Some women can have a thickened skin (prepuce tissue) over their clitoris. Although it is similar to the male foreskin this thickened skin may 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, also known as Hoodectomy, is the surgical reduction of this excess and thick skin.
Hoodectomy is an out-patient procedure which may takes 30-40 minutes and performed under general anesthesia. It can also be carried out in conjunction with vaginoplasty or labiaplasty. 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.
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.