Enlarged clitorious condition before and after
A clitoral hood reduction also known as a hoodectomy, clitoral hoodoplasty, or clitoropexy, is a surgical procedure to reduce the overall size and length of the skin that forms your clitoral hood. This procedure decreases the protrusion of the clitoral hood, improving the appearance and making it more proportional to the rest of your outer genitalia. It can be performed alone or in combination with a labiaplasty.
The goal of clitoral hood reduction surgery is to improve the appearance of the clitoral hood without affecting its function. The excess folds or length of the tissue is trimmed, making it appear less prominent, while also leaving enough skin to properly protect the clitoris. This is not only enhances the visual appearance of a woman’s pubic area, but it also serves to improve s-e-x-u-a-l pleasure by making the clitoris more accessible.
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Before Clitoral Hood Reduction Surgery
What is a Clitoris?
Before launching into a description of the surgery itself, it may be of interest to understand the function, location, and description of the female clitoris.
The clitoris is a woman’s primary and most complex erogenous zone. The head (glans) of this tiny body part is estimated to have more than eight thousand sensory nerve endings – twice as many as the glans of a penis. Though its sensitivity and size can differ from female to female, it normally resembles a pea or small pearl. When aroused by oral or manual stimulation, the clitoris becomes engorged much the same way the male penis does, thus enabling a woman to achieve orgasm.
In order to more easily picture the location of the clitoris, simply imagine the nude frontal view of your pubic area. What you are looking at in your lower region is called the vulva. The cushioned ridge you feel beginning halfway down from your navel is the mons veneris. As you continue to move downwards, it separates into two cheek-like mounds that are separated by a vertical opening with lip-like tissue. Those lips are called the labia majora.
By gently pulling apart the labia majora, you will expose two more inner lip-like flaps of tissue on the left and right. These are labia minora. At the base of the labia minora, leading up to the anal opening, there is a small bony ridge called a perineum. At the upper tip of the labia minora, that small tube-like protrusion is the clitoral hood. Peeking out through, or hiding inside the opening of that hood is the tip of the clitoris.
The entire clitoris itself is about 4 inches long, but, as explained earlier, the head – or glans, is small, roughly the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil, and it is extremely sensitive to touch.
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Why would a woman need a Clitoral Hood Reduction?
Because the size, shape and thickness of the clitoral hood differs from woman to woman, this procedure is not always done for medical reasons alone. It can also be done for aesthetic purposes to give the vulva a neater, trimmer look.
In some cases, the clitoral hood may be extremely large, inhibiting access to the clitoris, thereby preventing the achievement of s-e-x-u-a-l gratification. A thick or large hood may also cause friction against clothing which can lead to soreness, redness or inflammation.
Often, a woman with an enlarged hood may also have large labial lips that protrude in a manner she may find unsightly. Both the clitoral hood and the labia, if quite prominent, can sometimes create obvious bulges that can be seen outlined against close-fitting outerwear. Women may opt to cosmetically correct prominent labia through a procedure called labiaplasty at the same time as they undergo a clitoral hood reduction.
Who should undergo Clitoral Hood Reduction?
A Clitoral Hood Reduction is beneficial for women who have:
. Enlarged clitoris
. Protruding clitoris
. Clitoris with an abnormal projection, such as when the clitoris is rotated in an awkward position.
. Incorrectly positioned clitoris
A clitoropexy aims to adjust the appearance of the clitoris to make it look as normal as possible, regardless of the cause of the enlargement. It has a high success rating and is considered as one of the least invasive types of genital modification procedures for women.
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Risks of Clitoral Hood Reduction surgery
As with any type of medical procedure, clitoral hood reduction surgery has risks, though they are rare. Choosing an experienced surgeon and following the post-surgical instructions closely can help to reduce these risks, including:
. Under or over resection of the clitoral hood
. Intense pain or discomfort
. Inflammation or numbness after several days
. Any foul odor or unusual discharge
. Nerve damage
. Loss of sensation
If you experience any of the above issues, be sure to talk to your surgeon to ensure that you have a safe, healthy recovery and are left with the results you desire.
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During Clitoral Hood Reduction Surgery
If performed alone, clitoral hood reduction surgery takes about an hour, and is an outpatient procedure typically performed using local anesthesia. Your surgeon will begin by making an incision in the clitoral hood, where they will be able to access the excess tissue, removing it and reducing the protrusion of the skin above the clitoris. The incision is then closed using dissolvable sutures.
After Clitoral Hood Reduction Surgery
After your procedure, you may experience mild swelling and bruising in the area, as well as some temporary discomfort. This can be alleviated by (following our simple post op instructions including topical and over the counter medications). It is recommended that you rest for at least three days before returning to work and other daily activities, and avoid strenuous exercise or intercourse for at least a month following the surgery. Initially, there may be some numbness or loss of sensation, but this is also temporary and will resolve once the swelling subsides.
Within the first 1-2 days after the surgery, applying a cold pack (s) to the general surgical site to decrease swelling is possible. A cold pack with ice in a plastic bag is not recommended, because the moisture and steam from the plastic bag may potentially cause inflammation and infection.
The material (s) used is the suture which dissolves slowly (within 4-6 weeks). However, for some women, the suture takes longer than 6 weeks to completely dissolve, consequently causing irritation. For women who experience itching caused by the dissolving sutures and the process of healing, they will be prescribed antihistamine to control the itching.
After 1-2 days of the surgery, you are allowed to take a shower, you should clean the surgical wound and the perineum area with soap daily, when you are taking a shower in the morning and before bedtime. After you took a shower, you should use a warm dryer for 10-15 minutes around the surgical wound to keep the area dry for at least one more week.
After the surgery, you may have all kinds of food, but should refrain from alcoholic drinks, pickled food, and smoking for about 2 weeks.
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You may see some results immediately after your surgery, but the full extent won’t be completely visible until the swelling has diminished. Once you’ve healed completely, you’ll be able to be intimate with your partner without feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your genitals. You’ll experience less irritation when you wear certain types of clothing, and maybe even increased sensation during s-e-x. Results are considered permanent, but may be affected by pregnancy and childbirth.
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