A hood, a fold of skin generated by the labia minora, protects the visible region of the woman’s clitoris. The clitoral hood shields the clitoris’s sensitive glans from contact or rubbing.

The clitoral hood appears differently in each woman. Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their clitoral hood may seek treatment through cosmetic surgery.

Clitoral hood reduction surgery, also known as a hoodectomy, can remove extra skin from the clitoris (also known as the prepuce). This improves the genitalia’s cosmetic appearance and may also aid improve sexual performance by making the clitoris more accessible.

The operation can be done as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with labiaplasty.

Clitoral hood reduction is usually done with local anesthesia and oral sedation. General anaesthesia may be used in some instances.

The length of the incisions can vary based on the patient’s anatomy and the surgical goals. If simply greater clitoris exposure is desired and no skin excision is required, the surgeon will often make an incision in the center of the clitoral hood along the length of the prepuce.

If the operation is combined with a labiaplasty, the excess skin can be removed as a Y-shaped extension of the labiaplasty. Incisions are often treated with absorbable sutures that disintegrate on their own.

The surgery takes around 30 minutes to complete, and you should be able to go home soon after.