Hoodoplasty (Clitoral Hood Reduction)

The importance of aesthetics of our sexual organs for a better sex-life is greatly underrated in India.

Just like the excess foreskin in men, women can have excess skin on the sides of the clitoris. This excess skin can appear to be enlarged, uneven or sometimes even unsightly, thus causing complications and problems in a couple’s sex-life.

What is Clitoral Hood?

The “Clitoral Hood” in women is analogous to foreskin in men. It is a fold of the skin that acts like a flap for clitoris and glans. The shape, size and color of the clitoral hood vary from one woman to another.

Some women have an enlarged clitoral hood, I.e., they have excess skin that may appear unsightly or cause sexual problems. This is also referred to as “excess prepuce”. Hence, many women who are facing difficulties because of this or those who want to reap the benefits of having an appropriate clitoral hood size prefer to reduce it.

What is Hoodoplasty?

As the title suggests, Hoodoplasty is a procedure that helps a woman achieve her desired size of the clitoral hood.

This medical treatment is known by many names

  • Hoodoplasty
  • Clitoral Hood Reduction
  • Reduction of Excess Prepuce
  • Clitoral Hoodectomy
  • Clitoral Unhooding
  • Hoodectomy
  • Clitoropexy
  • Clitoridotomy

Hoodoplasty is a simple, out-patient surgical procedure that takes about an hour from start to finish under local anaesthesia, oral sedation or general anaesthesia depending upon the pateint.

The excess skin (prepuce) is carefully sculpted away without touching the clitoris or any of the surrounding nerves by making a small incision in the clitoral hood to access the excess tissue. After successful completion of the procedure, the incision is closed using dissolvable stitches. This eliminates the need for you to revisit the doctor for the removal of the sutures.

Benefits of Clitoral Hood Reduction

There are numerous benefits of clitoral hood reduction which is why most patients are extremely satisfied with the results.

The clitoris contains over 15,000 nerve endings that help to greatly enhance sexual pleasure. When the clitoris is covered with excess skin, it is desensitized to sexual stimulation and hinders with the woman’s sexual experience. Thus, by reducing the clitoral hood, the clitoris is essentially getting further exposed and can be easily stimulated.

Some of the benefits a woman can expect from clitoral hood reduction are:

  • Satisfying aesthetics of the sexual organ
  • Enhanced sexual pleasure
  • Stronger and more intense orgasms
  • Improves sexual arousal
  • Improves visual appeal of the hood
  • Increases comfort of wearing tighter clothes

These are some of the benefits a woman can expect to gain out of hoodoplasty.

Results and Recovery from Hoodoplasty

The results of the surgery are permanent but may be affected by pregnancy or childbirth. The full extent will not be visible until the inflammation is reduced.

Mild swelling and bruising are common after the surgery. Hoodoplasty is commonly accompanied with labiaplasty and hence the recovery time is primarily determined by labiaplasty. Since it can vary from one person to another, it is recommended that you consult your doctor for a better “tailored” information.

However, it is generally recommended to avoid sexual intercourse for few weeks post the surgery.

Risks Associated with Hoodoplasty

Some risks associated with clitoral hood reduction surgery are:

  • Asymmetry
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Abnormal inflammation
  • Injury to dorsal nerves
  • Over or under-resection
  • Scarring

Choosing and consulting an experienced surgeon like Dr. Deepa Ganes would greatly
help to minimize these risks.