Clitoral Hood Reduction

What is Clitoral Hood Reduction?

A clitoral hood reduction removes excess tissues from the clitoral hood, which is a fold of skin that protects the clitoris. Excess skin around the clitoris can be caused by many factors, including aging, genetics, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and childbirth. This procedure can also help to balance the appearance of the female genitalia.

Who is a Candidate?

Healthy individuals who are experiencing itching, burning or discomfort due to an enlarged clitoral hood can benefit from this procedure. The adherence of the clitoral hood to the clitoris itself can be a contributing factor to painful sexual intercourse.  In order to determine candidacy, individuals should schedule a consultation appointment.

The Clitoral Hood Reduction Procedure

This procedure is often performed at the time of a labiaplasty under local anesthesia with oral sedation or general anesthesia. A labiaplasty removes excess skin from the labia minora or majora to give the labia a more symmetrical appearance. During clitoral hood reduction surgery, excess tissue is marked, and the appropriate amount of excess skin is trimmed away. The wounds are often closed with dissolvable sutures.


Following clitoral hood reduction, patients can expect to experience some pain, discomfort, and swelling. Most people take a week off from work and physical activities. Most of the swelling will improve within six weeks, however, residual swelling may last for up to six months. To help reduce discomfort during healing individuals can apply a cold pack over their underwear for 20-minute increments, keep showers brief, pat dry when using the restroom (don’t wipe), wear loose-fitting clothing, and avoid sexual intercourse and tampon use for 4-6 weeks.

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Individuals who are experiencing symptoms associated with excess clitoral hood tissue may benefit from a clitoral hood reduction. Contact Tideline Center for Health & Aesthetics today to schedule a consultation appointment to learn more about this procedure and if it can benefit you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Clitoral Hood Reduction?

A Clitoral Hood Reduction is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the size of the clitoral hood, the fold of skin that covers the clitoris. It is performed to enhance comfort, and aesthetics, or to address functional concerns.

Why might someone consider Clitoral Hood Reduction?

Individuals may consider this procedure if they have an excessively large clitoral hood, which can lead to discomfort, reduced sensitivity, or difficulty during sexual activity. It is also chosen for aesthetic reasons to achieve a more balanced and symmetrical appearance.

Is Clitoral Hood Reduction a common procedure?

While it may not be as common as other cosmetic surgeries, Clitoral Hood Reduction is gaining popularity as more individuals become aware of its benefits. It is a specialized procedure and should be performed by a skilled surgeon.

How is the procedure performed?

Clitoral Hood Reduction typically involves making precise incisions to remove excess tissue from the clitoral hood. The surgeon then reshapes and sutures the area to achieve the desired results. The procedure is usually done under local or general anesthesia.

Is the result of Clitoral Hood Reduction permanent?

Yes, the results of Clitoral Hood Reduction are generally permanent. However, the aging process can still affect the appearance of the clitoral hood over time. Remember, individual experiences and outcomes may vary, so its crucial to discuss your specific concerns and goals with a qualified medical professional before deciding on Clitoral Hood Reduction.

What does clitoral hood reduction do?

Clitoral hood reduction removes excess skin from the folds around the clitoris. This creates a more aesthetically pleasing look for the female genitalia, and can relieve symptoms of itching and burning that result from excess tissue coverage.

What is the recovery process like?

Recovery time varies, but patients can typically expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for a few days to a week. Sexual activity and strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks post-surgery.

Are there any risks or potential complications?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks, including infection, scarring, and changes in sensation. Its crucial to choose a qualified surgeon and follow post-operative care instructions to minimize these risks.

Is Clitoral Hood Reduction covered by insurance?

Typically, Clitoral Hood Reduction is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. Patients should inquire about the costs and payment options with their chosen healthcare provider.

Will Clitoral Hood Reduction affect sexual sensation or function?

When performed by a skilled surgeon, Clitoral Hood Reduction should not negatively impact sexual sensation or function. In some cases, it can enhance sexual pleasure by exposing the clitoris more effectively.

How can I find a qualified surgeon for Clitoral Hood Reduction?

Its essential to research and choose a board-certified plastic or gynecological surgeon with experience in this procedure. Consultation with potential surgeons and reviewing their before-and-after photos can help you make an informed decision. At Tideline Health, we prioritize your safety and well-being. We have a team of board-certified gynecologists and urologists who specialize in these procedures.



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