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Clitoral hood reduction, also known as clitoral hoodectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that entails reducing the amount of skin covering the clitoris, thereby facilitating sexual arousal, and making it easier for women to experience sexual gratification.

Is Clitoral Hood Reduction For You?

The clitoris is often compared to the penis for the way both function in sexual arousal. Like the glans of the penis, the clitoris also has a glans, or head, which contains a high concentration of nerve endings. When the clitoral head is stimulated, the clitoris becomes erect and engorged, again similar to a penis. This stimulation usually results in sexual arousal, and can sometimes lead to orgasm for some women.

Clitoral Hood Reduction involves surgically reducing the excess tissue surrounding or covering the clitoris. The clitoral hood or prepuce is the tissue that covers and surrounds the clitoris, the highly sensitive and arousing erectile tissue of the female. Enlargement of the clitoral hood can negatively impact sexual pleasure during sexual intercourse. In addition, women with an enlarged clitoral hood may also desire an improved cosmetic appearance.

But clitoral hood reduction surgery isn't just about sexual function.

Some women who have a larger clitoral hood may find snug clothing uncomfortable, or even a little painful.

In addition, the clitoral hood may even be visible through fabric, and can be a source of embarrassment for some women. Clitoral hood reduction can improve appearance, and do away with this discomfort.

Clitoral Hood Reduction can be a sensitive subject for many women. Rest assured that the Harley Street Surgery staff respects and strives to protect your privacy, and keeps all details of this—and any procedure you have at our clinic—strictly confidential.

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What to Expect

The procedure to reduce the clitoral hood is a simple, outpatient procedure where the hood is surgically incised and an adequate amount of tissue removed to allow for the clitoris to be stimulated easily.

This surgery is done with deep sedation and takes 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Following your surgery and stay in the recovery room, you will be able to rest in the comfort of your own home.

You should expect some discomfort, swelling, and a little bleeding for a few days following the surgery.

You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate discomfort, as well as a topical antibiotic to ward off infection.

While recovering, sitting in Epsom salt baths two or three times a week will promote faster healing, and will be very soothing.

You'll need to avoid swimming, using tampons, and wearing thong underwear for at least 4 weeks after surgery.

You'll also need to abstain from sexual intercourse for at least 4 – 6 weeks after the procedure.

You should be able to return to work the day after surgery.

Full recovery can take up to 6 weeks.

Your first follow-up will be scheduled two to three weeks after the surgery.

Harley Street Surgery of London has been on the forefront of medical and surgical innovation. We continuously offer patients the most cutting edge techniques in medical treatment. If you would like to learn more about how you could benefit from this treatment, please contact our office for a private consultation appointment.

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