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Some women can have a thickened skin (prepuce tissue) over their clitoris. Although it is similar to the male foreskin this thickened skin can reduce sexual pleasure of the patient by interfering with stimulation and decreasing sensitivity of the clitoris. Development of this thickened clitoral hood can be as a result of hormonal issue, ingesting steroids or genetics. Clitoral Hood Reduction, aslo known as Hoodectomy, is the surgical reduction of this excess and thick skin.


Hoodectomy is a simple out patient procedure that generally takes 30-40 minutes and performed under general anesthesia. It is also often carried out in conjunction with vaginoplasty or labiaplasty. As the clitoral and labial tissue is blood and collagen rich and well supplied they heal rapidly after the surgery, however patients should follow up with the pre and post-operation instructions of their surgeon to guarantee the best recovery. Patients can experience a temporary mild discomfort and swelling within few days following the surgery. Patients should also avoid all physical exercise and sexual activity for up to 6 weeks according to the surgeons instructions.


Patients who have undergone this procedure will experience an improve in their sexual function and pleasure and also feel more comfortable with their vagina’s aesthetic look.


The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.

Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long­ term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.

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