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Dr. Placik | Clitoral Hood Reduction Chicago

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.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on clitoral hood reduction, including prices.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

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.


About Clitoral Hood Reduction

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.

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Clitoral Hood Reduction FAQ

Am I a candidate?

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.

What will my consultation be like?

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.

How much does clitoral hood reduction cost?

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.

What can I expect during surgery and recovery?

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.

Will my sex life improve after surgery?

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.

What are the risks?

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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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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