The clitoris is the most sensitive area of a woman’s body, with over 8000 nerve endings. The visible tip of the clitoris (clitoral glans) is partially covered by the clitoral hood. Although the clitoral hood provides protection, excess hood tissue can interfere with stimulation and make achieving orgasm more difficult.
Clitoral hood reduction permanently removes excess or redundant tissue so the clitoris can be more easily stimulated or accessed during sex. This can help women become aroused and achieve orgasm more quickly. The clitoral hood can also be reduced for aesthetic reasons, often as part of a labiaplasty. It is quite different from a hoodectomy, where all the hood tissue is removed with constant exposure of the clitoris. Clitoral hood reduction has many other names such as a hoodoplasty, hoodotomy, and may be referred to as a clitoroplasty, although this should be distinguished from a clitoropexy or clitoral reduction, which are performed for an excessively large or protruding clitoris.
Genital rejuvenation specialist Dr. Otto Placik is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Chicago and its suburbs. Dr. Placik is a skilled surgeon who has helped hundreds of women achieve improved sexual confidence through clitoral hood reduction.
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Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
The sole purpose of the clitoris (sometimes colloquially referred to as the “clit”) is to provide sexual pleasure, and the majority of women cannot climax without clitoral stimulation. However, if the clitoral hood provides too much protective coverage or the excess tissue is so bulky that direct stimulation of the clitoris cannot occur, the feelings of arousal can be greatly diminished. An overly large clitoral hood can also make reaching orgasm more difficult.
During clitoral hood reduction, Dr. Placik uses a meticulous and cautious surgical technique to avoid removing too much tissue that could leave the clitoris overly exposed, a sensation that patients may find too intense. The clitoris itself and surrounding nerves are not touched during the procedure, ensuring that you retain full sensation after surgery.
In most cases, clitoral hood reduction is performed as an outpatient procedure and doesn’t require general anesthesia or a hospital stay. Instead, Dr. Placik prefers using a local anesthetic, sometimes combined with oral sedation. Dr. Placik adopts a delicate approach toward clitoral hood reduction in order to prevent scarring and ensure optimum results.
Patients typically return home the same day as their surgery, although recovery time will vary depending on if other procedures were performed at the same time. It’s common to perform a clitoral hood reduction in combination with other female genital rejuvenation procedures such as labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation. Incorporating G-spot enhancement at the same time can help increase internal sexual sensation in addition to the enhanced clitoral stimulation women often experience after clitoral hood reduction.
Women who find that achieving clitoral stimulation is difficult or diminished or who are unhappy with the physical appearance of excess tissue covering their clitoris are usually good candidates for a clitoral hood reduction. It’s also important to have realistic expectations about the procedure, and to be in good general physical and mental health overall.
During your first meeting with Dr. Placik at our office in Chicago or Arlington Heights, you’ll discuss your hopes fur surgery in detail. Dr. Placik will also ask you several questions in order to gain a better understanding of your goals. It’s not uncommon for Dr. Placik to recommend additional procedures that can complement the effects of your clitoral hood reduction either in terms of aesthetics or function.
Costs for clitoral hood reduction will vary depending on the complexity of surgery and whether other procedures are being performed at the same time. The fees include payment to Dr. Placik himself as well as the fee for the surgical facility. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.
A clitoral hood reduction can typically be performed in a fairly quick amount of time under a local anesthetic, even when combined with other genital rejuvenation procedures. Because the surgery is relatively simple and the vaginal area has such a robust blood supply, recovery is also reasonably fast for most women. Over-the-counter pain medication can help ease discomfort, especially in combination with ice packs. You can expect some swelling initially, but this should dissipate rapidly. Dr. Placik will give you detailed information about the surgery itself as well as instructions he’ll ask you to follow during your recovery.
The purpose of clitoral hood reduction is to enhance clitoral stimulation during sex by facilitating access. In women for whom aesthetics were a concern prior to surgery, the renewed self-confidence that often arises as a result of clitoral hood reduction can contribute to a more positive sexual relationship as well.
Because clitoral hood reduction is not a complex surgery in the technical sense, the risks of serious side effects during or after the procedure are minimal. Potential risks include those that exist during any surgery such as bleeding or infection. The risks for more serious complications, like numbness or scarring, are possible but rare.
Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about clitoral hood reduction, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.
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