What is a Clitoral Hood Reduction?
A clitoral hood reduction is a procedure that is done to make the clitoral hood, or the fold of tissue that covers the clitoris, smaller and more aesthetically pleasing. An enlarged clitoral hood can cause friction, especially during exercise. Many women seek out a clitoral hood reduction each year, as it can bring you the confidence and the sexual satisfaction that may be missing in your life.
Why Do Women Want a Clitoral Hood Reduction?
There are a variety of reasons that women may seek out a clitoral hood reduction. One of those reasons is due to the enlarged clitoral hood being visible through clothing, making women feel self-conscious. If this is the case, there is good news: a clitoral hood reduction is a great way to reduce the look of the clitoral hood, so that there is no longer a visibility issue.
Another problem that many women have with an enlarged clitoral hood is the decreased sexual satisfaction due to the clitoral hood being enlarged, thus reducing the sensation of the clitoris. By reducing the clitoral hood, the clitoris becomes more sensitive and can bring increased satisfaction to the woman. It can also make the area more aesthetically pleasing.
What is Involved in a Clitoral Hood Reduction?
A clitoral hood reduction is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the removal of excess tissue from the clitoral hood. It reduces the amount of tissue surrounding the clitoris. Using a CO2 laser, two small, bilateral incisions are made on either side of the clitoral hood, and then the tissue is either removed or tightened with the use of dissolvable sutures. The CO2 laser is used to help minimize bleeding and infection risk.
The procedure itself usually only takes about thirty minutes, so it can be performed along with other vaginal rejuvenation procedures, such as a labiaplasty, or on its own. Local anesthesia and light sedation are provided to the patient in order to help them relax.
Recovery After a Clitoral Hood Reduction
Recovery after a clitoral hood reduction is generally short and easy on the patient. Since very little pain, discomfort, or swelling is involved in the procedure, you will often find yourself able to return to work or daily activities after a few days. Keep in mind that it is best to refrain from sexual activity for at least six weeks, keep the area clean with a spray bottle of water, and use a numbing cream for any pain during the first few days. If you are interested in learning more about the clitoral hood reduction procedure or are thinking of finding out if you are a candidate, call the office of Dr. Ghozland today!