Clitoral Hood Reduction
By Female Plastic Surgeon, Traci Temmen, M.D. Tampa, Florida
As the field of elective female genital surgery continues to grow, women and plastic surgeons alike expect ever more sophisticated surgical techniques to deliver refined and accurate results. This is particularly true for the intricate surgeries involved in cosmetic female genital surgery, including clitoral hood reduction. Clitoral hood reduction can be performed alone or in combination with labiaplasty surgery, vaginal rejuvenation, or vaginal tightening surgery. Dr. Traci Temmen in Tampa, Florida is a leader in cosmetic surgery of the female genitalia. Her exacting surgical technique, relatable personality, and perfectionist nature has made her one of the busiest labiaplasty and clitoral hood surgeons in the United States.
What is a Clitoral Hood Reduction
The clitoral hood is a delicate flap of tissue covering the clitoris near the top of a woman’s vulva. The clitoral hood serves to protect the clitoris from over-stimulation during normal daily activities. Occasionally, either because of genetics, aging, or medications, these tissues can become enlarged, unaesthetic, and even uncomfortable. Clitoral hood reduction is a surgical technique designed to reduce the size and redundancy of the clitoral hood tissues, making this important anatomical structure more attractive and refined, while still preserving its main function of protecting the clitoris.
Who is a Good Candidate for Clitoral Hood Reduction
Ideal candidates for clitoral hood reduction are healthy, non-smokers, and are unhappy with either the appearance or functioning of the clitoral hood. These patients are often concerned with other aspects of their genitalia and are also considering labiaplasty, perineoplasty, or vaginal tightening surgery as well. However, clitoral hood reduction can also be performed as a stand-alone procedure.
Who is Not a Good Candidate for Clitoral Hood Reduction
Despite what the media may say, clitoral hood reduction is not proven to increase a woman’s ability to achieve orgasm or to increase the intensity of orgasm. Clitoral hood reduction should not be performed if this is the sole goal of surgery. Similarly, certain medications, particularly hormone replacement therapies including testosterones, can increase the size, length, and thickness of the clitoris as well as the clitoral hood. In these patients, a very conservative clitoral hood reduction should be precisely planned and executed, if performed at all. Over-resection of the clitoral hood must be avoided as it is difficult to correct and can cause a surprising amount of discomfort.
Clitoral Hood Reduction Scars
The scars from a clitoral hood reduction, similar to the scars from a labiaplasty, are performed in the thin, mucosal tissues of the external female genitalia. Because these tissues are naturally wrinkly, scars in this area tend to heal very well. Clitoral hood reduction scars are usually placed above and/or on the sides of the clitoral hood and are well hidden once fully healed.
Recovery After Clitoral Hood Reduction
Similar to a labiaplasty or perineoplasty, Dr. Traci Temmen performs clitoral hood reduction surgery under local anesthesia in her Tampa, Florida office. Patients are completely awake and able to drive to and from the office on the day of surgery. Patients require minimal pain medication following the procedure and are able to return to work in one to two days. Out of town patients may return home after one to three days. Like most surgeries performed on the genitalia, patients undergoing clitoral hood reduction must observe vaginal precautions (i.e. no sex, no tampons, nothing inserted in the vagina, and no manual or oral stimulation of the clitoris) and limited exercise for six weeks following surgery.
Cost of Clitoral Hood Reduction
The cost of clitoral hood reduction with Dr. Traci Temmen in Tampa, Florida starts at approximately $2,000 when performed alone under local anesthesia. When performed in combination with another surgery, the price of clitoral hood reduction is usually reduced to between $500 and $1,500. However, complexity and extra anticipated time in the operating can increase the total price of clitoral hood reduction.
Risks of Clitoral Hood Reduction
Bleeding and infection are very rare complications following a clitoral hood reduction. More common effects of clitoral hood reduction are under reduction, asymmetries, or visible scarring. Because the nerves that supply the clitoris and genitalia are deep, permanent nerve injury to the clitoris during clitoral hood reduction is rare. On the other hand, over resection of the clitoral hood can cause exposure and painful irritation of the clitoris. To avoid this and other complications, Dr. Traci Temmen performs a thorough history and physical examination of each patient considering clitoral hood reduction or labiaplasty. She will discuss all aspects of the surgery, patient desires, and most likely outcomes. Dr. Temmen is a board-certified plastic surgery with years of experience performing clitoral hood reduction and other surgeries of the female genitalia. She is accurate, skilled, and above all, safe.
Before and After Clitoral Hood Reduction Photos
Dr. Traci Temmen is one of the busiest clitoral hood reduction, labiaplasty, and vaginal rejuvenation surgeons in the Southeast United States. Patients come from all over Tampa Bay, Florida, the United States, and abroad for her experience and expertise in performing these delicate and deeply personal surgeries. Please visit the website to see her before and after clitoral hood reduction photos as well as before and after labiaplasty photos. More before and after clitoral hood reduction and labiaplasty photos are on display at Dr. Temmen’s Tampa, Florida plastic surgery office and can be viewed during an in-person consultation.
To schedule a clitoral hood reduction or labiaplasty consultation with Dr. Traci Temmen today, please call the office at 813-877-2277.