What is a Clitoral Hoodectomy?

Clitoral hood reduction Dubai & Abu Dhabi, also termed clitoral hoodectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure for reducing the size and the area of the clitoral hood (prepuce) in order to expose the clitoral glans of the clitoris.

Clitoral Hoodectomy is a form of optional surgery where the primary goals are to improve the sexual functioning of the patient and the aesthetic modification of the vulva. The skin covering the clitoris can sometimes be in excess and as a result, decrease sexual pleasure. A procedure such as a clitoral hoodectomy that can be performed under local anesthesia can help to reduce and augment the appearance and, in some cases, the sexual function of the female genital area.

What is clitoral hood and its functions?

Clitoral hood is the small flap of skin that is connected to the inner lips at the front of the vulva. The clitoral hood surrounds and guards the sensitive tip of the clitoris. Clitorises vary in size but are usually around the size of a pea. Only the tip is visible, but the shaft has two parts that spread into the body on both sides of the vagina.

The clitoris has no function in reproduction but is the main pleasure center in female sexuality and has thousands of nerve endings. When stimulated, it fills with blood and becomes stiff. The clitoral hood protects this delicate gland from constant rubbing in everyday life.

How Clitoral Hoodectomy is performed at Clinic?

There are no rights and wrongs when it comes to how the genitals look. However, if a person is uncomfortable with the look of their genitals or if they cause problems in daily life, they can go for the surgical remedy. This includes clitoral Hoodectomy.

At DC Cosmetic surgeons often perform a clitoral Hoodectomy alongside labiaplasty, where they reduce the size of the outer lips. During the procedure, the surgeon eradicates any additional folds in the clitoral hood. They will then secure the wound, generally with dissolvable sutures.

Risks associated with Clitoral Hoodectomy:

Any surgery carries some risks, including bleeding and infection. Potential risks or side effects of clitoral hood reduction include:

  1. Nerve damage – Female genital area comprises of the high number of nerve endings, there is a risk that they may be hurt during the procedure. This can lead to too much sensation also known as hypersensation or a lack of sensation also known as hyposensation. Nerves do not redevelop once they are damaged, so any damage done during the procedure is permanent.
  2. Scarring – Scarring could lead to a loss of sensation (Hyposensation).
  3. Urine retention – Another potential side effect of clitoral hood reduction is urine retention, which may take place if scar tissue or labia fusion blocks the urethra. This can damage the kidneys and requires abrupt medical attention.

Recovery:

Recovering from a clitoral hood reduction varies. If the person has also opted for labiaplasty, then recovery is likely to take longer.

The surgeon will advise the patient not to lift anything for some weeks after the procedure. This will prevent excessive bleeding. The surgeon will also advise patients to avoid sexual intercourse during this recovery period.