Hoodectomy Clitoral Hood Reduction


A Hoodectomy is a procedure employed to eliminate surplus tissue from the clitoral hood, which covers the clitoris. This superfluous tissue is delicately and precisely excised and may occasionally be performed in conjunction with a labiaplasty (reduction of the labia).

Procedure Time:

1 hour

Return to Work:

2 - 3 days

Full Recovery:

3 - 6 months




What to expect

Here are some things you can expect when considering a clitoral hood reduction:

  • Consultation: The process typically begins with a consultation with a consultant or gynaecologist who specializes in genital surgery. During this consultation, you can discuss your concerns, goals, and expectations for the procedure. The surgeon will evaluate your anatomy and medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate.
  • Surgical Procedure: A hoodectomy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia with or without sedation. The surgeon will make incisions to remove excess tissue from the clitoral hood while preserving the sensitivity and function of the clitoris. The specific technique used may vary depending on the individual’s anatomy and the surgeon’s expertise.
  • Recovery: After the procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the genital area. Pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed to manage pain and reduce the risk of infection. You may need to refrain from sexual activity and strenuous physical activities for a few weeks to allow for proper healing.
  • Results: The results of a clitoral hood reduction are typically visible within a few weeks to a few months as swelling subsides. The goal of the procedure is to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance while preserving or enhancing clitoral sensitivity and function. However, individual results can vary.
  • Risks and Complications: Like any surgical procedure, a hoodectomy carries some risks, including infection, scarring, bleeding, and changes in sensation. It’s essential to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon to minimize these risks.
  • Follow-up: You will have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or complications that may arise.
  • Sexual Function: While the goal of a hoodectomy is typically cosmetic, some individuals may experience improved sexual sensation and pleasure due to reduced clitoral hood size. However, this outcome is not guaranteed, and results can vary from person to person.

It’s crucial to have a thorough discussion with your surgeon about your expectations, potential risks, and any concerns you may have before undergoing a clitoral hood reduction. Additionally, make sure to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who specializes in genital surgery to ensure a safe and successful procedure.