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Clitoral Hood Reduction - Seattle - Vancouver, BC - Radiant Rejuvenation

Clitoral Hood Reduction by an Expert, Experienced Gynecologic and Cosmetic Surgeon

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The clitoris is an important sexual organ, and stimulation of it commonly will lead to sexual excitation, orgasm, and fulfillment. The clitoris is located at the top of the vaginal opening, normally protected by a hood of skin and mucocutaneous tissue. During sexual excitation, the specialized vascular elements in the clitoris will become engorged, and the clitoris becomes erected. The clitoris is covered with dense nerve endings, which will become even more sensitive with the vascular engorgement and erection. With the excitation and erection, the clitoris should then be more exposed from the hood in order for it to receive more direct stimulation during sexual activities.

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Some women have very heavy, redundant skin folds and tissue hooding over the clitoris. The redundant clitoral hood can often cause aesthetic concerns, but more importantly, interfere with sexual function. The redundant clitoral hood makes direct stimulation of the clitoris difficult and decreases sexual excitation and orgasmic response. This is an important concern that needs to be addressed.

It is important to understand the anatomy of the clitoris. The hood of the clitoris is the skin and mucocutaneous tissue directly over the glans (the tip) and the distal shaft of the clitoris. On each side of the hood of the clitoris, there is a fold of skin, termed prepuce, which is continuous with the labia minora – the inner lips of the vagina. The hood of the clitoris can be long, heavy and redundant. The prepuce skin folds can also be redundant and asymmetrical.

Clitoral hood reduction is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the redundant skin and subcutaneous tissue, including the prepuce if indicated, to make the hood of the clitoris more normal in look and function. Since the clitoris is a vital sexual organ, preservation of the nerve sensation and vascular tissue is of utmost importance. Clitoral hood reduction is aimed to improve not only the aesthetic, but also the sexual function. Meticulous resection of redundant tissue and reconstruction using fine plastic surgical techniques, with thorough understanding of vaginal anatomy and physiology, are key components to a successful clitoral hood reduction surgery. The following are two videos in which Dr. Lau will discuss clitoral hood reduction, and the optimization of sexual function with cosmetic vaginal surgery. The latter video is a recording of a lecture presented to plastic and cosmetic surgeons by Dr. Lau during the 2015 AMWC World Congress held in Monte Carlo, Monaco.




Dr. Lau performs clitoral hood reduction using local anesthesia – local numbing medicine, without the need of general anesthesia. The post-operative recovery is brief and not that uncomfortable. Many patients in the Pacific Northwest, including those from Vancouver, BC and Portland, Oregon, have had the clitoral hood reduction done by Dr. Lau as a day trip.

Redundant clitoral hood, corrected with Labiaplasty and Clitoral Hood Reduction

Labiaplasty and Clitoral Hood Reduction