When it comes to the look of a woman’s clitoris, only small and minimally invasive alterations are required to make a world of difference. The clitoris is covered up by a hood of tissue called prepuce.

The clitoral hood protects the clitoris from being persistently rubbed. Constant friction can lead to desensitization, over-stimulation and even pain. It helps to keep the area moist and completes the exterior of normal female genitalia. At times it can be too large or lengthy. This can be caused by genetics or childbirth.

A clitoral hood reduction, also known as Clitoral Hoodectomy is a cosmetic surgical procedure to reduce the size of the clitoral hood by taking out excess tissue. The process is usually performed along with a labiaplasty, which reduces the size of the labia minora.


Clitoral Hoodectomy

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The procedure has gained enormous popularity in recent years and has become one of the fastest-growing groups of cosmetic plastic surgeries for a range of reasons.

These delicate procedures including labiaplasty are safe, effective and leave female patients extremely pleased with the aesthetic results and confident in intimate scenarios. While some women go for labiaplasty to simply get a neat and more symmetrical appearance, many times, females choose the procedure as a result of long physical discomfort, to deal with the effects of childbirth, and to increase sexual pleasure and intimacy.

A clitoral hood reduction method involves making two bilateral incisions on both sides of the hood and the prepuce tissues covering the clitoris are retracted and minimized.

The CO2 laser is used in the process which minimizes thermal effect and risk of bleeding.

Dissolvable sutures are used to tie up the incisions which dissolve in four to six weeks. Patients get light local sedation for the method.

How does CO2 Laser work?

The CO2 laser leaves behind small laser patches that treat the skin in the desired way. This laser has numerous benefits and advantages.

In this treatment, the topmost layer of the skin is targeted with CO2 ( Carbon Dioxide ) and ultra pulse beam radiation which remove the aged, wrinkled and damaged cells of the skin.

One small area is treated at one time in order to surface a small amount of area with concentrated patches, as per the requirement. One small patch of the skin is infused with microscopic CO2 laser patches, promoting new collagen fabrication in the tissue below the treated skin. The blood vessels, nerve fibers or nerve endings are not damaged or affected in the treatment. 



There are no huge risks associated with this type of surgery. The risks and complications include scarring, altered sensation (either decreased or increased), over-exposure, hypersensitivity, bleeding, infection and dislike with aesthetic results. At times many patients get either too much or too little of clitoral hood removed.


The recovery is usually quick, with the least bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Healing is expected to be complete without noticeable scarring. You can return to normal actions within a few days but should avoid strenuous activity and sexual activity for about a month. Patients may feel confident in new, aesthetically pleasing contours that look symmetrical and feminine.

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