Clitoral hood reduction surgery is performed by our Gynaecologist or Urologist. This procedure is designed to reduce the size of the clitoral hood. The Clitoral hood is designed to protect the clitoris and is a fold of skin. If you clitoral hood gives you discomfort this can be eased with a  clitoral hood reduction surgery. Other Patients have this procedure to increase sensations in the clitoris. The clitoral hood pulls back to reveal the clitoris when you are sexually aroused. The clitoral hood protects the clitoris from over sensitivity.

Clitoral hood reduction surgery: The Procedure

This surgery will take approximately one hour. Because it is performed under general anaesthetic you will feel no pain during the procedure itself.

During the procedure the Surgeon will remove excess skin from the folds that cover your clitoris.

You can also choose to have a labiaplasty at the same time as clitoral hood reduction and it is often performed at the same time.

Dissolvable sutures are use to close the wound and after a short recovery of two to three hours, you will able to go home

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Clitoral hood reduction surgery: After the procedure

You should arrange to take off work depending on the type of work that you do. Most patients arrange around one week off work. If your job is particularly physical, then you may need to take  slightly longer.

Expect the area to feel quite sore in the first week or two. This is perfectly normal. You will be given a course of antibiotics to take and some pain relief medication. Be sure to complete the course of antibiotics, these help minimise the risk of infection.

You may notice some swelling in the first few weeks after surgery. This will gradually settle down over time. Most of the swelling should have settled within six weeks. You can help reduce swelling by applying a cold pack to the area for ten to twenty minutes, leaving twenty minutes betwek ach application. This may also help reduce pain and discomfort.

You must avoid baths at first. It is important to keep the area very clean, but shower rather than taking baths in the first few weeks. Wear comfortable underwear, nothing too tight fitting as this may increase discomfort.

It is important to avoid sexual intercourse for six weeks. Use sanitary towels rather than tampons for six weeks.

Our patient care team will arrange follow up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your recovery

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Clitoral hood reduction surgery: Risks and complications

Most patents who undergo clitoral hood reduction surgery do so without any complications, Of course, all surgical procedures carry some element of risk and you should be aware of them. These include,

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Poor wound healing
  • Nerve damage
  • Need for revision surgery
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Your Patient Journey

If this is your first experience of reaching a cosmetic surgery or aesthetic medical procedure, we understand it can be a bit daunting. In this short guide we outline the steps from start to finish of your procedure, so you can see the pathway to a new you!

1. Step One

Everything starts with a simple phone call or website form enquiry. Our patient co-ordinators are on hand to give you all the information you need and then arrange a free consultation for you with one of the Plastic Surgeons. This stage enables you to find out the facts such as likely costs, what the surgery fees include, available dates for surgery, what aftercare is included etc.

2. Step Two

This is your consultation with the Plastic Surgeon. This is where you find out exactly what can be achieved for you. Here you will discuss implant types, sizes, your hopes and fears for the surgery. You also get to ask questions directly to the Plastic Surgeon and of course he will carry out an examination. At this stage you may also book your surgery or confirm a pre booked date. At this stage any pre operative checks will also be done, and any pre op tests needed will be arranged for you.

3. Step Three

This will be the day of your procedure. You will go to the hospital at the admission time and meet your Plastic Surgeon once again , together with his medical team. The Anaesthetist will come to see you before the procedure and discuss the anaesthetic with you. Then the nursing will take care of your right through the day to ensure a pleasant and smooth experience.

4. Step Four

This is the period of your aftercare. Your Plastic Surgeon will see you for follow up in the hospital and on video to ensure a smooth recovery. You will also have access to our patient care support team whenever you have any general questions. We want you to be totally supported after your surgery and pride ourselves in the aftercare and support we provide our patients.

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    What kind of anaesthetic is used for the surgery ?

    Clitoral hood reduction surgery is performed under general anaesthetic to ensure that your procedure is painless.

    Can I go home on the same day as clitoral hood reduction surgery ?

    Following a short recovery period of two to three hours, you will be able to go home on the same day. You will need to ensure that someone comes to the hospital to collect you

    Can clitoral hood reduction improve sensitivity during sex ?

    This surgery can heighten sensitivity because the clitoral hood itself covers the clitoris which is extremely sensitive.

    Do I need to contact my Doctor about Clitoral hood reduction ?

    You do not need a GP referral for clitoral hood reduction surgery. Contact us and we will arrange an appointment directly with our Gynaecologist or Urologist for this procedure

    How long should I take off work ?

    We recommend taking one week off work after the procedure. You should limit your activities in the first week as you will feel sore. If you have a job which is quite physical then you may need up to two weeks off work.

    Who performs the clitoral hood reduction ?

    This procedure is performed by our Gynaecologist or Urologist. Both are on the GMC ( General Medical Council) specialist register for Urology.

    Do I need a consultation for clitoral hood reduction ?

    Yes. We will arrange an appointment for you to see our Gynaecologist or Urologist about the procedure. They will explain how the procedure works and carry ot an examination to assess if clitoral hood reduction is the right procedure for you.

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