the function of the clitoris, creating proportion to the prepuce. Once the desired results have been achieved, the surgeon will then place absorbable sutures along the clitoral hood, ensuring proper healing.
What to expect when recovering from a Clitoral Hood Reduction
The recovery from a clitoral hood reduction will take from one to two weeks. At first, women may experience mild to moderate tenderness and swelling, however these will decrease over the first week. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales have developed their own, meticulous technique for clitoral hood reduction ensuring little to no injury to area nerves.
Many women find they are ready to return to work or school in 2 – 7 days, depending on if a labiaplasty or other procedure is performed at the same time. Strenuous activities will need to be postponed for several weeks. Sexual activity should not be resumed for at least four to six weeks, or until approval has been given by the surgeon.
As only a portion of the prepuce is removed, there will be sufficient tissue remaining to properly cover the clitoris. This ensures a low incidence of complications, without over-correction.
Schedule Your Consultation With Plastic Surgery Associates
For more information on the clitoral hood reduction from Plastic Surgery Associates, contact a patient coordinator in Napa Valley at 707.537.2111 or in Marin County at 415.895.5032. We will be pleased to answer your questions and address your concerns regarding female genital surgery. During your consultation, the exact price of your surgery will be determined. At this time, we will review payment options, including medial financing through CareCredit.
Clitoral Hood Reduction FAQ
What is a clitoral hood reduction?
The clitoral hood reduction is an out-patient surgical procedure, designed to eliminate excessive tissue (prepuce) covering the clitoris. The procedure can improve aesthetic appeal of the genitals, as well increase sensitivity during intimacy.
Where will my clitoral hood reduction procedure be performed?
Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will perform their clitoral hood reduction in one of their personal surgical suites. The technique is out-patient surgery, getting women back home the same afternoon.
How long is a clitoral hood reduction procedure?
Depending on the individual patient, and any additional procedures to be included, a clitoral hood reduction normally takes about an hour to perform.
When can I return to work after my clitoral hood reduction?
Most patients are back to work in 2-7 days, depending on if a labiaplasty or other procedure is performed at the same time.
What are the potential complications and risks from a clitoral hood reduction?
As with any surgical procedure there is always a small risk of unexpected bleeding, hematoma, infection during a clitoral hood reaction. While rare, there is also a chance for under or over correction. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales are board certified plastic surgeons, with extensive in female genial surgery, ensuring patients the safest and most effective outcome.
Clitoral Hood Reduction at a Glance
|Purpose:||To reduce the excessive skin of clitoral hood, or prepuce, covering the clitoris.|
|Procedure:||Once the excess tissue has been determined, Dr. Furnas or Dr. Canales will create a tailor-made incision or incisions, depending on the anatomy. After the unwanted tissue has been excised, absorbable sutures are placed for proper healing.|
|Recovery:||The clitoral hood reduction is an out-patient procedure. Most patients are back to work in 2-7 days, however swelling and tenderness may persist for several days. Sexual activities should be postponed for four to six weeks.|
|Results:||The clitoral hood reduction has a 90% satisfaction rate, as women are pleased with the improved aesthetics of the vulva. The results from a clitoral hood reduction are permanent.|
|Related Procedures:||Vaginoplasty, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Labiaplasty|