Clitoral hood reduction is one of the most sought after cosmetic gynae surgery in the recent years. Hoodectomy shouldn’t be confused with female genital mutilation (FGM) where part of or complete genital organ is removed. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of women and girls.
There are 3 main reasons for this :
We should all be clear that the clitoral hood reduction is not meant for treating low sex drive.
Patient is expected to show up at least once before surgery and is examined by our team of doctors before the procedure. Expectations of the patient are also noted and scientifically the required corrected length and shape of the hood are finalised. Patient is asked to quit smoking at least 2-4 weeks prior to surgery and to stop blood thinners 2-3 days prior. Alcohol should not be taken 2 days prior to the surgery. General blood investigations are required to be done prior to the surgery. Surgery is preferably done in immediate post menstrual time or next menses can be postponed if wearing pads is troublesome till healing phase is complete.
Patients may experience localised swelling, spotting, mild pain and bruising at the local site. These usually settle down with the prescribed antibiotics and anti inflammatory drugs.
Some patients can have asymmetry, under resection or over resection.Few can have wound discharge and infection if proper hygiene in post operative period is not maintained.