Clitoral hood reduction is a surgical procedure in which extra tissues around the clitoris are trimmed or removed. The procedure is often performed along with a labiaplasty, where the size of the smaller lips is reduced. During the procedure, any excess folds in the clitoral hood are removed and the wound is closed with dissolvable stitches. The purpose of this procedure may be to reduce the size of the clitoral hood to improve appearance, or to expose more of the clitoris to improve sexual stimulation.


People may choose this procedure for various reasons, including:

  • Aesthetic concerns: Desire for a more streamlined genital appearance.
  • Physical discomfort: Excess tissue can cause irritation, chafing, or discomfort during physical activities.
  • Enhanced sexual pleasure: Reducing the hood can make the clitoris more accessible and sensitive during sexual activity.

Good candidates are individuals who are in good general health, have realistic expectations about the outcome, and experience discomfort or dissatisfaction with the appearance of their clitoral hood.

The surgery typically involves:

  • Local anesthesia or sedation.
  • Removal or reduction of excess clitoral hood tissue.
  • Suturing the remaining tissue to achieve the desired shape. The procedure usually takes about 1-2 hours and is often performed on an outpatient basis.

Recovery involves:

  • Swelling and bruising: Common in the first few days.
  • Pain management: Prescribed pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Hygiene: Keeping the area clean and dry.
  • Activity restrictions: Avoiding strenuous activities and sexual intercourse for 4-6 weeks. Most patients can return to work and light activities within a week.

As with any surgical procedure, clitoral hood reduction carries potential risks, including:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Changes in sensation (temporary or permanent)
  • Asymmetry or dissatisfaction with cosmetic results
  • Hematoma (blood accumulation under the skin)

The results of clitoral hood reduction are typically long-lasting. Maintaining a stable weight and practicing good hygiene can help sustain the outcomes. Aging and hormonal changes can still affect the area over time.