Clitoral Hood Reduction Surgery

Clitoral Hood Reduction is a genital surgical procedure for women who struggle with excess skin and hood over the top of the clitoris. The excess skin can be trimmed with the help of a procedure to reduce bulkiness. It essentially tightens uneven and thick labia that causes pain, irritation and sometimes embarrassment.  Dr Scott Turner is an expert on Labiaplasty Surgery and Clitoral Hood Reduction and is an experienced plastic surgeon in Newcastle & Sydney NSW.

Clitoral hood reduction surgery not only improves the appearance of labia but also increases sexual pleasure for women during intercourse. It is a fairly quick procedure that can be combined with labiaplasty and can be performed in under an hour. Most patients are sent home on the same day of the surgery. 

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Benefits of Clitoral Hood Reduction 

It is ideal for women suffering from emotional, cosmetic or physical issues associated with a long clitoral hood and has the following benefits:

  • Increased Sexual Pleasure – The removal of excess skin via surgery increases sexual pleasure and sensation
  • Enhanced Stimulation – Clitoral hood reduction can enhance clitoral stimulation. 
  • More Orgasms – Some women report stronger, more frequent orgasms. 
  • Improved Look and Confidence – It improves the appearance of the vulva and enhances your confidence. 
  • Feminine Appeal – It gives you a natural, more feminine-looking vagina. 
  • Increased Comfort – The surgery decreases discomfort during sexual intercourse. 

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Clitoral Hood Surgery?

You may be an ideal candidate for Clitoral Hood Reduction:

  • You are in generally good health. 
  • Your weight is stable and your BMI is reasonable 
  • You do not smoke or drink or can quit it for six weeks’ time period. 
  • You are not allergic to anesthesia. 
  • You have realistic expectations from the surgery. 

Preparing for Clitoral Hood Reduction

Preparation is the key for any surgery including clitoral hood reduction. Here are a few tips that will help you prepare for the surgery: 

  • No Smoking – Do not smoke for six weeks before and after clitoral hood reduction. 
  • No Alcohol – Avoid drinking alcohol for at least a few weeks before the surgery. 
  • Tidy Up Before Surgery – Make sure you shower, scrub and shave the day before surgery. 
  • Check your Medication – Alter your medication as per the surgeon’s recommendation for a month before the surgery. Generally, blood thinners and herbal supplements must be avoided. 
  • Prep Up In Advance- Get a medical evaluation and lab testing done. 
  • Shopping Time – Get your hands on some loose, comfy and breathable trousers. 
  • Apply for Leave – Take a few days off from work so you can rest and heal comfortably. 
  • Prepare in Advance – Do all the grocery shopping, meal prep, prepare a comfortable resting space at home. 
  • Avoid Exercising – Do not exercise for 24 hours before the surgery. 

Clitoral Hood Reduction Procedure 

It is a quick but quite intricate procedure that can take less than forty-five to sixty minutes to be performed.

  • Consultation – Every surgery begins with a consultation. During the consultation, Dr Turner will have a closer look at your labia, discuss your goals, determine how much excess skin can be realistically removed and the possible results. He will also guide you about your risks and the recovery phase. By the end of the consultation, you will have a clear idea of how the results will look like post-surgery. 
  • Anesthesia – The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia so you will be awake during the procedure. Dr Turner will numb the surgical site with anesthesia to avoid any pain and discomfort. It can also be done under General Anaesthesia where you will be asleep for the procedure.
  • Incision – The surgeon will carefully make a horizontal incision in the clitoral hood. 
  • Removal of Skin – With the incision, prepuce projection is reduced by removing the excess tissue. 
  • Stitches – Dr Turner will close the incision with the help of absorbable sutures and might cover it with a light bandage. Most likely, you will be allowed to go home the same day. 
recovery after clitoral hood reduction

Recovery after Clitoral Hood Reduction

It is important to remember that each person is different and heals at a slightly different pace. Most patients are able to go back to work within three to four days after the surgery. You will have a follow-up post-op appointment. Do not miss it. During the first two weeks after the surgery, your body will start to heal. By the end of week two, your wound will be healed significantly. You can start getting back to your usual activities.

Please avoid exercising at this point. Most people can get back to their exercise routine in four to six weeks after the surgery. It is best to avoid sexual intercourse for the first six weeks after the surgery. Always look for any signs of infections and if you spot any, immediately get in touch with your surgeon. 

Post-Surgical Care

Here are a few tips that will help your recovery period go by smoothly:

  • Dizziness Post Surgery – Some patients can experience slight dizziness post-surgery so it is recommended to rest for a few days till you began to feel better. This can be common after the administration of anesthesia.
  • Make Arrangements in Advance – You will have to arrange for someone responsible to drive you home after the surgery is done. Make sure you get it do this in advance to avoid worry on the day of the surgery. 
  • Medication is Important – Take all the medications; painkillers and anti-biotics prescribed by your surgeon to avoid any kind of discomfort post the clitoral hood reduction procedure. Take them on time and do not skip any. 
  • Cold Therapy Helps – Use a cold pack to minimize any swelling. It feels quite comfortable as well. Be careful not to ‘ice burn’ yourself as you will feel quite numb down there for a few days following the surgery. 
  • Delay Showering – Avoid taking a shower for 48 hours after the surgery. Baths, pools, hot tubs are to be avoided till your incisions heal fully. 
  • Treatment Site Care – Keep the treated site clean and dry at all times. Any kind of moisture can lead to infection. If you suspect an infection, speak up. 
  • Rest Equals Healing – It is best to take three to four days, preferably a week off from work to rest comfortably and allow your body to heal quickly. Aim at sleeping for 8 hours at night and take short naps through the day as needed. 
  • Do Not Exercise too early – Avoid exercising for at least four to six weeks after the surgery as it can irritate the incision site and lead to excessive swelling or bruising. 
  • Quit Smoking/Drinking – Do not smoke or consume alcohol for at least two weeks post the surgery. If you wish to heal at a faster pace, you’ll have to quit both drinking and smoking. 
  • Nutrition counts – Eat healthy, low sodium meals to avoid excessive swelling and nourish your body properly. Include lots of protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your meals. 
  • Avoid Sex – Avoid having intercourse for four to six weeks or till you are fully healed. It is crucial to stick to this rule. 
  • Follow Up Visits – Prevention is always better than cure. Attend all the follow-up appointments to ensure everything is healing at the right pace and you have no serious complications. 
  • Clothing – Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing anything too tight as it can cause irritation.
  • Hydrate – Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated at all times. Aim at drinking one and a half to two litres of water per day. 

Risks and Complications of Clitoral Hood Surgery

If you choose the right plastic surgeon and follow all the pre and post-surgical care instructions, you will get the best results. However, clitoral hood reduction is a surgical procedure and comes with a certain degree of risks and complications such as pain, abnormal bleeding, excessive discharge, excessive swelling, inflammation, infection or discolouration. See the Risks of Surgery page for more details.

Cost of Clitoral Hood Reduction

Firstly, it is important to understand that the cost depends on a couple of factors such as the surgeon you choose and the operating facility and therefore will vary from one surgeon to another.

It is important to keep in mind that medicare and health insurance will NOT pay for clitoral hood reduction as it is an elective aesthetic procedure and not deemed medically necessary.  Please make an enquiry to get a price range.

How to Choose the Best Clitoral Hood Reduction Surgeon

The clitoris is a very delicate part of your anatomy. Therefore, it requires the expertise of a well-trained, experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. Like any other surgery, the importance of choosing the right surgeon directly affects the outcome. To avoid risk, it is important to invest some time and effort in choosing the right surgeon. Have a closer look at the facility your surgery is going to take place in. make sure you are in a safe and clean environment. 

Do your research, read online reviews, learn more about the experiences of different people, have a clear understanding of the risks associated with the clitoral hood reduction, what goes into the recovery period, fees, and how much time will you need to take off from work.

Once, you fully understand the procedure, trust the surgeon, only then proceed with the surgery. 

FAQs Regarding Clitoral Hood Reduction 

Here is a list of frequently asked questions we get regarding clitoral hood reduction: 

Does clitoral hood reduction increase sensitivity

Yes, clitoral hood reduction increases sensitivity.

Can you have surgery on your clitoris?

Yes, clitoral hood reduction also known as Hoodectomy or Hoodectomy is a minor genital surgery procedure done on the clitoris to removing excess skin that sheaths the clitoral node.

Does labiaplasty include hood reduction?

No, labiaplasty and hood reduction are two different procedures but they can be performed at the same time.

Can you be awake during clitoral hood reduction?

Yes, you can be awake during clitoral hood reduction if your surgeon uses local anesthesia.

Will I lose feeling if I have a clitoral hood reduction?

No, you will not lose feeling after clitoral hood reduction.

Can you walk after a clitoral hood reduction?

Yes, you can walk after clitoral hood reduction. However, it is recommended to minimize walking and other physical activities a few days after the procedure.

How do you recover from clitoral hood reduction?

Follow all the post-op instructions given by your surgeon, rest, eat healthy, keep your incisions clean and dry, opt for follow up visits for a smooth recovery after clitoral hood reduction.

Are the results of the surgery permanent?

Yes, the results of the surgery are permanent and last your entire lifetime.

What are the possible risks associated with the surgery?

Bleeding, infection, bruising, pain, abnormal discharge are some of the possible complications that can occur after the surgery.

Will health insurance pay for clitoral hood reduction?

No, insurance will not pay for clitoral hood reduction surgery as it is regarded as an elective procedure and is not deemed as a medical necessity.

When can I exercise after clitoral hood reduction?

Avoid exercising for a period of four to six weeks or till your surgeon gives you a go. Exercising early on can damage the treated site and lead to problems like swelling, bleeding and infections.

How long does the initial recovery period last?

The first initial phase of recovery will last anywhere from three to five days. However, it is important to adhere to post-care instructions till week six until you are fully healed.

How painful is clitoral hood reduction?

The surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing during the procedure. Post-surgery, Dr Turner will give you pain killers to counter pain. 

Medical Reference

  • PRS Article – Aesthetic labia minora and clitoral hood reduction using extended central wedge resection

Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures.

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a medical referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation with Dr Turner

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Turner
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simpler clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

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How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Turner

  • You can book your initial consultation with Dr Scott Turner by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.

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