CLITORAL HOOD REDUCTION FAQ DALLAS
WHY CLITORAL HOOD REDUCTION?
The solitary function of the clitoris is to induce sexual pleasure. As the female equivalent to a man’s penis, the clitoris is covered by a hood (which is similar to a man’s foreskin). Occasionally this hood or tissue covering can be large, redundant (also called clitoral hypertrophy) and cause inability to achieve stimulation to the clitoris. The redundant tissue can also be uncomfortable while wearing a bathing suit or tight fitting clothing.
HOW DO I KNOW IF CLITORAL HOOD REDUCTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Women who need a clitoral hood reduction generally complain of lack of ability for stimulation of their clitoris. The hood covers the clitoris to the extent that adequate stimulation is difficult. Dr. True is uniquely qualified to help women evaluate and treat these intimate but important concerns. Because of his training as a board certified gynecologist, he can discuss their concerns and their problems so they can determine whether they desire this and other genital cosmetic procedures.
HOW IS CLITORAL HOOD REDUCTION PERFORMED?
The procedure to reduce the clitoral hood is a simple, outpatient procedure where the hood is surgically incised and the excess skin tissue is removed to allow for improved stimulation of the clitoris. As the female equivalent to a man’s penis, the clitoris is covered by a hood (which is similar to a man’s foreskin). Just like during a circumcision of the male, the excess skin overhanging the clitoris can be reduced surgically.
Normally the procedure is performed using mild sedation and a local anesthetic. Patients thus are awake during the procedure and do not require a general anesthetic. After the procedure, most women complain of mild to moderate pain, treated adequately with pain medicine and topical anesthetic ointments.
WHAT OTHER PROCEDURES ARE USUALLY DONE WITH CLITORAL HOOD REDUCTION?
Clitoral hood hypertrophy is often seen in women who also have labial hypertrophy, or excess labia minora where their tissue hangs down below their vulva. In these circumstances, reduction of the tissue covering the clitoris can be performed at the same time of labiaplasty if desired. The nerves that supply the clitoris are not involved in these procedures, and therefore there is no decrease in sensation or orgasm experienced.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THE PROCEDURE?
The procedure to reduce the clitoral hood is a simple, outpatient procedure where the hood is surgically incised and an adequate amount of tissue removed to allow for the clitoris to be stimulated easily. When performed with labiaplasty, it should be emphasized that the nerves that supply the clitoris are not involved in these procedures, and therefore there is no decrease in sensation or orgasm experienced.
If you would like further information regarding Clitoral Hood Reduction, or would like to make an appointment for a consultation, please call our office.