Clitoral Hood Reduction 1
The Clitoral Hood (also called Clitoral Prepuce) is a fold of skin that surrounds and protects the glans of the clitoris; it also covers the external shaft and develops as part of the labia minora and is homologous with the prepuce in male genitals.
The Clitoral Hood, like the foreskin is composed of mucocutaneous tissues, which are tissues that are located between the mucosa and the skin. The clitoral hood is also important not only in protection of the clitoral glans, but also in pleasure, as it is an erogenous tissue.
The Clitoris is a small body composed of spongy tissue. It is located between the labia minora and the clitoral hood. The clitoris is one of the most sensitive parts of a woman’s body. The clitoral glans is shielded by the prepuce or clitoral hood.
When the prepuce or clitoral hood is abundant or excessive, many women become bothered and feel self-conscious. Clitoral Hood Reduction is a cosmetic gynecology surgery done mainly to improve the enlargement, the elongation or disproportioned clitoral hood, caused by genetic, childbirth or aging.
The Female Vulvar Structures
General Notes & Precaution
1) Important points to consider about the Clitoral Hood Reduction
- The Clitoral Hood Reduction, or the Clitoral Hoodoplasty, is a surgical method designed to eliminate excess skin located around the clitoris, and also to decrease the length and projection of the clitoral hood. This is mainly performed together with the Labia Minora Reduction or other types of Cosmetic Gynecology Surgery.
- Like any other surgeries, the Clitoral Hood Reduction has limitations and cannot absolutely ensure satisfactory results, because there are so many factors affecting the surgery’s success. The surgical procedure may result to asymmetry and disproportion of the clitoral hood depending on your former clitoral hood structure. In case of unsatisfactory results or complications, correction surgery may possibly be performed as appropriate. You and Dr. Vitasna will discuss the matter together.
- If correction surgery will be done due to the complication of the surgery, all expenses for services and treatment will no longer be charged to you. However, if the unsatisfactory results occur due to the complication from your non-compliance with Dr. Vitasna’s orders, you will be charged accordingly.
- The Clitoral Hood Reduction is not allowed for women with immunodeficiency. In addition, the Clitoral Hood Reduction is not recommended unless you have a discussion with your spouse, as this may lead to problems and misunderstandings caused by refraining from sexual intercourse for quite a time..
- Within the day of the appointment for the Clitoral Hood Reduction, you should not drive yourself after the surgery in order to protect against any accidents caused by dizziness as a result of the sedation.
- You should also take a rest (refrain from work) and be still for 1-2 days after the surgery to enable the wound to heal faster. You should have little movement as possible to avoid wound disruption for 1 week after the surgery, refrain from some types of exercise, and sexual intercourse for 4-6 weeks after the surgery.
- The Clitoral Hood Reduction is performed in our operating room for approximately 1 hour under Intravenous (IV) Sedation and Local Anesthesia. You have to refrain from drinking water or food for at least 6 hours prior to the surgery in order to decrease the risk of aspirating gastric contents during or after the surgery. This complication is very serious, and you need to strictly follow our recommendations
- The rate of post-surgical complications is low, especially when laser is utilized by an experienced surgeon and you carefully and religiously follow our post-operative care instructions. In the unlikely event of post-operative complications, you should immediately see Dr. Vitasna for early examination and treatment to prevent worsening of the complication.
2) Before the Clitoral Hood Reduction
- Prior to the Clitoral Hood Reduction, you will be invited to a pre-operative consultation room, where you will be evaluated for surgery. You will be received by a member of the nursing staff in our Center, who will make inquiries regarding your previous medical history as well as arrange for your vital signs such as temperature, respiration, blood pressure, and pulse. In case of existing diseases or drug allergies, please inform the medical staff before the consultation. You should take with you any pills or treatment medications you are currently taking.
- You can possibly have the Clitoral Hood Reduction done on the day of your consultation depending on the availability of Dr. Vitasna’s schedule. Otherwise you may book for a possible surgery on the day of your consultation. This you may do through online pre-consultation and arrangement. It is best to undergo the surgery after your period. It is not advisable to do the surgery just before the period starts or during the period.
- A staff nurse will usher you to a treatment room, where Dr. Vitasna will investigate your health history and conduct both a general check-up and internal check-up. In case you have vaginal fungal or bacterial infection, you should completely treat it before the surgery to avoid wound infection after the surgery.
- After the examination and assessment, you will discuss with Dr. Vitasna about your expectations and concerns. She will then explain to you about the methods (or techniques), processes of the procedure, some potential post-operative risks and complications prior to decision-making. You may also be asked if you have any allergies or any condition that wouldn’t make you a good candidate for the surgery, as well as other additional inquiries.
- After you have chosen the best alternative for your case, prices and quotes will be written down with you. —This ends your consultation.